When "One Tree Hill" premiered in 2003, Nathan (James Lafferty) was a self-centered teenager with a bad attitude. He had respect for only one thing: basketball. Though Nathan has since grown into a respectable and responsible adult, his passion for the game and dream of playing in the NBA has remained constant.
Of course, staging NBA-level basketball games and casting entire teams isn't exactly an easy feat for a television show to accomplish, regardless of budget. Plus, having Nathan on the road and away from his family for most of the season doesn't make for much of a story.
This season, Nathan retired from the game for health reasons and for the opportunity to spend more time with his pregnant wife, Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and their son, Jamie (Jackson Brundage). Zap2it caught up with Lafferty to talk about his reaction to Nathan leaving basketball behind.
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