But there's one exception. Elton Brand plays basketball for the "other" LA team, the Clippers. He got hurt in the off-season last year, and he hasn't played at all this season. Partially because he's been gone, the Clippers have been bad this year. Really bad.
And now the season is almost over. The Clippers aren't going to the playoffs this year. They are just trying to get through the rest of the year. There's really no reason for Brand to come back until next season.
But he is working hard, with the goal of playing the last 20 games of the year. Why? Because he's a good guy, that's why. And he understands how fortunate he is. Look at his answer when a reporter asked him why he wants to return this season:
I love to play. It's an honor to play in the NBA, and that's my job. If I'm healthy, I'm going to play. Secondly, being a part of it with my teammates. We've got to start getting ready for next year...But mainly for the fans, we need to put the best product we can out there. If I can bring some energy, if I can bring a high-level of basketball out there, to help win some games, they want to see that.He gets it! It's an honor to play professional sports. He understands that. And he understands that he owes something to the fans who pay his salary. How totally refreshing; an athlete who doesn't believe the universe revolves around them. I can root for someone like that.
Now, if there were only more of them...
h/t: Clips Nation