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Disappointed fan

October 24, 2006

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To the editor:

What a disappointment the Bulls/Sonics exhibition basketball game was.

My 7-year-old son could hardly sleep the night before - Bulls and Sonics basketball cards arranged ready for autographs. He wore his Hinrich number 12 jersey.

We arrived two hours early, paid $10 to park (and $50 per ticket times four). We couldn't wait to see some of the greatest athletes in the world.

The teams warmed up and we waited at the hallway in hopes of getting some autographs. Only two players made time for us: Andres Nocioni of Argentina and back-up point guard Andre Barrett.

After the game, we tried again outside the locker room. Surely they would mingle with the hundreds of fans waiting. However, none stopped. Still, fans hoped that after they dressed, maybe? After 30-40 minutes, an attendant came out to tell the waiting crowd that the players sneaked out the back door to their bus.

My son was heartbroken. "Why did they leave? How could they do that? You mean Kirk is not coming out?" he asked.

I told him the important aspect was that he tried his best, and sometimes things don't work out but to keep trying to do your best no matter what.

The more I thought about it, the more upset I became. This was an exhibition game in a college town. Come on, guys. The kids just wanted a prize signature to show their friends, frame and display for many years.

My son's opinion of NBA players dropped a notch, but his opinion of the Argentina player Andres Nocioni has skyrocketed.

John Clark,

Lawrence

Comments

aquakej 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm not surprised they didn't stop to sign autographs, but even as Kirk's #1 fan, I was dissappointed in the way he snuck away after the game was over. As soon as that buzzer rang, he was there on the very end of the bench, waiting to quietly walk away. He went alone and several minutes before the rest of his team. I guess I expected him to at least wave goodbye and thank you. Maybe he was sick or something. But it was still dissappointing. And for heaven's sake, why didn't either Kirk or Nick play the entire 4th quarter or OT?? That's what we paid to see, after all!

mom_of_three 8 years, 2 months ago

It probably would have been better if the team would have announced it's intentions than sneaking out, but perhaps there was a reason.

Ragingbear 8 years, 2 months ago

Yep. Your kid just learned a valuable lesson on reality. Professional Basketball players are not there to "Amuse" or "Entertain" you, they are there to work. It takes alot of training to earn their $3.2 million a year, and they cannot be hassled by somebody wanting something as trivial as wanting their autograph. In fact, you should feel fortunate that they allowed you to have a chair, or a roof after you paid to see them.

Confrontation 8 years, 2 months ago

Poor John won't get to sale anything on Ebay. I don't blame the athletes for not signing stuff anymore. Everything eventually ends up at the auction block.

Leprechaunking13 8 years, 2 months ago

couranna1 do you really think that the little boy would have remembered his dad bringing him into a collectible shop and buying him an autographed card by his favorite player or his favorite player coming up to him and signing the card he already had, that's what the kid wanted not the autograph do you understand why the father is upset now. I can understand all the players wanting to leave as soon as possible, but hinrich and collison have a pretty reasonable fan base here that's a pretty big insult for us by them to host a head to head game for them and they snub all they're college teams fans, they spent 4 years here you'd think they would show a little more appreciation for their stardom now since they would be nothing without KU

Leprechaunking13 8 years, 2 months ago

not even kirk or nick in their old arena? that's just wrong

betti81 8 years, 2 months ago

well, couranna1, i would go out on a limb here and say most autographs are sought after because of the "value of the name". In this case the value of the name was that the 7 year old knew who kirk hinrich was and waited around to get him to sign his card. now, this particular 7 year old values the name Andres Nocioni more than Kirk Hinrich because Mr. Nocioni took the time to make this kid's day. Not everything is about money.

As far as the ebay comment in another post, in many cases yes. in others the thrill of meeting ones hero and possessing said hero's signature is the highlight and reason behind the autograph, not ebay.

lunacydetector 8 years, 2 months ago

you mean after the game, those guys didn't end up at the yacht club getting hammered like they used to when they attended KU?

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