Technically, this is an NBA story, because Josh Harrellson is (improbably and awesomely) now technically a member of the New York Knicks. But the NBA lockout continues to drag on, and we college hoops fans have a special appreciation for the man they call "Jorts," and it's a harrowing story, so I'm blogging it. Cool? Cool.
The story goes like this: Harrellson and some friends were leaving a local Lexington, Ky. establishment Saturday -- the Tin Roof bar -- when they noticed an apparently drunk man getting into his truck and starting his car. Harrellson and his buddies were standing by his truck when the drunk man took off and -- veering and swerving across the bar parking lot -- took off right at Harrellson and company.
Jorts pushed his friends out of the way in the nick of time, and the driver smashed into Harrellson's truck. He then hit another car, then Harrellson's again, and that's when the 6-foot-10, 275-pound power forward sprang -- in so far as a man that size can "spring" -- into action. From WKYT in Lexington:
"About four or five of us guys jumped on the truck and reached in there and turned the keys off and just tried to make sure he wasn't going anywhere," he said. He says it was a harrowing experience, but when he discovered there were young children in the backseat, he knew it was worth it.
"We were just worried because he could have put it in drive at any time and maybe ran somebody over, or while our arms were in the car, just kept going and we could have been drug or something. I'm the type of guy that, I want to make sure everybody else is alright. I saw it, I moved out of the way, I'm fine. My truck got hit, that's replaceable. I was just thankful nobody got hurt and the kids were fine," said Harrellson.
Harrellson's car got dinged up -- you can see video of the rear driver's side dent on WKYT's site; it's a doozy -- but luckily, that was the only thing hurt. Most importantly, the driver wasn't allowed to get on the road in his state. Not only could he have killed other drivers, but he could have killed himself and the kids that were sitting in the back of his cab. He almost went that far in the parking lot.
In other words: This weekend, Josh Harrellson saved lives. If there was any justice in the world, that drunk would have to buy Jorts an entire brand new extended cab 4x4 pickup truck, preferably one that has a WiFi hotspot in the cab. (Do you know how much blogging you could do from that thing?)
For now, Harrellson will have to settle for our collective praise. And "well-deserved" doesn't begin to describe it.
(Hat tip: BIAH)