[San Diego Tribune] - Before the first game of last season, a doctor at UCLA put her hands on Nick’s shoulders and told him he’d never play basketball again.
“We hugged. We both cried,” Herrmann said. “But that doctor didn’t know me very well.
In September 2018, Herrmann was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancerous tumor in his left leg.
While the survival rate is 70-90 percent, there was a chance he could lose the leg.
Herrmann underwent four surgeries and spent 70 days in the hospital.
He missed all last basketball season as well as a year of school as he dragged his left leg behind him — held together by 44 staples and encased in a hip-to-toe, straight-leg cast.
Fuck yeah Nick Hermann. Maybe it's me being older and a dad but I've developed more and more of a soft spot for stories like this. I love them and can't get enough of them. No kid should have to battle cancer, it's bullshit. Fast forward a couple of years and a guy who had 44 staples in his leg, spent 70 days in the hospital and was told he may lose his leg drills a buzzer-beater to win the open division in California. That's straight out of a movie.
This isn't anything small time either. Torrey Pines is typically one of the best teams in the country. They are the No. 1 team in California at 29-0. Better than teams like Mater Dei and Sierra Canyon and all those others that we always hear about. Oh and Hermann had 30 points in the game. Ho-hum scoring half the team's points. Not shocking since he's the team's leading scorer at 18 per game. Love seeing that. Also love that he just used a doctor telling him he'd never hoop again as motivation. Yeah, whatever you say doc. Let me beat cancer and then go hit some buzzer-beaters for the No. 1 team in the state. Nick Hermann had shit to do and he wasn't going to let a doctor's prognosis slow him down.
So shout out Nick Hermann. As always, fuck cancer.