Over the Moon

By Henry Abbott

In the Plain Dealer, Brian Windhorst takes us on the long and winding road that brought Jamario Moon to the Cavaliers, where he's hoping to win a title alongside LeBron James.

Here's a story from one of the rougher stops in Moon's tour of the basketball world:

He and teammate Steven Hunter, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, were at Mt. Zion Academy, a basketball-centric private school he'd been recruited to play for with the promise of grade-fixing and a quick jump to the NBA.

"We had no TV and no phone. We'd practice at the church and go to school at the church and then we'd go back to the dorm, the second floor. There was a dead-bolt lock on the outside and they'd put us up there and lock the door," Moon said. "Steven and I took nails out of the window in the hallway, wiggled out and jumped down. We ran over to McDonald's and I used the pay phone and called home. I said they had to come and get me, it was not what it was supposed to be. It was crazy."

Worth noting: Moon tells us a story in which his entire team was, he says, routinely incarcerated, as part of their "education."

As in, locked up against their will.

Imagine that!

But consider Moon's love of television. He leads the story of that part of his life with the news that they did not have television.

Memo to the folks at Mt. Zion: For $60 a month in basic cable bills, you could have had one hell of a team.