A True Holiday Tale

By Jerald L. Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 24, 2009

NEW YORK (BASN) — Webster’s Dictionary has quite a few definitions on the subject of brothers. One being: “a male who has the same parents as another or one parent in common with another.”

Harold “Lefty” Williams and David Gethers fall into category. Harold was born October 30, 1981 in Jersey City, N.J. is the older brother to David now 17 and a senior in Triton High School in tiny Erwin, North Carolina.

Another definition is: “one related to another by common ties or interests.” That most certainly qualifies David and Lefty as they both are avid basketball players. The eldest Lefty was and is a legend of sorts.

While in high school playing for St. Aloysius, the 6-foot-6 athletic sensation scored 1,101 points and yanked down 985 rebounds. All of that was done in a mere three years of varsity basketball.

It’s feat that hasn’t been done nor duplicated, in New Jersey basketball.

David now in his second and last year of varsity basketball is starting to make waves in his own right. At present, the 6-foot-3 David who plays forward is averaging 17 points, 10.4 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks per game for the 5-4 Hawks.

His career high of 29 points came in a 73-64 lost to Holly Springs High School. But, David’s best overall game came in a 70-61 win over Spring Lake High School.

In that game David scored 26 points, a matching career high 15 rebounds, two assists and a career-high six blocks. David most definitely got his rebounding prowess and his on the whole aggressiveness from his big brother Lefty.

Another definition from Webster regarding brothers is: “a fellow member — used as a title for ministers in some evangelical denominations.” This meaning also applies haply to the two brothers’ who are not only close naturally even though there’s a big distance in age and geography.

But they are bonded spiritually as well. All in all these two brothers’ are as close as can be despite Harold also being married and the father of a beautiful baby girl. Lefty cares about his little brother’s career and overall life.

And there’s good reason for that. When David was a mere 3 years-old and Lefty was entering high school, David suffered from seizures. The seizures were so bad that he was in a coma for a couple of days.

Lefty relied heavily on prayer and faith in GOD and His promises. Over time, David was healed and the first thing that he wanted to do was to be taken to the house of the Lord. But he had to learn how to walk, talk and function all over again as a normal human being.

The seizures however would never come back again.

And yet another definition of brothers by Webster is: “one of a type similar to another.” This would apply to the brothers, Lefty and David as well as both are good teammates and loyal to the cause of winning. David will be looking at colleges to attend on scholarship next fall.

Lefty, will no doubt be his guiding force.

After all, Big Brother Lefty was heavily recruited by upper echelon colleges and universities but due to circumstances he enrolled at Montclair State University, a Division III school for two years before transferring to New Jersey City University.

Lefty’s travel would then take him to the entertaining side of professional basketball as he signed his first pro contract with the Harlem Ambassadors. He would play there until overseas came calling and he signed with the Knottingham Knights of the England Basketball League; a division one team there.

Harold Williams

Harold Williams

And after his stint there, Lefty was playing in a Summer Pro League out in Long Beach, California in 2006 when a school from the world famous and world renowned Harlem Globetrotters.

And the rest as they say was history.

After two years, Lefty has since left the Globetrotters and is now a radio host, into the music ministry and is a motivational speaker for the youth. One of Lefty’s saying is: ‘A Delay Is Not a Denial’.

That statement is a testament of his life.

So David no doubt will probably want to play pro ball of some kind whether it’s in the NBA or overseas. Wherever he decides to play or whatever he even decides to do in life he will have the positive path that was paved for him by his Big Brother.