Kevin Laue -- a California boy who plays phenomenal basketball while possessing only one hand. As we learn in this intelligent and moving documentary titled LONG SHOT: THE KEVIN LAUE STORY, Kevin was born with his umbilical cord wrapped not just around his neck (as sometimes happens) but also around his arm, which impeded blood flow and prevented that hand from growing, and may also have saved his life by preventing the cord from choking him.
Franklin Martin (shown at left) begins in a cemetery, at the grave of Kevin's father, who almost immediately takes on enor-mous presence -- which only grows throughout the movie as we learn more about the relationship between this father and the son he drove so hard. From an early age, Kevin (on poster, top, and below) was pushed into sports, particularly soccer, which, given his physical condition, made sense, but which he didn't much like. Soon basket-ball became his chosen sport.
We follow along with the boy as he gets through high school, changing schools and coaches so that he can better learn and play, contending with mocking and ridicule, and finally an injury that, occurring as it does just when sports scouts are checking out the top high school players, leaves him unseen in their eyes. (Fouls are called on this kid far too often; it seem as though refs and other players simply don't know how to react to his stump.) His goal? To play Division One College Basketball, which I don't believe any person missing one hand had yet done.