Former NBA rebounding champion gives inspiration to 200 young students

michael-cage-netsEarly in October, former NBA rebounding champion visited the Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas and devoted some of his time to talk with the young students there.

The 6’9 Michael Cage, who once led the NBA in rebounds, and now is the Oklahoma City Thunder broadcaster, spoke to the students Oct. 17, and offered them some valuable advice about going after their dreams, no matter what it is and no matter how long it may take to achieve it.

“I was one of those kids that dreamed all the time,” Cage told them. “No matter how small you are right now, don’t let anyone take that dream away from you.”

Cage said his dream became a reality after thousands of hours in the classroom and on the court.

“There’s no time limit on your dreams,” said Cage. “It could take 12 years it could take 14 years. A dream without a plan is just a wish.”

Cage also played some basketball at the event, packed with some 200 4th and 5th graders.

Michael Cage played 15 seasons in the NBA, for LA Clippers, Seattle Sonics, Cleveland Cavs, Philadelphia Sixers and New Jersey Nets.

Cage averaged career high 15.7 ppg in 1986-87 and led the NBA in rebounds per game with 13.0 a year later. Cage played a total of 1140 NBA games (started in 733), averaging 7.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg in 26.1 mpg.


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