“She was there from the beginning. No matter what, if I had a good or a bad game, she's always going to be there for me. When I was young, the only person I heard in the stands at a game was her, screaming for me to be a better player, or screaming when I messed up. Now, I see her on that sideline, it's all just so surreal to me. To be honest, there's times when I've been on the (Thunder charter) plane going to another city, I just look around and (think), ‘Wow, I'm here.' I look at my jersey and see the NBA logo, I'm like, ‘I didn't think I'd be here.'”
You didn't think you'd be here?
“I didn't think I'd be here, and the only person that really believed in me, that I could do it from Day 1, was my mom. It's so rare for people to make it. You hear all these stories about, ‘There's one in a million guys that make it to the NBA and stay there.' To see people cheering for me and when they say my name, it's just crazy. It's still crazy to me.”