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Video: John Collins wears wristband in honor of fan who beat cancer

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NBA players are an inspiration to fans around the world and some of them have looked to these athletes for encouragement, especially the kids. But in their game against the Detroit Pistons Sunday night, it was the Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins who was inspired by one child who beat cancer.

A young Hawks fan by the name of Adam was courtside before the game to celebrate the fact that his latest scan showed he was free from cancer. His family was with him when he asked Collins to wear the wristband to honor him.

John Collins wearing some extra gear for a Hawks fan who just beat Cancer. 🙌

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Speaking to a reporter, Collins said:

“From what I know he’s doing really well right now and he asked me if I wanted to wear a band in honor of him tonight. How could I say no to an opportunity like that? So, I’m definitely gonna play with this for a couple of games in honor of him for sure.”

Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, and Malcolm Delaney also wore the wristband during the game in support of the young Hawks fan.

The gesture inspired the entire Hawks team versus the Pistons as they eked out a 118-115 win. Atlanta is in the last place in the Eastern Conference standings while Detroit is fighting for a playoff spot.

Adam provided the spark the Hawks needed to compete against one of the toughest frontcourts in the league today with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin manning the center and power forward spots, respectively, for the Pistons.

It was Atlanta’s third win in the last five games.