Oakland's Max Hooper Climbed Into Stands During Senior Night to Hug Cancer-Battling Father

Kyle Koster

Oakland guard Max Hooper has gained notoriety this year by only attempting three-pointers. He’s connected on 98 of 221 from downtown and has yet to try a shot from inside the arc.

Hooper, who had stints at Harvard and St. John’s, was honored during the Grizzlies’ senior night Friday against Detroit. True to form, he shot eight shots — all from beyond the three-point line.

His memorable senior campaign has played out against a backdrop of hardship. His father, Chip, has been battling neuroendocrine cancer for several years and suffered a stroke in October.

Earlier this month Hooper told CBS’ Doug Gottlieb that he hoped his father would be able to see him play in person.

"“February 26 is our senior night,” Max tells me. “I have no idea if my dad can make it, but if you know my dad, he will probably be here somehow or someway. If not, I dream of him watching me in the NCAA Tournament. Kay Felder [Oakland’s star point guard] finding me for an open look and my dad watching me in The Big Dance. This is our journey.” "

The older Hooper, a longtime music booking agent whose clients have included Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Blues Traveler, was, in fact, able to make it to suburban Detroit Friday night. His presence facilitated a special moment as his son climbed into the stands after the final whistle to share an embrace.