Zeke Upshaw passed away last week after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game for the Detroit Pistons' G League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.
The Pistons talked about how they wanted to honor the late Upshaw after the incident happened and according to Dane Carbaugh of NBC Sports they have found their way.
Upshaw was called up for Thursday night's game against the Washington Wizards, so his dream of being on an NBA roster finally came true.
Pistons GM Jeff Brower gave his thoughts to NBA.com about Upshaw, and what he meant to the organization.
“Zeke was a special player for the Grand Rapids Drive and as the G League affiliate for our organization, many of our staffers had the opportunity to spend time with this terrific young man,” Bower said. “His spirit and commitment on and off the court embodied all the traits we look for in players who suit up for the Detroit Pistons. As we look to memorialize Zeke’s basketball career and continue to support his family during this tragically difficult time, executing an honorary call-up recognizes his standing as a member of the Pistons family.”
Upshaw was in his second year with the Drive after going undrafted in the NBA draft. In 41 games this year with Grand Rapids he normed 19.8 minutes averaging 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
For the Pistons, this was a nice way to honor Upshaw. Although he never got to play in a game with the team, he will now go down in history as being a part of the storied ballclub.