COMMENTARY | In the big picture of things, sports are just, after all, a game.
For 17-year-old high school senior Carly Wright, sports is a chance for her to escape from the realities of life.
Wright, a senior at Mayde Creek High School in the Houston area, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, earlier this year. She has been in and out of the hospital for chemotherapy, but was able to make it to Toyota Center on Tuesday to spend the day with her beloved Rockets as part of the Make-A-Wish program.
While the Rockets were in game mode preparing for their game against the Boston Celtics during shootaround, players did not hesitate to spend time with Wright, giving her signed jerseys and basketballs throughout the session. She also got a chance to sit with owner Les Alexander during the game, which turned out to be a 109-85 blowout win for the Rockets.
Wright showed her excitement through her twitter account @CarlyyWright, as she tweeted "all my fan girls dreams are coming true." Tweets about meeting Celtics forward Kris Humphries, as well as thanking Rockets players Chandler Parsons, James Harden, and Jeremy Lin for giving her shoes and shirts then followed.
In the first half, the huge video board at Toyota Center displayed Wright's story, and the crowd gave a standing ovation for Wright.
A few Rockets players are now wearing bracelets that read "#KillCancerCarly" and "Do It Wright." Parsons is one of them, and he turned out to be Wright's favorite player.
"It really puts things in perspective," Parsons said after shootaround Tuesday. "It was an honor to meet her, and I hope she had a great time with us. That was a cool experience for all the players."
Parsons later tweeted "The win tonight was for my girl, @CarlyyWright!! You are such an inspiration. Keep fighting!
It's always heart-warming to hear a story like this during a time where nothing could seem positive. Carly Wright played volleyball for her high school team, but that was taken away from her as well as her overall health.
Even though it was just a few hours for her to spend time with her favorite players, she seemed to be the happiest that she had ever been for some time during those precious moments, which really helps put life in perspective for the rest of us.
For Carly's full Make-A-Wish video, check it out here .
Michael Ma covers the Houston Rockets as an editor for Rockets blog Space City Scoop, and as a columnist for Rocketssocial.com. He's been a basketball junkie since the Illegal Defense rule was still in effect. You can follow Michael on twitter @RealMichaelMa.
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