If you were unaware of the struggles that Taurean Prince had growing up, he wrote about them in heartbreaking detail for The Player’s Tribune.
Prince talks of being homeless for a month, and sleeping outside when there was no room at the Salvation Army. He and his father were a “team,” and they pushed through the tough times partially due to his father’s optimism. “My dad, man. Even in a homeless shelter with his son, he was trying to find the upside,” said Prince.
The story moves from his time living with a friend to his time in San Antonio, where he met John Collins during his senior year in high school. Collins helped instill an even bigger drive in Prince, and taught him how to become the basketball player he is today.
He also details how free he felt on the night when he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks.
Prince has spent two years in the NBA to date. In his most recent season, he averaged 14.1 points per game, a bright spot for the struggling Hawks, who tallied a 24-58 record.