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Josh Hanson is a junior guard for the Stanford Cardinal basketball team. Hanson is from Houston, Texas. He is a 6-foot-1 point guard.
Last season, Josh Hanson was a designated garbage time player. But in no way could it be justified to say that he was a staunch garbage time player. No, he wouldn’t be described as a devotee.
Sure, being a Stanford Cardinal basketball player was a part of his identity — and it meant a lot to his family. He was comfortable with most of the traditions of Maples Pavilion. He just didn’t feel the need to be there each and every time it was a 20-point game with less than a minute left to play. What was the point?
Josh Hanson knew he was a decent ball player. He knew that if he tried to live a good life, treat people well, and personally work on getting better that his coaches would be pleased with him as a player. So, what difference would it make to be the one on the court dribbling out the clock?
Nay, Josh Hanson wasn’t ascribed among the truly faithful in attendance of garbage time. Indeed the opposite would be more concordant in regard to Hanson. Fickle. Irresolute.
Notwithstanding, there was the occasion Josh Hanson would find himself drawn to kneel before the scorer’s table. In fact, Hanson participated in 4 games for 7 minutes this past season.
Perhaps, in these few minutes, Hanson was moved to strive for greater garbage time piety in the oncoming season. However, with 8 teammates who can play his position at point guard, sadly, apathy may continue in his presence during garbage time.
And whether Josh Hanson realizes it or not, each and every garbage time, there will be those watching for him. Hoping and willing for his participation. When garbage time comes and Hanson along with it, they will try their best to temper their joy at his attending, so as to not seem overbearing. But strive as they might, their enthusiastic yearning will be clearly discerned.
While this results in awkwardness and discomfort, it is crucial for Hanson to understand that this eagerness comes from a place of sweetness and graciousness rather than superiority. Through this interaction and ardent exposure to its benefits, perhaps a great human truth can be gleaned. That kindness is magic.
And that garbage time is the place where the diligent are made into role players. I have no idea concerning Josh Hanson future, but I’ll be happy to see him when we get the chance.