Last night as the Miami Heat were finishing off their game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were making their way back to the Celtics locker room. They skipped the customary post game handshakes and half hugs with the Miami Heat players. Classless? Not a chance.
This isn’t little league or Pop Warner. This is professional sports. Kevin Garnett just ended his best chance to get another NBA title and he didn’t feel like shaking hands and saying good game on his way out. Why should he have to? This is his job. He isn’t out there playing because his mom and dad paid $50 for him to get the same amount of minutes as the other kids. He is a professional. I love when pro athletes show emotion after a loss. LOVE IT!
I know what some are thinking… It teaches kids to be bad sports. Kids shouldn’t even be watching the NBA playoffs. That’s why the games end at 11:30pm.
I know what others are thinking… Would you say the same if it was Lebron James? Yes I would.
Good emotion or bad emotion is what I want from the professional athletes I watch. When you win, jump up and down and get in a big pile on the court. When you lose, look pissed you lost and get out-of-the-way.