Sports

Georgia on His Mind: New York Times Profiles Carter's Tyrone Ellis, a National Hero Overseas

Tyrone Ellis's pro basketball career in the U.S. didn't amount to much: 10 pre-season minutes played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in October 2006, during which he didn't score a single point. Also on his resume: a single-season stint, in 2001-'02, in the NBA's D-League, during which his Huntsville Flight went 26-30. In short, there was no reason whatsoever to believe the Dallas native and 1996 Carter High School graduate would ever become a pro baller. And yet, there he was Saturday in The New York Times: "Dallas Basketball Player Is Hero in Europe." Why? Read the piece for yourself, then wonder if anyone's yet optioned the movie rights for a sports film starring a Southern Nazarene University graduate and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili set during the Russia-Georgia War of 2008.

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robert Wilonsky
Contact: Robert Wilonsky