When I was a basketball star, I’d be in my dorm room playing video games and eating ice cream while wearing my favorite sneakers.
I would play on my favorite team, the Fresno State Warriors.
The other team, though, I had to play on the junior varsity, the Oregon Ducks.
My teammates called me “the baby” because of my height and weight, and my coaches made fun of me for my size and hair color.
I had no idea what to do with myself after that.
As a junior, I was named the all-state basketball player in Fresno.
I went to college, played for three different coaches and graduated with a degree in sociology.
Then, just after I graduated, I played professionally for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
I am still trying to figure out how I got there.
After two seasons in Sacramento, I moved to New Orleans.
I thought it was the end of the road, but I was wrong.
It was just another year.
I was going to go back to Fresno, but that didn’t work out either.
In February of 2017, I found myself on a road trip to the Bay Area to visit my parents.
I’d been spending the past couple months playing basketball with a new girlfriend and watching her compete in the girls division of the women’s college basketball tournament.
We were going to Sacramento to watch the men’s game.
I’m sitting in a car with a few friends and my girlfriend is playing basketball in a nearby parking lot.
She had a few minutes before the game, so I drove around the parking lot to find her and she told me she’d been training.
She was a former high school basketball star.
I didn’t believe her at first, but she was good.
We’d always thought she’d be a big star, but it was her time to shine.
She hit her peak and went on to be a very successful pro athlete.
She’s still competing at the international level now, but after that year, she wasn’t going to be able to play.
I told her I was quitting, but the next day, she texted me to tell me that I had a new boyfriend, and I told myself, “This is not going to happen again.”
After a few days of texting, we finally made it to Sacramento.
It’s a pretty sweet place.
I love the food and I love my friends, but what I loved the most was the people.
We’re not in a bubble.
I met this guy in Sacramento who was working as a trainer and coach in the area.
I found him on Craigslist and told him I was looking for a roommate.
I asked him where we could stay the night and I gave him my address and phone number.
We set up a meeting at my apartment and I was immediately introduced to this young man who I called my roommate.
We made plans to go to a local movie theater to watch some movies and then to a bar to meet my girlfriend and get ready for our trip to Sacramento, but when I got to my apartment, I realized I had forgotten my shoes.
I opened my closet and there were four pairs of shoes, all of which I had not worn in months.
I called the guy I’d just met and he was like, “Oh, hey, what are you wearing today?”
I was like what?
Why would you wear shoes that were worn less than a month ago?
I called back and he said, “I was just trying to make sure you didn’t forget anything.
You were going for a walk in the park.”
I said, No, no, I’m not a little girl.
I wanted to be happy.
I just couldn’t be happier.
I wore those shoes the rest of the trip and my roommates all laughed at me.
The next day I called him back and said, I need to talk to you about this.
I have a boyfriend and I need a date.
He told me I was overreacting.
I don’t think he even saw me.
He said, Okay, I’ll call you back and we’ll try to make it work.
I still remember that day because I was sitting on the couch with my new roommate when he called me and asked me to come to his place to have dinner.
I felt like I was having a good time.
It didn’t take long for me to find out that he’d lied.
When I got home, he was crying.
He was just like, Oh, my God.
I sat there and I cried for two hours.
I could not believe what I was seeing.
The following day, I went over to him and told everything I had.
He called me the next morning and said he wanted to see me again and that he was sorry I had lied.
I said that I was just getting over my boyfriend and wanted to get back to basketball.
We went to dinner and