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In the Moment with David Greene

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The most adrenaline-charged, fist-pumping moments in sports happen in the blink of an eye for fans. But those moments are years in the making for athletes. And the impact of them can last a lifetime.

In the Moment is a new podcast from the people who brought you Man in the Arena. Every Tuesday, host David Greene takes you inside the mind of an athlete at a pivotal moment in their career. David combines his experience as the former host of NPR’s Morning Edition with the passion of a diehard sports fan to relive some of the biggest moments in sports.

From Religion of Sports and PRX.

2021, 2022

The most adrenaline-charged, fist-pumping moments in sports happen in the blink of an eye for fans. But those moments are years in the making for athletes. And the impact of them can last a lifetime.

In the Moment is a new podcast from the people who brought you Man in the Arena. Every Tuesday, host David Greene takes you inside the mind of an athlete at a pivotal moment in their career. David combines his experience as the former host of NPR’s Morning Edition with the passion of a diehard sports fan to relive some of the biggest moments in sports.

From Religion of Sports and PRX.

2021, 2022

Denver Nuggets Bones Hyland: “The back-to-back-to-back threes – that was one of the biggest moments in playoff basketball.” (April 2022 NBA Playoffs)

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October 18, 202232min 55sec

Bones Hyland of the Denver Nuggets lit up the court during game 4 of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. Denver was down three games to none, and needed to shift the momentum. Hyland helped the Nuggets do just that when he hit a trio of three-pointers in just over a minute.

“The back-to-back-to-back threes – that was one of the biggest moments in playoff basketball,” Hyland said. 

The Nuggets won 126 - 121. Even though Denver would go on to lose the series, that moment gave Hyland the chance to show what he could do against NBA greats like Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

“When I step on a court, I believe I'm a star. So when I'm going against other stars, I got love and respect for them. But when we're in between the lines, you know it's war,” Hyland said.

Hyland is 22-years-old and starting his second year with the Nuggets. But his career nearly ended before it began. When he was 17, he had to jump out of his bedroom window to escape a house fire in Wilmington, Del. He tore his patella tendon, and doctors told him he would never play again. But Hyland didn’t give up.

“Zero chance,” he said. “I don't listen to that.”

Hyland lost his grandmother and his baby cousin in the fire. He now has tattoos honoring them on his left arm.

“If I'm going through something or I just need some extra motivation, you know, I just look to my left arm and my shoulder and that's my why – right there,” he said.

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