|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 27, 2013 at 2:05 AM|
When you think of summertime, it's BBQ time, or fun at the pool, or maybe catching a baseball game. The summer is about fun, if your a kid out of school, or a college kid out of school, maybe your a dad and mom planning a trip to Disneyland with your family. In the NBA the summer is about reloading, or rebuilding for the season that is to be. For me in the summertime, there comes a time when I remember the passing of Reggie Lewis. This year it feels different, maybe it's because the date is so real to the sound. It's been 20 years since Reggie Lewis died on a basketball court.
Lewis suffered sudden cardiac death on the basketball court at an off-season practice on July 27, 1993 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
I think many of us felt so helpless when it happened. For most of us, just being fans, we feel something about the players that we watch, and most of us have lost someone in our own lives to understand in some fraction how his family felt. There is just nothing we can do as fans, all we can do is help carry on his legacy on the court by expressing how we felt about his passing.
Even though it's been 20 years, you know his family still feels the heartbreak, and perhaps the tears rundown like it was yesterday. Starting to feel numb after a loss is normal. When it first happened it was a numbing feeling. It became more then the Boston Celtics. It became about his family not getting the chance to see Reggie grow old. It was just a tragic story, that sports fans, and Boston fans won't forget.
It's been 20 years since his passing at the tender age of 27. In some ways Rondo and Lewis share a bond. Lewis was the marque player taking over after the 80's 'Big 3'. Bird was retired, and Mchale was soon to follow with Lewis at 27. Rondo is now 27, and the 'Big 3' are gone. Reggie was supposed to be what Rondo is to the Celtics now. Rondo blossomed during the 'Big 3' era, as Reggie was getting better year by year, and he finally cracked the All-Star team in Bird's final year in 1992. Rondo's path was and has been different. But they both share a common bond in living in a shadow under great Celtics.
For all of us fans we think about what if, and what could have been if he played in his prime. Would we have waited 22 years for banner 17? Then on the other side of things, his family is thinking what if my husband was still here, or what if my dad was still here. For those who have taken the time to read this. Remember Reggie for more then his uniform. He was one of the nice guys, and every summer the loss of his smile will leave us wanting him here, whether it's dreaming of what could have been on the court, or if your his family wishing he was around on a warm summer day with the comfort of his presence.