My grandmother was a key player on my team. I often reflect on the impact she had on my life. She passed away in 2008 from complications which stemmed from Alzheimer’s disease. Before she passed, she left me with tenets that I still live by today.

I nicknamed her “Granny Grahamcracker” when I was young because she was always feeding me sweets. But looking back, she had been providing me with more than just treats; she was using the time we spent together to share her life lessons and pass on her wisdom.

As a point guard in the NBA, it is my job to help my team to see the full picture, to control the tempo of the game and to ensure all my teammates are contributing to our mission.  Looking back, I now see that my grandmother was my point guard in life.

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