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2 points for 'the Hammer'

Nathan Mixon, 3, makes a shot despite the out-reached hand and defense of his mom, Aeisha Trice. Mixon, whose nickname on the basketball court in "The Hammer" is a huge LeBron James fan and has been playing basketball since he could walk. He's graduated from the small basketball goal he got when he was a baby, seen covered by a blanket, to his cousin's much taller one in the driveway. His mom loves the game and grew up playing, too. Until she hit middle school and  "some jerk of a coach told me there'd never be a professional women's basketball league." She was so disappointed that she ended up quitting, frustrated that she was just wasting her time on the basketball court. Reflecting on that moment now, she said, "You should never tell a kid what they can't do. Only what they can. I want my baby to grow up thinking he can do anything and everything he wants."

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Nathan Mixon, 3, makes a shot despite the out-reached hand and defense of his mom, Aeisha Trice. Mixon, whose nickname on the basketball court in "The Hammer" is a huge LeBron James fan and has been playing basketball since he could walk. He's graduated from the small basketball goal he got when he was a baby, seen covered by a blanket, to his cousin's much taller one in the driveway. His mom loves the game and grew up playing, too. Until she hit middle school and "some jerk of a coach told me there'd never be a professional women's basketball league." She was so disappointed that she ended up quitting, frustrated that she was just wasting her time on the basketball court. Reflecting on that moment now, she said, "You should never tell a kid what they can't do. Only what they can. I want my baby to grow up thinking he can do anything and everything he wants."

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Nathan Mixon, 3, makes a shot over the outstretched hand of his mom, Aeisha Trice, on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Nathan, whose nickname on the basketball court is "the Hammer," is a huge LeBron James fan and has been playing basketball since he could walk. He has graduated from the small basketball goal he got as a baby, seen covered by a blanket, to his cousin's much taller one in the driveway. His mom loves the game and grew up playing, too, until she hit middle school and "a coach told me there'd never be a professional women's basketball league."

2 points for 'the Hammer' 08/05/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:13pm]

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