A disappointed Marcus Thornton left the Natomas Wal Mart very disappointed after he was left unable to buy a basket.
"It was tough. I went there specifically to get myself a nice, shiny new basket, but unfortunately the lady behind the counter just was not having it," said the new starting Shooting Guard of the Sacramento Kings, and long time lover of baskets. "The first one was this really nice one. It was a beautiful multi colored basket that had a very Mongolian inspired design, it would have been the perfect addition to my growing collection." (Thornton has been unable to buy a basket in over two years)
Photo of Thornton's Basket Collection
"It was kind of sad actually." said an unnamed witness. "He probably got denied 20-25 times and would not give up. He just kept getting back in line, sometimes cutting in front of other people, sometimes just sneaking in trying to buy one despite someone already being in the middle of a checkout."
Thornton did not stop there, "I thought if they were not going to let me buy a basket, they would let me buy a bucket. So I went and got a bucket, figuring they had to let 'Lil Buckets' at least have that, but no, I was denied again."
"We were going to let him buy the bucket, but he kept going in the wrong lane. No matter how many times we told him, he refused to listen and kept going to register 14. I told him I would be glad to help him on Register 7 but he refused to get any help, insisting on going to register 14. It was actually kind of sad." said Cindy Jenkins, longtime cashier.
The trouble did not end there for young Thornton, unfortunately. Later that night, still depressed over his inability to buy a basket, or a bucket, went to the bars downtown. After several attempts to down a shot, he was left disappointed again.
"I felt bad, but I finally had to kick him out of the bar", said Calvin O'Brien, bartender at Dive Bar. "I kept giving him the shot, but every time he tried to down it, it would miss, and liquor would spill everywhere, he probably tried 17 times to down a shot but just could not do it. There was Peach Schnapp's everywhere! O had to close early to clean it up."
Needless to say it was a rough night for the Kings guard, but he still has hope that he will one day be able to buy a basket, get a bucket, or down a shot again.
"Hey, you can't do anything if you don't at least try. I pride myself in never giving up no matter how impossible something seems," he said, before moping away into the sunset.
Here's to hoping that he finds his way again...