NW, Washington D.C.- Former Georgetown Hoya Chris Wright has made remarkable strides in his bout with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), today he decided to further educate and inform the public about the disease. Wright held his first charity event for the cause, “Chris Wright 1st Annual MS Basketball Jamboree.” There are many who weren’t even aware of Wright having the disease, he had a very good career at Georgetown university and then there was a space between his leaving school and his landing with the Dallas Mavericks last NBA season. The event was held at a very familiar setting for Wright, St. John’s College High School where he was named All Met three times during his career. Due to a rule in the latest NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NBA Players that were scheduled to attend were not allowed to participate. That didn’t put a damper on the day as the talent on the DMV was truly on display by many talented players who are not yet in the NBA. Jeff Green, Greg Monroe, John Wallace, Coach John Thompson the Third, Quinn Cook, Markell Starks, Jabril Trawick were all in the building at one point to support the cause. There was a definitive buzz in the building from start to finish!
The day started with a greeting from Wright, followed by Skill and Conditioning training by The Wright Basketball School and Paragi LLC. The campers were then treated to the first of two games, the first being a High School Game and the second being the Pro Game. The gym was packed for both games, with all proceeds going to Chris Wright’s MS Foundation.
The event was a great step into making the public more aware of this disease, more often than not people are not aware of diseases or conditions until it affects them personally in some way. Dr. Heidi Crayton (Wright’s Doctor) addressed the crowd before the start of the Pro Game, she educated those in the stands about the disease as well as recounting her experience with Chris.
The game started as most All-Star games do, slow and a bit sloppy. Fittingly, the host scored the very first basket. Wright’s team won the opening tip, Isiah Tate found Wright for a great look from three that Wright easily knocked down. There were many highlight worthy moments in the first half, great finishes from lobs and many missed opportunities as well. The players started to really go at it as time started running out, the second half had everything a fan could ask for. The lead changed hands several times down the stretch, neither team could stay ahead by more than a possession. The score is 105 to 104 with 5.8 seconds left, Chris Wright closes out a defensive possesion with a rebound and is quickly fouled. Wright heads to the line, his team ahead, with the chance to “put the game away” as they say. This being one of his former “home” gyms as well as it being “his” event, many expected it to be a routine trip to the line. It didn’t end that way as Wright uncharacteristicaly missed both free-throws. The Blue Team(Josh Selby’s Team) corraled the rebound and called time-out with 4.4 seconds to go. Upon time-out being called, the Blue team advances the ball to half court. Bobby Maze inbounds the ball to Josh Selby who gets away from his defender, drives baseline and wins the game on a ridiculously acrobatic lay up. The Blue Team wins the the Inagural “Chris Wright MS Jamboree” 106 to 105, an exciting ending to a wonderful day for a great cause.