Spring 2021 Magazine

Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lamb praises Jesus Christ after incredible half-court buzzer-beater

Kemba Walker watched teammate Jeremy Lamb launch the shot from beyond half court and turned away, thinking his Charlotte Hornets had lost. By the time he spun back around, Lamb’s shot was bouncing off the backboard and into the net.

Lamb’s heave at the buzzer gave the Hornets a 115-114 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night, the team’s third victory in a row.

When asked after the game about the shot, he pointed to the firm foundation he has in Christ.

“I want to thank Jesus Christ because that’s the only way that shot went in,” Lamb said in an interview with Fox Sports Southeast.

Lamb’s relationship with God started early in his life, thanks in large part to his dad, Rolando Lamb. Rolando, who played college basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University and was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 1985, serves on staff at Faith and Family Church in Richmond, Va.

“Since I was young, he’s always pushed me in two things: in my relationship with God and in basketball,” Jeremy told Christian Broadcasting Network.

One of the things Rolando instilled in Jeremy is the importance of making God the top priority in his life.

“He’s always told me, ‘Keep God first’ and has always been there for me. It’s been great,” Jeremy said.

After the dramatic win over Toronto, the Hornets (34-39) are only two games out of the playoffs with nine regular season games remaining. They host the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

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