Boy’s basketball shot rebounds nationally

first_img Monday morning, Jake’s play was shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Later that day, the show called to inquire about flying the Gould family to New York to appear in a live segment. “This has been incredible,” said Jake’s father, Jeff Gould. “This was like flipping a coin that lands on its edge with all the things that had to come together just right for this to happen.” Jeff Gould has spent the past few days setting his TiVo to record all of the various newscasts that run footage of Jake’s shot and handling all the media inquiries that have come in. The situation is a little strange for him, though. Jeff Gould is an accomplished professional poker player, good enough to make a living playing cash games and tournaments at local casinos. Since Jake’s highlight-reel shot, Jeff has got a fair amount of ribbing from friends teasing him about his son making it onto ESPN – the same network that airs the World Series of Poker – before he does. “Each generation is supposed to surpass the previous one, right?” he joked. Brooks, who is in his first year coaching Pee Wee basketball, has also enjoyed the media frenzy that’s followed Jake’s last-second shot. “The tape has taken on a life of its own,” Brooks said. “In this town, people are always hiring publicists and trying to get P.R., but with this, we didn’t have to do anything. “Everyone who has seen it loves it. The play really has it all. You’ve got the clock ticking down, and then this little kid throwing the ball up from 35 feet. Then Jake throws his hands up and the team is celebrating. But there’s also the agony of defeat, with the kid from the other team on his knees, crying. You couldn’t have written a better script.” The dejected player on the other team is Dominic Maynes, the son of the parent who shot the videotape. “It’s kind of cool,” said Rick Maynes, who shot the videotape. “I never thought it would reach the heights it has. I mean, this was the No. 1 play of the day on ‘SportsCenter.’ Who knows, maybe it’ll make the year-end top plays too.” Jake Gould has taken all the attention in stride. He barely even looked up from his computer game when highlights of his play came on KTLA on Saturday night. At school, a couple of kids have joked with him a little, calling him “Mr. ESPN” or saying that it was a “lucky shot.” Jake just laughs and shrugs. He’s keeping everything in the proper perspective. “It’s not like I cured cancer or anything,” he said. “It was a lucky shot. I’m glad it went in. And it’s been fun being on TV and all the newscasts. It’s fun.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Boy, was his coach wrong. Saturday afternoon, Jake put all those hours of practice with his brother to good use. With his team, the Clippers, trailing the Spurs, 20-18, in a Pee Wee Division game at North Weddington Park in Toluca Lake, Jake hit a 10-footer to tie the game with 13 seconds left. Then on the next play, he stole the ball near midcourt and heaved in a shot from 35 feet that hit nothing but net. It was the shot of his young life, but things have gotten even more exciting since. A father of one of the players on the Spurs videotaped the game and gave a copy to Jake’s parents. Brooks called up a friend who works at KTLA (Channel 5) to see whether station officials would be interested in running it on the evening newscast. By Saturday night, the tape had found its way to ESPN, where it was deemed the “No. 1 Play of the Day” on Saturday night and included in the network’s “Plays of the Week” on Sunday. Jake Gould probably practiced the shot a thousand times. His older brother Alex would count down the clock: 3 … 2 … 1 … Then Jake would fling the basketball from half-court toward the basket. His coach, Jeff Brooks, didn’t mind a little playing around. After all, that’s what 8-year-olds do. But when Alex and Jake would take too many half-court shots during practice, he’d rein them in a little. “Coach Brooks is always saying, You don’t even need to practice those shots, you’re never going to need that in the game,” said Jake, an 8-year-old from Studio City. last_img read more