Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets – Game Two
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets greets his mother, Monja Willis, after Game Two of the Western Conference quarterfinals game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Rockets’ James Harden & his mom

Baseball and basketball kept Harden focused and off the streets. His own story is the motivation for his AAU teams in Houston and Arizona.