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Deaf Mormon Basketball Player Chases His Dream

Former NBA and Idaho Stampede player Lance Allred in Boise for book signing

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Two seasons ago, Lance Allred played three games in the NBA. He grew up in a polygamist Mormon sect in Montana. He is hearing impaired and suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder. And, he is also an author.

Allred penned Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA. It's about his college years as a 6-foot 11-inch center under the thumb of an abusive coach. After going undrafted, Allred drifted through the European leagues, playing through injuries the team wouldn’t cover or missing paychecks because teams wouldn't pay. He began writing his book as a way of dealing with the pressures and trauma of being a lonely, deaf Mormon kid in Europe.

Allred also played for the Idaho Stampede and, while he was there, he got a call up to the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first hearing-impaired player to reach the NBA. Beyond writing about his life in the game of basketball, Allred honestly portrays his life story in such a way that readers may feel they are sharing his journey.

While his NBA career lasted not much longer than an instant, the story of how Allred got there sets in stone that the process is sometimes more important than the goal.

Allred reads Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m. A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., 208-344-8088, anoveladventure.com. 906 W Main St Boise, ID 83702-5718 (208) 344-8088