Paul Millsap returns to his roots
Paul Millsap was welcomed back to his old neighbourhood with a reception that included a drum line and cheering children.
The newest Denver Nuggets player was introduced at a recreation centre yesterday after signing a three-year deal worth $90 million.
He spent nearly a dozen years in a suburb of Denver as a child before returning to Louisiana for high school and college.
Millsap's mother moved the family to Denver when he was just a toddler. But it was a struggle as she said she used to make $12 last for two days' worth of meals for her four sons.
In 1999, the Millsap family returned to Louisiana. As a child in Denver, Millsap developed into quite a quarterback and thought his future might lie on the field, not the court.
He blossomed into a basketball player when he returned to Louisiana, where he became a standout at Louisiana Tech.
Millsap was a second-round draft pick by Utah in 2006. He spent his first seven seasons with the Jazz, before signing with the Hawks in 2013.