MINNEAPOLIS It's been 18 years since two little boys on Andrews Air Force base began playing basketball together. It's been 18 years, AAU squad after AAU squad, colleges, five NBA teams, and now, improbably, those two little boys are about to face off yet again as pros.
There's no way to calculate the odds of Dante Cunningham and Ty Lawson's friendship. Sure, plenty of former college teammates meet up on the court in the NBA. Plenty of former AAU teammates, too. But teammates at age 7? One in a million doesn't sound outlandish.
When the two met, Cunningham had just returned to the United States after living with his parents in Germany. Ty, or Tywon, as Cunningham still sometimes calls him, played for the Andrews Magic, coached by his father, George Lawson, and Cunningham joined the team.
The Magic went 80-7 during the eight-year span the two played together, and pictures abound of the two future NBA players together in their child-sized uniforms. It still surprises Cunningham how m...