Aside from Bam Adebayo, Here Are Other NBA Stars Who Really Love Their Moms

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Photo: Michael Reaves/ (Getty Images)

The other day, we saw Bam Adebayo stop in the middle of a televised press conference to take a call from his mama and we were all for it. The Miami heat star had just beat the New York Knicks in Game 6, but was not going to let some press conference keep him from mom. And why should he? When he was a child, his mom would wake up at 5 a.m. to cook his breakfast before school. The two-time All Star has always showed much love for moms, buying her a home after they lived in the trailer. With the NBA Playoffs in full motion and Mother’s Day here, The Root decided to honor the moms of some of the most recognizable stars in the league.

Gloria James

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Photo: Alex Bierens de Haan (Getty Images)

LeBron’s mother has been a staunch supporter of her son since day one. She attended a lot of his games while he was in high school and has always seen courtside throughout his NBA career.

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Sonya Curry

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Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images)

Sonya Curry was the star parent during the 2008 NCAA Tournament as her talented son was leading the underdog Davidson College to the Elite 8.

Mary Babers-Green

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Screenshot: YouTube

Draymond’s mother does not hold back any criticism when it comes to her defensive-minded son. During the 2022 NBA Finals, she called out her son’s poor play, writing in a tweet, “Please ppl stop asking me what’s wrong with Dray… I DONT KNOW! Maybe this is a CLONE! Lmbo WHERE IS THE Draymond that helped get us here!! Hmmmm I have never seen this either!”

Deloris Jordan

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Photo: Steve Kagan /Disney General Entertainment Content (Getty Images)

As seen in the 2022 movie Air, Deloris Jordan played a huge role (probably the biggest) in getting her son to sign with the Swoosh.

Wanda Durant

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Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images)

No player has their mother at more NBA games than Kevin Durant. Nearly every single game, the broadcast will pan to Wanda Durant, sitting courtside, watching her son drop 30 points. The two-time NBA champion showed the ultimate appreciation for his mother during his MVP acceptance speech in 2014, where he famously told her, “You the real MVP.”

Lisa Beverly

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Photo: Screenshot

Ever wondered who raised the defensive specialist that is Patrick Beverly? That would be Lisa, who is also pretty talented herself. She won Price is Right a few years ago and took home over $40,000.

Pamela McGee

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Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank (Getty Images)

The mother of NBA center Javale McGee is actually better than him. Pamela was a trailblazer in the world of women’s basketball. She was on the storied USC women’s teams and won national titles in 1983 and 1984.

Lucille O’Neal

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Photo: Slaven Vlasic (Getty Images)

It takes an incredible woman to be the mother of one of the biggest personalities in American sports. Lucille O’Neal continues to do great philantropic work with many of her son’s foundations.

Veronica Antetokounmpo

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Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images)

Veronica Antetokounmpo isn’t just the mother to NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, but also four other boys who went on to become professional basketball players. Talk about a family full of athletes.

Brandy Cole

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Photo: Adam Glanzman (Getty Images)

Jayson Tatum mother is still heavenly involved in her young son’s life. She’s often seen taking care of her grandson, Deuce, as Jayson light’s up the scoreboard in the TD Garden.

Jolinda Wade

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Photo: Ronald Martinez (Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade’s mother, Jolinda, is not afraid to put her life struggles in the forefront. She struggled with drugs up until 1994, when she was arrested for possessing cocaine with the intent to sell. But, since then she’s been clean and has dedicated her life to God. She’s currently a pastor of a church in Chicago.

Monja Willis

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Photo: Allen Berezovsky (Getty Images)

Like many caretakers on this list, James Harden’s mother, Monja Willis, is always front and center to celebrate her son’s accomplishments.

Shannon Horton

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Photo: Robin L Marshall (Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook always keeps his family close by. His brother, pictured above, is always seen hanging out the hall of fame point guard. The same could be said of his mother, who worked as a manager at a juvenile detention center.

Marilyn Blount

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Photo: Michael Reaves (Getty Images)

Bam Adebayo is one of the hardest-working players in the league. If you read the story of how his mother, Marilyn Blount, raised him, you’ll understand why.

Niele Ivey

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Photo: Arturo Holmes (Getty Images)

Basketball runs in Jaden Ivey’s veins. His mother, Niele, is currently the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Notre Dame. Before that, she played in the WNBA for five years from 2001 to 2005.

Rhonda Smith-Banchero

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Photo: Mat Hayward (Getty Images)

Similar to Jaden Ivey, Paolo Banchero also gets his basketball talents from his mother, Rhonda. She played college basketball at the University of Washington (Seattle) where she became the school’s all-time leading scorer. She also played in the WNBA for some years as well.

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