"You never know what life brings," he added. "Anything can happen."
Francisco Elson leans forward, knowing full well that anything really can happen. The plastic chair tips from its backside.
"Me playing basketball is just me remembering (Patrick)," he says.
It's a blessing, but a weighty one.
"The burden is that it's never enough," Elson says. "I don't know when it's enough for him. ... But as long as I'm feeling good, and I can get a job, I'm gonna keep going."
Just like he did when he couldn't get cleared.
"If I couldn't play I couldn't play. But when I got the green light to play, I was going to play until I died. I would say, 'OK, if I die on the court, then I'll die on the court.' "
Elson is 34 now, and has never averaged more than 5 points a game.
But he's not done.
"Me and my brother never really talked about playing pro. I never really thought about (it)," he says softly. "It was just trying to prove something to him. I'm doing this for him, basically saying, 'This is for you, man.'
"Everything I want to do, everything I achieve or accomplish, is because he's pushing me. There's nobody else. There's only one person that's pushing me, and that's him. That's how I feel."
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