For all the nasty drama in sports headlines, from bitter contract disputes to teammates calling each other the “B” word, there are plenty of touching, behind-the-scenes moments that can make even the most hardened cynic smile.
Such a moment occurred Saturday before the Celtics hosted the Jazz in TD Garden. Utah guard Donovan Mitchell spied a young fan in the stands wearing Mitchell’s high school jersey (he attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.).
Mitchell walked over, greeted the young fan, promised to sign his jersey … and then invited him on the court to rebound for him as he shot free throws.
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Donovan Mitchell spots a young fan wearing his high school jersey & invites him onto the court pregame! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/EQksiRwpSC
It’s a memory the fan will hold for life, and a reminder to all of us about all that is good in sports.
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