Let me start by saying that like all of you, I am a die hard Celts fan who never misses a game. I have been there through the great years and the lean years. My wife and I went to the game last night. I fully expected it to be a game dominated by the bench and had no expectation of seeing KG, Ray,Paul and Perk. I get it, it's playoff time and the game has no real relevance. Here is the thing that has been bothering me all day and I want to know if I am alone in this or if I have simply grown out of touch with what it means to be part of a "team" at the professional level.
I was sitting next to a family with a boy of abou 9 or 10. He had his face painted with KG's number on it and a KG't-shirt to match. I could'nt help smile at his reaction in seeing KG in real life, right in front of him ( remember that feeling?). After warm ups, the captain adressed the crowd. Then the Celtic B team took the floor for the night. I watched the boys father explain to him that he would not see KG play tonight because they are "resting" guys for the play offs. He cried...seriously, the kid started to cry. Tough lesson but still its something he has to understand and swallow as a fan of pro sports. Then I watched as KG went straight to the locker room. That was it...see ya, I got other stuff to do. The boy and I struck up a conversation about why KG left the court for the training room, locker room, Boston beer works or wherever he went. I tried to justify him leaving the floor but couldn't find a reason that was valid.
I told the boy about treatment etc...to which the boy said "couldn't he have done that earlier in the day so he can be with his team and people who come to the game can see him?". Great point, I had no answer for that. I stammered around about him being a valuable part of our play off chances probably going too far into depth when he put it into perspective for me. "What about THIS game, we are all here to cheer him on to win. Doesn't he care if his teammates win and to well?" From the mouths of babes..A period later Peirce was in the locker room for the rest of the game. Ray was the only one giving advice to Lafayette and supporting the bench players. Is it too much to ask that the stars and leaders of this team stay on the bench for the game for no other reasons than it is being a good teammate and letting the young fans get a glimpse of you?Please don't tell me they needed treatment or a message or something. They could do that after or before. There are plenty of us that know what it's like to work overtime to make ends meet. No problem with the guys getting the night off, big problem with them not on the bench...UNBUNTU? .