One of the most frequently asked questions of recent draftees is: “What is your first big purchase going to be?”
It’s an important question to be sure. Most young men in the NBA Draft are about to be handed a sum of money that most of us will never see in a lifetime.
For Indiana Pacers rookie Myles Turner, his first big purchase will be one that he and his family will remember for quite some time.
The young center posted videos of him delivering a new car to his aunt and grandmother yesterday on his social media accounts. He drove the new van to a pizza parlour where his family was meeting for dinner.
The 20-year-old folded into the car which had ribbons on the hood and balloons tied to the bumper. A six-foot-eleven man driving any kind of vehicle is a crazy image but he managed to make the SUV look like a toy.
Turner said on Facebook: “My grandma and aunt are really responsible for why I’m here, very loving. (They were instrumental) when I was playing AAU basketball, as far as getting me places. My grandma was at every game.”
This is common for most student athletes that find themselves apart of the AAU circuit. There is a ton of traveling to different towns in the hopes of honing your skills against a variety of competition. The process can be expensive for kids without a lot of resources.
The gift brought his aunt to tears while his grandmother stood dumbfounded in the parking lot. Amid his aunt’s protests that the gesture was too much, the rookie standout replied that the car wasn’t enough to show his appreciation.
In the end the car itself might not be that expensive, but the memories that he created for his family are completely priceless.