At one point in our younger lives, we wanted to be like someone famous and in the case of Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Carrick Felix, he wanted to be like a professional skateboarding legend.
Felix told Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer that he grew up idolizing skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and wanted to be the “next Tony Hawk”:
“I wanted to be the next Tony Hawk,” he said, referring to the most famous skateboarder in the world.
From the age of 7, when a neighbor kid on a skateboard landed in Felix’s front yard outside Phoenix, until his junior year in high school, Felix was on his board all day every day. “i was always outside practicing from 7 o’clock in the morning to 12 o’clock at night,” he admitted.
But by 11th grade he started to focus on basketball, eventually earning a scholarship to Arizona State. He found that some skateboard skills involving balance and footwork actually transferred quite naturally to basketball. Then in his sophomore year with the Aztecs, his coaches suggest he put the board away.
“The skateboard is off limits,” Felix said, laughing. “I still have it in my room. I never get on it [but] it’s always fun to look at.”
Carrick Felix had dreams of being the next Tony Hawk [Cleveland.com]
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