Tony McIntyre still remembers the day that his 7-year-old son, Dylan Ennis, was winning a blowout basketball game for the Brampton (Ontario) Blue Devils and one of the officials jokingly suggested they “put the little kid in.”
The “little kid” was 5-year-old Tyler Ennis.
“We put him in and he subbed into the game and kind of watched and played along,” recalled McIntyre, the boys’ father and longtime coach with the CIA Bounce AAU program. “It started out as a joke and then it was like, ‘Hey, he can actually play here.'”