The Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Bill Doyle profiled 19-year-old Roman Sweeney, a disabled Massachusetts high school basketball player who competes with the aid of two titanium legs. It's a fascinating story about a kid with an amazing outlook on life and the sport he loves. (Sweeney jokes that playing basketball "makes me feel like I'm dating Beyoncé. It's the most beautiful feeling in the world.")
Sweeney said Celtics center Kevin Garnett is his favorite NBA player and, before Friday's game against the Rockets, KG was informed of Sweeney's on-court exploits.
"Amazing, amazing. He has more [3-pointers] than I have," quipped Garnett. "That's amazing. Things like that are simply amazing. Other than the reaction and what you see now, I have no words for that. That's truly amazing to me."
Added Garnett: "Wow, that's true determination, man. That's someone that really loves basketball and loves the game and loving life. So, that's true inspiration right there."
Informed Garnett is Sweeney's favorite player, Garnett just shook his head. "Out of all the players in this league. That's a true compliment. I'm more than honored. For what reason, I have no idea. But it's flattering, man. It's flattering."
Later, Garnett expounded on the idea of being a role model and inspiration to others, whether it's Sweeney or someone like rookie teammate Jared Sullinger.
"Hopefully I brought some good and some type of influence to the game," said Garnett. "I play hard enough, I put a lot into it, I invest a lot. I've invested a lot, I continue to do the same, and I'm enjoying it. So, hopefully somewhere in the world some people ... find any type of positive or any type of something that gets them through their day. I've always been grateful and more than appreciative to have been able to be someone's strength, if not a source of confidence. Of all the things in the world to be able to look at and say, 'Hey this is what I use for confidence,' [and] I'm one of them, so that's a true compliment."