Louis Corbett is a huge Celtics fan from the other side of the world. The 12-year-old from New Zealand traveled to Boston to see his favorite NBA team play as part of a wish list of things he wants to see before a degenerative disease takes his eyesight. Below is a recap of his visit from Wednesday night.
Louis Corbett, a 12-year-old New Zealand native with a rare degenerative eye disease, fulfilled one of the top item on his "vision bucket list" Wednesday by taking in the Celtics-Warriors game.
Corbett, whose trip to Boston was funded in part by the Celtics after the team learned of his desire to see his favorite NBA team before he loses his vision, sat courtside near the Boston bench and got VIP treatment throughout the night. He mingled with Celtics coach Brad Stevens, captain Rajon Rondo and other Celtics players before the game; Jeff Green invited him onto the floor to get up shots during pregame warm-ups; and he was honored on the JumboTron at the first timeout.
On a night when Perkins School for the Blind opened the game with a rousing rendition of the national anthem, Corbett left an impression on Celtics players and staffers.
"I’m really disappointed in how we played, for a lot of reasons, but certainly we would have liked to have played better for [Corbett's] family," Stevens said after a 108-88 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Added Rondo: "It was very exciting to meet him. He came in the locker room before the game. He met me. I didn’t know I was his favorite player. We had some words. Very happy kid. What he’s going through, he still has a smile on his face. He’s very humble. Because we all do what we love to do for a living and you never know, at any moment, it could be taken from you. You just try not to take anything for granted."
Both Green and Rondo sent Corbett home with his game-worn sneakers.
"He is smiling and he is enjoying life," said Green. "We can get down over the little things and then you have a kid who is about to have a surgery in a couple of weeks who is going to be blind and right now he is enjoying one day at a time. Sometimes it puts life in perspective."