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Former Loyola Marymount star Bo Kimble helping out at Shoreline CC

Bo Kimble, who led the nation in scoring as a senior at Loyola Marymount in 1990, is an unpaid assistant coach at Shoreline Community College. He's helping the team learn the fast-paced system he played in college.

By Steve Kelley - Seattle Times staff columnist

This left-handed free throw, a creative tribute to a fallen friend forged by a combination of whimsy and grief, remains one of those moments frozen in time in college basketball.

In 1990, in a first-round NCAA tournament game against New Mexico State, just days after his best pal and fellow Loyola Marymount All-American Hank Gathers had collapsed and died of heart failure in a conference tournament game, Bo Kimble, who is right-handed, honored his fallen friend by shooting his first free throw left-handed.

The shot went in.

"At the time, I couldn't care less if that ball went in or not," Kimble said this week, sitting in the basketball coaches office at Shoreline Community College. "I was grieving and this was just my way of saying, 'I love you, Hank.' It was supposed to be a brick, just like Hank shot. That fact that it went in is just amazing. Why did it go in? It was just one of those things that was meant to be." Read More

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