In “Basketball Diaries,” viewers get a rare glimpse into the personal lives of some of the NBA’s biggest stars. From Shaquille O’Neal to Kobe Bryant, Jayson Tatum and Charles Barkley, these players share intimate stories about their journeys to the top of the basketball world.Through anecdotes including run-ins with Michael Jordan, plus overcoming deflators and lifting up childhood role models, we gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make it in the world of professional basketball, and the sacrifices that must be made to succeed at the highest level.
Exploring Shaq’s 70,000 square-foot mansion
Shaquille O’Neal shows Graham Bensinger around his home in Orlando, including a look at his car collection, a ride on his hoverboard, wall of fame and gym.
Kobe Bryant: Dunking on my mom
Kobe Bryant discusses growing up the son of an NBA player and getting his competitive nature from his mom. Kobe and his father would play games against each other, which ended up with his father as the victor. When Bryant finally beat his father, they never played again. Although his toughness came from those pick-up games, his competitiveness came from his mother.
Jayson Tatum’s humble roots: Water cut off; house foreclosed
Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum remembers the many sacrifices his mom made as a teenager, and her battles to pay bills as a single mom working long hours.
Charles Barkley: Michael Jordan doesn’t like me anymore
Charles Barkley explains why Michael Jordan is like a brother to him and when – as a NBA analyst on TNT – he upset Jordan by voicing an opinion that he wasn’t doing a good job as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets. Barkley goes on to say it’s his job to remain honest on TV and that he thinks the relationship can be repaired.
Shaq interview: Dad and a Knicks game changed my life forever
Shaquille O’Neal on a relationship with his stepdad built on respect, and inspiration to take basketball serious. Shaq also shares how watching Julius Erving (Dr. J) play in person impacted his future and meeting LSU coach Dale Brown for the first time.
Steph Curry: My dad beats me in HORSE
Stephen Curry on growing up with his NBA dad, Dell Curry, life lessons and still losing to him in HORSE.
Dirk Nowitzki: Dad wanted me to take over family painting business
Future Basketball Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki shares stories of his athletic parents’ impact on his upbringing, including when his dad Jorg Werner encouraged Dirk to pursue a career in the family business and why Dirk spent nearly every weekend playing basketball, handball or tennis.
Blake Griffin: Biracial parents taught me to rise above haters
NBA star Blake Griffin opens up about his appreciation for his mother, Gail and father, Tommy. He shares stories including why they decided to homeschool Blake and his brother, Taylor, and gets into their upbringing as a biracial family. Blake says he learned a lot from watching his parents brush off detractors, as no one could rattle the love they have for each other.