‘I am humbly grateful.’ Dominguez honors alums Tyson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince

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Dominguez retired the jerseys of Tyson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince on Friday night.

Dominguez retired the jerseys of Tyson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince on Friday night. (Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Times)

Standing side by side in the middle of the Compton Dominguez gym on Friday night dressed in suits and holding up their framed basketball jerseys were No. 32, Tyson Chandler, and No. 21, Tayshaun Prince, Dons for Life and two of the best players. from Southern California.

It was high time the school and the community honored individuals who were not only historic players but true role models.

“Honestly, these will be some of the best moments of your life,” Chandler told members of Dominguez’s basketball team this season in the weight room before their game against Downey . “Don’t take any of these moments for granted. These become your brothers for life. It’s the things you go through together that make you bond. You’ll never have this again.”

Prince told the same players, “Whether it’s basketball or whatever it is, that vision has to be really good first. What is happening to me today is because I had a vision that I wanted to be great. I had obstacles along the way, up and down, how do you get back up after you’ve been knocked down.”

Each won an Olympic gold medal. Each won an NBA championship. Each won a state championship. In high school, from 1995 to 1998, the 6-foot-9 Prince won four South Division titles and two state titles. He was a first round draft pick out of Kentucky and played from 2002 to 2016 in the NBA. The 7-foot Chandler played with Prince his freshman year at Dominguez and was profiled on CBS’s “60 Minutes” as an eighth grader. He was the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft by the Clippers coming straight out of Dominguez and played in the NBA until 2020.

Bobby Jones, a former high school teammate of Chandler’s, made the lobbies and the final group to be the first two of what many of Dominguez’s players should have their jerseys retired. Next up will surely be Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson of the Celtics.

“Taking off their jerseys and seeing someone come out of your high school and be able to be successful, that’s big for our community and our kids to see,” coach Dominguez said. , Jonathan Davis.

One Dominguez player said “thank you” to Prince for coming back to talk to the team. It is that kind of appreciation that will surely encourage others to return soon.

There is a mural on a wall in Dominguez featuring Prince, Chandler and Richard Sherman from football, honoring them as Dons and champions.

Chandler stood next to the mural Friday night feeling emotional. “This is where it all started,” he said with an LA cap. “To be able to come back here and paint a mural and retire my jersey, I’m very grateful. It is a very proud moment. I appreciate the love. There are good memories here.”

Prince, when asked about his success, said he had the right support system and vision “to make it to the NBA and whatever was going to come my way, I wasn’t going to let it happen.” “

Prince, 42, now works for the Memphis Grizzlies as vice president of basketball affairs. Chandler, 40, is the player development coach for the Dallas Mavericks, the team he helped win their first NBA championship in 2011.

It was a night for jersey retirement. Huntington Beach Marina retired the jerseys of Cherokee Parks and Rich Branning. And Long Beach St. Anthony honored guard Darrick Martin with a jersey retirement.

This story first appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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