But the real deal is, Hanamichi Sakuragi is real.
In a party of practice, at the age of 17, against the National Team of Japan, Hanamichi of 1.89 mts, was the unique one that was not frightened by the professionals and noted 33 points alone: 10 shots, 3 nailed, 1 triple, 1 shot that did not find the terminology to explain, and 2 free shots. Although its team lost with only 59 points (59 - 115), had been an excellent first game for Hanamichi.
So each time you watch the manga series, remember that the story is really based on the real Hanamichi Sakuragi.
Though he died in an unexpected and unfortunate way, surely his legacy will live throughout the Japanese Basketball history.