A dream of many young basketball players is to play on the court of their favorite NBA team, or where their idol played. For the KO boys basketball team, this dream became a reality on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they played at TD Garden, the home of the Boston Celtics. They played Pingree in a rivalry game as part of a day-long event to raise money for autism inclusion in sports. Unfortunately, the team lost, 63-47 , but everyone enjoyed the whole experience.
The team rented a coach bus for the journey to Boston, bonding even more on the bus ride down and eating in the historic Four’s restaurant across the street from the garden. “It was a great experience standing on the same court where all of my favorite players have played, especially Derrick Rose,” junior point guard Ben Merritt said. Merritt scored nine points in the game, all off of three point shots.
Senior forward Calvin Schumacher also was awestruck at what he was experiencing. “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” Schumacher said. “To play on an NBA court, especially one where 17 championships have been won, was incredible.”
Even though the team lost the game, everyone still enjoyed playing on the court and even sitting on the bench. Junior sharpshooting 12th man Jack Kinney talked about his experience on the sidelines. “Even sitting on the bench was a great experience,” Kinney said. “Getting to sit where many of the greatest players to ever live had sat and played is mind-blowing.”
Unfortunately, the Celtics were on a road trip during the game, so the KO team wasn’t able to meet any of their favorite players.
All in all, playing at the Garden was a great experience for everyone involved. Not many people can say that they’ve scored a bucket on the Garden floor where the Boston Celtics play.