After Boston Celtics big man Al Horford missed Monday night’s 112-104 win against the Miami Heat because of his daughter’s birth, [CSNNE’s Mike] Felger made a late run at the worst sports take of November, suggesting on CSNNE that Horford should have chartered a private jet to play in the game. “He had the birth of his kid in Atlanta,” Felger said on the television station. “The game was in Miami. I know when you make $30 million a year it ain’t much to get a private jet. (Celtics co-owner) Wyc (Grousbeck) would probably pick it up to fly down at 3 o’clock in Atlanta. It’s about a 90-minute flight to Atlanta. Play the game and come right back.”
Not even going to call this a hot take, because it’s been done a million times before.
It should be a no brainer, that you go to the birth of your child. Only times you second guess it is playoff games, but even then, I think it’s a tough tough sell to the wife.
A November game against the Heat though? I’d skip that game to eat a good cheeseburger or take a nap. If I were Al Horford, I would miss that game for SO MUCH less than the birth of a child. Felger tried to clarify later in the piece that “if there’s complciations, you have to be there”. But that if it’s a “generic child birth”, there’s no point. Not well versed in child births, but pretty sure you usually don’t know if there’s going to be complications ahead of time. How would Al live with himself if something happened to his wife, and he couldn’t be there because he had decided to play a November basketball game.
And not to beat a dead horse, but NOBODY CARES ABOUT NOVEMBER BASKETBALL.