The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday signed their youngest player: a 17-year-old from Southeast Portland.
Central Catholic High School junior Bennie Trey Flowers signed a one-day contract with the team through the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the evening’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. In 2015, Flowers underwent an eight-hour liver transplant. He recovered from the procedure three months early, earning him the nickname "Rockstar" from his doctors at Stanford University.
"I was kinda scared — but not like, ‘ahh’ — that type. That was my mom. She was more freaking out than me but that’s, you know. That’s my mom," Flowers said during a press conference with Bulls General Manager Gar Forman Wednesday.
In a statement, Flowers also said he idolized Michael Jordan as a kid. He now admires Dwyane Wade.
"They tell me I’m a fighter because of what I’ve overcome," he told The Chicago Tribune. "I look forward to bringing that fighting spirit to the Bulls."