Documentary follows Blair's second chance at professional hoops
MISSOULA, Mont. - At 36 years old, Shad Blair is not your typical basketball player. Blair is attempting to become a professional athlete overseas and his story sparked the interest of documentary film maker Devon Riter out of Bozeman. "I think the cool thing about Shad's story is that he's a little bit older, he's 36," said Riter. "Most of us who had dreams of playing professional basketball gave them up at a very young age and to find somebody who's 36 and still trying to make his dreams come true, like that's pretty special. And I really wanted to know why. Just getting your story out there, letting people know the work I'm going through, the help I'm getting, the people that are backing me. It's been real great." Blair has been training with hopes of getting a shot to play pro ball, and the Stevensville man will get a chance to impress coaches and scouts from over 25 different countries this week at the Las Vegas Overseas Basketball Combine. "I'm really excited to get to the next level," said Blair. "I've been through two of them at this point, I'm ready for my third round. I feel like I'm stronger, quicker, more confident in my play. I've got a lot of people backing me at this point which feels really good." For Riter there were many reasons why he wanted to bring Blair's story to life, and for Blair, he hopes people are able to take something away from his story. "Why would somebody do this? What kind of person does it take to do this kind of thing? And so, I've been following these guys around trying to figure out. You know, what motivates someone to never give up on their dream," said Riter. "I hope they realize that it's never too late to chase your dreams or never to late to do what you've always wanted to do, said Blair. "Age is just kind of a number. If you feel in your heart that you can do something I feel you can achieve it. You've just got to work hard and never give up on it." The 2014 Las Vegas Overseas Basketball Combine begins Friday and runs through Sunday.