Guest blog post by 13-yr old, Troy Guglielmo. His father placed the winning bid on our Lakers ball boy experience package.
On April 3rd, 2012,
I got to the chance to experience being the ball boy for the Lakers. When my
dad told me I was going to be the Lakers ball boy on my 13th
birthday, I was so excited! I am a Lakers fan who loves watching them play and
am actually a basketball player myself.
I could not believe I had the opportunity to go on the court, rebound
for the world famous Lakers and meet the players. I could hardly wait on my
ride over to the game. When I arrived along with my family, I was greeted by
some of the staff, they were really kind. They showed me the way in and gave me
a complimentary “I LOVE THE LAKERS” t-shirt. I also got two tickets to watch
the game with my dad and a media pass that I could use to get about anywhere. I
thought about all the possibilities but then was showed the way to the court.
When I got down, I was greeted by the coaches and ball boy
and was instructed what to do. I started rebounding for the players and then
would pass it off to either them or the coaches. Once, I went up for a rebound
and got all tripped up and then eventually plopped on the floor. So, the
coaches said I got fouled and had to go to the line to shoot a free throw. I
went up to the line and shot the ball… I was waiting to see what would happen.
THUD! I had not even hit the hoop on my first ever shot in the Staples center.
I turned to see my dad recording it and laughing gleefully, “AIRBALL,” he said.
I then went back to rebounding for the players and listening to the
instructors. After about another hour and a half or so, the music started
playing and the Lakers came through the tunnel. I got to give them high-5’s and
then started rebounding for some Lakers greats such as Kobe, Pau and Metta.
After warming up, we put the balls away and awaited the National Anthem to
play. While the song was playing, I really took in the magnificence of the
Staples Center. When the song ended, I was escorted off the court and up to my
The basketball game was against the New Jersey Nets and was
action-packed the whole time. During the middle of the 4th quarter I
went down and sat in the 2nd row for the remainder of the game.
There was 10 seconds to go and the Lakers were only up by one and they had to
get a shot off. So with 3 seconds left on the shot clock, Kobe shot a fade-away
three which probably went in and out three times and then finally went in! The
crowd went wild and the Lakers went onto winning the game.
After, I was escorted outside the locker room to get
pictures and autographs from the Lakers. I had a great time being the ball boy
at the game for the Lakers. From rebounding for Pau Gasol to shooting with Kobe
and then getting blocked by Metta World Peace, which was hysterical, I had a
moment with the Lakers that I would always cherish. The staff was kind yet funny
and the whole experience was amazing. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of GreaterLos Angeles, I had the best experience of my life.
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