A Sunday brunch, some flowers, maybe a card and maybe a sequined Ray Allen jersey is all most moms would want on Mother's Day. Of course, throwing out a tweet and a photo on Instagram for all your followers to get a load of is a nice addition if you're an NBA player.
That's just what this Sunday has turned into: NBA players giving praise to the ladies they were raised by and letting their followers see just how much they love them.
Happy Mother's Day! twitpic.com/cpyydw *Don't forget to give your Mom a hug today!— NBA (@NBA) May 12, 2013
Over the years we've been introduced to some of the most outlandish, hilariously vocal mothers in the NBA world, with Allen's mom constantly cheering in the stands for her baby boy, LeBron James' mom showing up here and there and Pam McGee, the ever-intense former WNBA player who brought up the topsy-turvy JaVale McGee.
Possibly what's best about the McGees is that they're co-starring in a reality television show on OWN, aptly titled Millionaire Mama's Boy.
McGee showed his followers how much he loves his mama by showing off the card he got his mom, which was all in spanish, naturally.
Spencer Hawes took the same route, sending out a tweet of him and his mother looking like nice, normal people.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, but especially this one. mob.li/_dPmzX— Spencer Hawes (@spencerhawes00) May 12, 2013
Dwyane Wade, Metta World Peace and Kenneth Faried also went and showed their followers their favorite ladies, taking to Instagram to show off their mothers.
Happy Mothers day to that amazing lady in the middle. Thanks to you I have an amazing family. instagram.com/p/ZN7IJqlCBD/— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) May 12, 2013
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 12, 2013
It's Mother's Day & I've been blessed to have 2 let alone 1 loving lady in my life!! instagram.com/p/ZOHrmNveen/— Kenneth Faried (@KennethFaried35) May 12, 2013
At the very least, it seems like all these guys have a much tamer relationship with their mothers than Kobe Bryant.
Not only is Bryant in the midst of a lawsuit against his mom for selling a bunch of his old stuff, but he was also once leveled by his mom when he tried to dunk on her as a teenager (Via Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated):
So where does the son's legendary competitive drive come from? Watch Pam Bryant at her husband's games. When Joe gets too into it, barking at the refs, she stares him down and wags a finger, lest he get a foolish T. When Pam played basketball as a girl, she used to hound boys on the court. Later, in family games, she never shied from contact. Once, when Kobe was 14 and he tried to dunk on her in a backyard game, she leveled him with a forearm. "She would drop you," says Kobe. "Oh, yeah, she was rough."
I think I can speak for us all when I give a big Happy Mother's Day to all the NBA moms. Continue to be a mix of completely normal, nice women, and hilariously insane ladies.