The day before Game 5, Ray Allen practiced despite being excused by the Celtics from the team’s workout. Why was he excused? His son Walker had a diabetes-related complication similar to the one that affected Walker during the 2008 postseason.
“I’m sure you know my son was in the hospital [Saturday]; he had a similar bout [as during the 2008 NBA Finals] and went hypoglycemic,” Allen said. “He had to be admitted to the hospital around 1:30 in the morning. It’s something we have to deal with, my son having diabetes. You do everything you can, but his body, it wasn’t operating correctly.
“As a family, we try to figure out what we can do at home. But it got to be about 12:45 [a.m.]-1 o’clock, and he wouldn’t fall asleep. And we couldn’t let him fall asleep. His blood sugar was dipping into the 50s and 40s, when it’s supposed to be above 90 and up into the 200s. As parents, you try not to panic, try not to get nerves. But I’m speeding. I was hoping the cops wouldn’t pull me over, because I don’t think I would have stopped. We got him situated; he’s better now. Hopefully we can keep him where he is now.”
Walker, who attended Sunday’s Game 5, was the first person to greet Allen as he came off the court, which made the victory extra sweet.
“He doesn’t like missing games,” Allen said. “Even if the kids stay home, he wants to be at the games. He wants to wear green; he wants his toes painted green.”
I’m glad everything seems to be okay. Walker being able to go to the game is definitely a good sign. I don’t pretend to know too much about diabetes, but my cousin does have it so I’ve seen firsthand how stressful low blood sugar can be.
P.S. – Sickness is the only thing that will keep me from making a joke the next time Ray Allen discusses painting toenails green.