Niyear Perez is a 13-year-old former AAU player who is a huge Washington Wizards fan. He thinks John Wall is better than Stephen Curry, and says Wall is the best point guard in the NBA. Niyear is also without either of his kidneys after a seizure forced doctors to remove them back in January.
On Sunday, the middle schooler from Connecticut was flown in to D.C. to meet Wall, hang out with the team pregame, and even hold his own press conference. Oh, and he got to get introduced with the team during starting lineups. With fire shooting from the stanchion and everything.
That’s pretty dope.
The Washington Post did a little feature on Perez, Wall, and his big day at Verizon Center which is worth checking out.
Here’s hoping Niyear gets the transplant he needs soon. Cool to see a team get so involved like this that they actually bring a kid out on the floor during a game routine.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks had this to say about the experience after the game:
Niyear got to watch the game from Zach Leonosis’ — son of Wizards owner Ted Leonosis — courtside seats. Washington beat the Magic, 115-114.