I’m a big NBA fan. Love the WNBA too. So, once I saw this story, I jumped on it.
And make no mistake, Ariya Smith, all 4-foot-9 of her, is coming up hard.
Despite the onset two years ago of systemic Lupus, a life-threatening autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs, the kid from Thornton, Colorado, has continued to play the sport she fell in love with at age 5. And her dream remains the same:
To play professional basketball. To be like Maya Moore.
Yes, she got to hang out with Maya Moore, a very good WNBA player. One day, she did just that.
All Ariya did upon arriving at the Lynx practice facility on June 10 and giving her idol a hug was shoot like a pro, draining nine shots in a row as she worked her way around the lane. And that was before accepting the gift of Air Jordans from the team and changing into Minnesota Lynx workout gear.
There’s a lot more in the story with Ariya and even Maya’s background.