OK, everyone, please excuse me if there are mistakes/errors on this post, because I'm writing this right now and I'm not gonna edit it, so I'm just getting that out of the way. Yeah, you know that guy that I've been ranting/talking about for a little while now? That point guard for my Celtics? Rajon Rondo? And that center that is a beast (perkisabeast.com)? Kendrick Perkins?
Today, I met my first two NBA players. Here's the story. I was at the Prudential Center in Boston with a few friends, and we were waiting for someone. So, at the base of the elevator was a Gucci store. We decided to just wait outside the store until the person we were waiting for showed up.
I was talking to my friend while I was facing the store, and he points over my shoulder. I turn around to see a massive Kendrick Perkins staring me eye-to-eye. The emotion on my part was incredible. There was no warning of my meeting Perk. I just turned around and WHAM! He was just there. In his booming voice he said, "Excuse me." The emotions that went through my brain were somewhat terrified, excited, happy and many other things as well.
I got out of his way, of course. He headed right into the store, me with my jaw dropped halfway to the ground. I watched as other people filed off of the elevator, among them one of my idols, Rajon Rondo. I was speechless. I watched as Rondo walked into the store and away into an aisle, amazed at my luckiness.
You guys know that Rondo is one of my favorite players. You guys know that I've ranted about him/wrote about him in, what, four posts now? Anyways, I almost collapsed, shocked, amazed and excited at the same time. Keep in mind my age and that they were my first NBA players that I had met. So this really isn't an overreaction. And I'm glorifying it a bit.
I hopped up and down squeaking for a few minutes (well it wasn't that bad, haha), and I saw Rondo go near the window. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to meet some of my favorite players, so to my own amazement I walked into Gucci and went right up to Rajon. "Mr. Rondo," I think I said, "You're one of my favorites. You're playing great this year and all of that. I loved the triple-double the other night, too."
He said with a slight smile, "Thanks, man," a few times and extended his wiry right arm. I took it and shook his massive hand, truly amazing how big they are. First of all, Rondo is not huge. He's pretty small, actually. At 6'1" I was somewhat (SOMEWHAT, not really at all) close to his height. Let's just say he wasn't out of the ordinary. But I was extremely excited at meeting him. "You're the first NBA player that I've met, ever." I said ecstatically. "Well," Said Rondo, "If you wanna meet another one, Kendrick's right down the corner,"
"Thanks," I said, and I walked down the aisle to meet my second player. Perkins was sitting down on a bench, trying on shoes? I don't know what he was doing, but he was surrounded by about five of his friends, or bodyguards, one of the two. I walked up to Kendrick hesitantly, and I said, "Mr. Perkins, I'm sorry to bother you, but I just wanted to say that I'm a big fan," I might have said a few other things, but I don't quite remember. I got more of, "Thanks, man," as he extended his arm, with an even more immense hand attached.
I took it and shook his hand, noticing the diamond-studded watch and all of that on his hand. He smiled as I said, "Keep up the good work," and I walked out of the store, just on a high. I mean, a kid my age meeting his first NBA player? TWO of them? It was incredible. And another thing: The guys were nice. And nobody else was bothering them, nobody else was anywhere near. I just talked for a few moments and went away. Just an afterthought: Rondo was wearing a Nike sweatshirt, Nike sweatpants and Nike flip flops. He's a Reebok guy. Hmmm. Maybe there's something we don't know about.
Anyways, I'm just kind of on a high right now. I'm excited at all of this. And just know, my shameless Rajon Rondo talk is not over. This just fueled the fire. And Perk's hooked nose is even more pronounced in real life. It was great stuff, just unexpected. Anyways, there it is. Thanks for listening, everybody.