Now in his second straight season with the Maine Celtic’s, Boston’s affiliate club, Tony Snell said, “Of course, I want to come back and play, but I have a bigger purpose now,” when discussing his desire to be signed to an NBA team’s active roster by Friday with Yahoo Sports. Snell must be signed by a team by February 2nd, 2024, for the rest of the 2023-2024 season to have a 10th year of service for the players association’s retiree benefits program, saying, “It’s not about me anymore. It’s about my boys.”
Tony Snell Fighting For His Family’s Wellbeing
The Chicago Bulls selected Snell, a 3-and-D specialist, with the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. A decade later, Snell is currently on the Maine Celtics, fighting to be back in the NBA. Snell needs one more year of service in the players association to be eligible under the retiree benefits program for the union’s premium medical plan, which would cover Tony’s whole family, including his two sons, 3-year-old Karter, and 2-year-old Kenzo, who are both diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
During Tony Snell’s season with the Atlanta Hawks in 2020, when Karter was 18 months old, the Snell family began to notice that the Karter would only say “Dad” or “Dada.” Recalling not talking too much as a child until he was 4 or 5 years old, Snell thought nothing of it. While undergoing his evaluation, Snell watched on as Karter grabbed blocks of specific colors. After the testing revealed Karter’s diagnosis, Snell would go on to get evaluated himself, revealing he was on the spectrum like his two sons. Snell, after his diagnosis, said, “I honestly felt relief. I always knew I was different from everybody else. Just observing other kids, just observing everyone around me. How they were interested in each other and they just clicked. I couldn’t find a way to click or relate. Basketball was honestly the only reason I had friends.”
Tony Snell Shows Off Shooting In Big Game
With Maine, the 32-year-old Snell has found himself in a mentor role these past two seasons, being that he is nearly a decade older than almost all of his teammates. Snell expressed he loves sharing his veteran knowledge and experience with the young guys. Snell said. “I’m at the stage where I want to inspire people and help as many people as I possibly can.” Living up to his words, Snell is sacrificing most of his own minutes this season and has watched many of his young teammates improve.
🔥 Tony Snell is HOT early – setting the tone going 4-4 from 3! pic.twitter.com/YhrLVKLIpZ
— Maine Celtics (@MaineCeltics) February 1, 2024
Tony Snell was finally called upon on Wednesday night in Maine’s matchup with the Raptors 905, and he didn’t waste any time. The Celtics went on a 16-2 run in the first four minutes of the game behind Snell’s fantastic play. Snell scored the first nine points of the game, draining three straight threes and hitting a fourth before subbing out with 7:50 left in the 1st quarter. From there, the Celtics cruised to victory, winning 136-95. Looking just like he did back in college while playing for the New Mexico Lobos, Snell put on a shooting clinic, going four for six on the night from three, finishing with 12 points in his limited minutes. Throughout these past two seasons, Tony Snell has proven his value as a team player, a veteran in a locker room, and a consistent knockdown shooter.