At the end of the night, the games were over and everyone was trying to get out of there. I have been watching Isiah the last few days, literally all day he is a commentator for the games, smiling, interviewing guests, calling the game. I thought my job at the Summer League was tough, but after seeing him work day in and day out, I don't know how he does it.
The game had been over for a half hour but he wasn't in a rush to leave, he was taking time to take photos with a handicapped New York Knicks fan and his family. Then he introduced everyone to his son (the one former NBA player's son who actual wasn't playing in the Summer League). He and his son cracked jokes and overall it was really just touching.
Isiah has taken a lot of fire over the years, some of it deserved, but on a human level, he is just really a nice person. As a player he was amazing too, I don't care what he traded for Eddy Curry.
I'll be back at the Summer League tomorrow. I'm absolutely loving the intensity of these tournament matches, but it's starting to seep into my mind that the Summer League is going to end in the near future.
The oasis is going to dry up and I'm going to be without basketball until the end of October. Even worse, I'm not going to get to randomly hang out with and photograph the NBA's elite for another year.
I'm going to savor it.