First and foremost, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I’m eternally thankful to mine for all that he’s done for me in my life and know that many others out there feel the same about their dads. And while I rarely make this site about anything other than basketball, I must also say that after having my first child in the past year, it’s been great celebrating my first Father’s Day. Watching your child grow up is a gift all to itself and in that sense every day is a reason to celebrate.
But today is a special day. It’s a day that all the dads out there get to do what they want. Maybe that’s relaxing and doing nothing. Maybe that’s going fishing, or watching Tiger go for his 4th U.S. Open title, or maybe it’s watching game 3 of the Finals this evening. I know I’ll be doing at least one of those things today.
What I’m also doing is thinking about the ways that father’s influence their kids. And with that thought I remembered this fantastic piece that Chris Ballard wrote about Kobe and his father. In it, Ballard sheds new light on Joe Bryant and with his tale, his son as well. It’s a fantastic read and well worth your time whether you’ve read it already or not.
So, before you get to too caught up in your Sunday – whether that’s as a son or daughter calling/visiting your father or as the dad getting to relax – take a few minutes to read up on Jellybean and his boy. After that, enjoy the rest of your day. And again, happy Father’s day to all the dads out there, especially mine.