Bright lights, centre court, multimillion dollar contracts and adoring fans. That’s what most of us imagine when we think of the world of professional athletes. But what is the story behind the images? What does the road to stardom look like? What does it take to get there? Who better to answer these questions and many more, than the moms who were there every step of the way.“Court-Side Moms” is the first of its kind to focus solely on the experiences of professional basketball player’s mothers, giving us a new perspective on the lives of some of our favorite athletes. We explore the thoughts, feelings and experiences of those moms who have watched their children join the elite world of pro sports. The joys, the challenges, the heart aches, the big and small moments that transformed their lives and those of their children. No one understands this better than Wendy Sparks, the mother of Orlando Magic Center, Khem Birch and the host of Courtside Moms. Wendy will sit down with other basketball moms to hear their stories, creating the first platform for moms to kick back and chat about their kids, and to discuss the reality of raising high performance athletes.
Darius Garland's mom, Felicia
Today we welcome Felicia Garland, mom of NBA superstar Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavs whose dad is former NBA player Winston Garland.
Darius has always loved the game and we talk about his rise to fame. The “Tennessee Mr. Basketball” winner was a five-star recruit and ranked among the best point guards in his class, recruited by Vanderbilt after high school.
Wendy and Felicia relive the 2020 season, the hiatus, the disappointment of not being in the bubble and what’s to come.
Courtney Lee's mom, Teer Butler
Today we welcome Teer Butler, mom of Courtney Lee of the Dallas Mavericks who starts us off with some quick thoughts on the history making 2020 US election.
Drafted 22nd overall to the Orlando Magic, Teer takes us through the emotions of draft night,
the injuries, the trades, playing for Michael Jordan, what it’s been like to work for Mark Cuban, how the Mavs have rallied in response to the pandemic and through it all what she is most grateful for and what have been her most difficult moments.
Chris Paul's mom, Robin Paul
Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder is a superstar in the NBA world.and today we are joined by his mom Robin Paul. Drafted by OC, Chris has come full circle and Robin shares stories about his time in the League. We talk about his role as Pres. of the NBPA and as one of the co-chairs with Michelle Obama of “When We all Vote”-the power to influence change through the ballot. We also touch on the Social Change Fund that he started with Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade and the Chris Paul Family Foundatio
Khem Birch and his mom, Wendy Sparks
In this special episode, Wendy Sparks, sits down with the pro-athlete who started her on this journey; her son, Orlando Magic starting Center, Khem Birch.
Join them for a heartfelt, and entertaining conversation that follows their journey together from that first shot at a basketball net, to the determination to bring home Canada’s first Olympic Gold medal in the sport. This is an episode full of love and one we are very proud to share with all of you.
Angela Mooney and her son, Matt Mooney
In a special episode of CSMs we welcome Angela Mooney and her son Matt who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers on a two-way contract with the Canton Charge of the NBA G League. Matt’s journey hasn’t been easy and his dream has been plagued with injuries...
Kyle Kuzma's mom, Karri Kuzma
Today CSMs welcomes Karri Kuzma, mom of Kyle Kuzma of the 2020 NBA Champion LA Lakers. Raising her children in Flint Michigan, Karri and her family were faced with many challenges and she talks about how this shaped Kyle’s life, both as a person and a...
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Such a cool concept interviewing the moms of stars
Love these stories
Such a great perspective
Mom’s Front and Centre
As a mom to a young hooper love the perspective from these amazing moms. Listened since episode 1 and love seeing the growth of Wendy and the show as a whole. You guys have got a gem here. Keep it up.