In honour of Mother's Day, Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins featured five NBA mothers and the special relationships they have with their superstar sons.
DeAndre Jordan, Draymond Green, Kyle Korver, Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors' own DeMar DeRozan were the subjects of the piece. In DeRozan's case, it is a miracle in itself that he and his mother are even able to share the day together at all.
Diane DeRozan underwent surgery on her uterus in the 1980s, and was eventually forced to deliver DeMar in an emergency C-section.
"Every time I had a contraction, his heart rate dropped," Diane said to Jenkins. "I told my husband, ‘Don’t worry about me. Save the boy.’"
But the two both survived the ordeal and are close as can be. Diane claims she has watched every single one of her son's games (except for Game 4 vs. the Wizards because she had to attend a funeral). DeMar even crawls into bed with his mother to try and comfort her when she is dealing with severe pain for her lupus. He also purchased two walking chairs and installed a whirlpool tub in her house to combat the disease.
DeMar is named after Diane's younger brother, who was a victim of a drive-by shooting at the tender age of 20. As a result of her brother's death, Diane was very protective of her son, sitting in her car watching while he would play basketball at Wilson Park in Compton.
On the professional stage, despite first-round playoff exits for the Raptors in consecutive seasons, Diane draws an interesting analogy as she remains positive about the future.
"He could always eat sunflower seeds," she said to Jenkins. "Those were easy for him. But pumpkin seeds were the hardest thing. He tried and he tried, and he could never do it—until he finally learned."
She remains optimistic that DeMar and the Raptors will soon acquire a taste for those pesky pumpkin seeds. In other words, they will figure out how to translate their regular-season success into post-season victories.
You can find Jenkins' story in its entirety here.