Originally written on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Happy Friday, and happy NBA Appreciation Day, everyone!  I wish I could find the time to make these posts more often, but they always get put on the back burner.  Anyway, Walter McCarty.  If you’re a member of generation Y who grew up in Celtics territory then you probably have fond memories of his three-point stroke.  Well, maybe it was more the way Tommy Heinsohn felt about McCarty and his three-point stroke than it was his actual three-point stroke… but whatever.  Either way, we all loved Waltah!

I can still recall being a young middle schooler attending my second NBA game.  I couldn’t tell you who the Celtics played that night, or what the score was, but what I can tell you is that Walter McCarty was one cool cat.

After the game, in search of a way to kill time until the train was set to leave Boston for Portland, Maine, my father and I wandered aimlessly outside of the Garden.  We came across a gathering of people around a break in the fencing.  We stopped to see what all the commotion was about and soon realized that we’d found the spot where the Celtics would roll out in their Escalades and BMWs.  Being a fifth or sixth grader from a small town in a rural state where exotic vehicles are as rare as the rich and famous people who drive them, I obviously wanted to stick around.  It was cold, but my dad agreed.

An hour later, maybe, I’d watched several kids nearly get run over as they chased Ricky Davis’s SUV down the street… but I’d seen no player stop, or even roll down his window.  I recall feeling a little disappointed by the lack of attention paid to the fans, but hey, at least I’d seen a hell of an auto show.  Finally, I agreed to leave.  Only one other kid, probably about my same age, had stuck around as long in hopes of an autograph.  He too was with his father, waiting with a pen and a notepad.

Just before I turned to walk away, the kid with the notepad handed a pen into the window of a white Mercedes.  I walked up alongside him to get a closer look and first noticed the chrome lettering on the fender of the vehicle.  “V12,” it read.  After wiping the drool from my lips, I peered into the window and immediately recognized the 6’10 forward in a tan-colored suit.  It was none other than Walter McCarty–the last player to leave, but the first to stop.  The only paper article I possessed was a brown stadium napkin, and although it felt kind of silly, I handed it to him anyway.  He signed it with a Sharpie, handed it back, and away he went.  I can’t remember whether or not I thanked him–I was probably too awestruck to eke out a word of gratitude–but I certainly hope I managed.  I’m forever grateful to Walter for providing me with one of those amazing childhood memories that I’ll carry forever.  As simple as it was, the event was certainly one that led to my love of the game of basketball.

I’ve got boatloads of NBA-related collectibles–boxes of cards, autographed jerseys, game-worn shoes–but my Walter McCarty napkin holds more significance than most of the others.  I’m sure it isn’t “worth” 10 cents, but I wouldn’t sell it for a thousand dollars.

Thank you, Waltah!


Keenan Lewis: Saints preparing 'funeral' for Falcons

Report: Lakers offered Nash, draft picks for Rondo

Chris Christie defends being a Cowboys fan

Celtics co-owner: 2024 Olympics would be 'boon for Beantown'

Harbaugh turned down Michigan money in 2011

Saints pose legitimate threat to any playoff team


Matt Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

Danny Ainge: Celtics 'having a lot of discussions' about trades

Eagles fan posts on Craigslist seeking help for team

Michael Vick has almost paid off all his massive debt

Russell Wilson changes agents ahead of big payday

Dolphins CB: Brady needs to 'wake up' about playing into 40s

Game of the week: Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chicago Bears are the Monstrosity of the Midway

Tom Brady's TD celebrations frighten teammates

The impact of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Dwight Howard kicks Nuggets mascot Rocky

Report: Bears in disbelief over Cutler benching

Is Titans-Jaguars the worst prime-time game this century?

Ranking the most underrated players in the NBA

Darrelle Revis feels sad for Rex Ryan

Five reasons why Oregon will win College Football Playoff

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason so far

Report: Celtics in serious trade talks involving Rondo

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins and other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

C's in serious trade talks about Rondo

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.