But for fans such encounters are once-in-a-lifetime sort of moment. Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum found that out recently.
The 23-year-old recently visited a school with some of his teammates where he met a number of basketball-loving kids. While all were in the awe of the NBA guard, one particular young'un was so mesmerized, he was inspired to write a letter.
The Blazers' visit – arranged as part of their team's "Make It Better" and the league "NBA Cares" programs – also inspired other kids to write down their thoughts.
Another child thanked Thomas Robinson for being a ”cool blazer.”
Another one addressed Blazers' star forward LaMarcus Aldridge like this:
Gestures like these not only inspire kids, but also help the NBA fight the widespread perception that its athletes are not all thugs and mischief makers.