This season, the Celtics haven’t done much to inspire. They’re in outright rebuilding mode, and are well on their way to one of the worst records in the league. Yet tonight, they will play host to one of the more inspiring stories that the NBA will see all season, due to one fan in particular. 12-year-old Louis Corbett, who is from New Zealand, has travelled the many thousands of miles from the Southern Hemisphere to watch the Celtics play the the Golden State Warriors tonight.

The story extends far beyond simply the distance that Corbett travelled to watch the game though. Unfortunately, Corbett has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, which is a degenerative eye condition, ultimately leading to blindness. It was revealed after diagnosis that Corbett has an accelerated form of the condition, and he doesn’t have that much time before he will be completely blind.

Therefore, Corbett (who is a passionate basketball fan), became determined to see his favorite team, the Celtics, play a game before it was too late. His family has gone to inspiring lengths to ensure that the youngster, one of five children in the family (three have the condition), is able to see as much of the world as possible before the condition sets in.

So part of this process includes watching the Celtics play in Boston tonight. Corbett is a serious fan. For example, his favorite all-time player? Larry Bird, of course:

His favorite current Celtic is Rajon Rondo, who will be in action tonight.

Corbett’s story has spread all around the world, and the magnitude hasn’t been lost on the Celtics. So far it looks like he’s had a great visit.








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