This book details his memories of growing up in Chicago, his rise through the ranks of basketball, his relationships with family, and his journey to becoming a father. I enjoyed his stories about his accomplishments on the court, and reading about the strength of his mother to overcome a drug addiction and today serve the Lord in ministry. He described the struggles he endured with his ex-wife in a custody battle, and why it means so much for him to be the full-time guardian of his two sons and nephew. This quote from the book sums it up well:
Fatherhood, to me, isn’t something you do for awards or acclaim. It’s a privilege and a huge responsibility. Of course, the recognition I’ve been given has been flattering— except I don’t think it makes sense to honor me for what I should be doing in the first place. That said, I do hope that by opening up in ways I haven’t in the past, I can encourage other fathers or father figures to get more involved with their kids’ lives.
In reading this book, I was again reminded how important the memories are that I create with my daughter. I learned some other ways to encourage and relate to my children, and I look forward to the wonderful journey of fatherhood ahead of me.
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