Spencer Dinwiddie could well be one of the NBA‘s most underappreciated players.
The 29-year-old combo guard is having perhaps his best season yet, averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks and Brookyln Nets this year.
The Detroit Pistons selected Dinwiddie in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, and ever since he’s proven to be a valuable asset to any team he’s played on.
While Dinwiddie isn’t one the league’s biggest stars, and likely never will be, he is considered a fan favorite.
That label may have grown recently when he sat down with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and discussed, among other things, the relationship he had with his grandmother.
Spencer Dinwiddie Brings Fans To Tears While Talking About His Grandmother
Dinwiddie and Rooks discussed a number of topics. But the host seemed to catch Nets star off guard when she switched the topic to family.
A smile immediately came across his face. And then the words began to flow…
If able, Spencer want you to call your grandparents
“There’s expectations that come with other relationships…whether it be wanting me to score, wanting me to be good at this – but with my grandma is was just about being me. I was enough.”
Both of us held back tears in this one pic.twitter.com/H6t98nxVw5
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) March 22, 2023
“I think my grandma was probably the place that I felt the most authentic and truest love in my love,” he began. “And that’s why that’s a relationship that, I mean quite honestly I don’t really talk about much.
“You know, there’s expectations that come with other relationships…My dad and mom and stuff, they love me to death. They’d take a bullet for me. But, you know, whether it be wanting me to score or wanting me to be good at this or stuff. With my grandmother it was just about just being me. I was enough. I think that is such a unique thing to feel and I think that everybody at some point in time in their life, I hope that they have a relationship that’s like that.”
Dinwiddie went on to talk about the time he spent with his grandmother before she passed and how it helped him through the grief process by know what that time meant to her.
His words immediately resonated with fans.
Grandma love is different. My dads mother passed away when I was really young and even at that age I very much understood how permanent death was. I don’t think anyone loved me the way she did. https://t.co/j5G3S6SjQZ
— BIG SALMON (@BigRuSantana) March 23, 2023
why am i crying at 10 am https://t.co/4qhHW7knJz
— Kevin Lazaro! ☀️🌙 (@SpaceboyChicago) March 23, 2023
Jesus I miss my granny, it’s too early to be a mess like this 😢😢😢 https://t.co/zK4YcWo3Ge
— One Mic: Black History Podcast (@onemichistory) March 23, 2023
Win/Lose/Draw my gma never really watches because she says games make her nervous. And she could care less if i score 40 or 3 points. She just says she’s happy i get to express myself. She doesn’t expect a single thing out of the game. She’s just happy to see me. 😭 https://t.co/Tw7XiDAbkS
— TG (@JEFESCOTTY) March 23, 2023
The stories continued to flow, each one with the same undertones.
This is so good, Taylor. So-so good. Love how you gave him the space (and time) to reflect on the meaning* of his relationship. To be seen & be loved for simply existing is a beautiful feeling. ♥️ Wish I could sit with my grandmother. 💔 https://t.co/bjU4Ovn3Sc
— Brwn Liquor Candle Co. 🤎 (@MelineRose) March 23, 2023
Got me cryin. I miss my Nenie so much. I’m so grateful my grandma left me her best friend to love on me and my mom and our family. https://t.co/Ccu6xWxzva
— Uh uh; But How Do It Free Us? Sanchez (@maracharese) March 23, 2023
It’s clear to see the impact Dinwiddie’s grandmother had on him as a person. And now he’s using the lessons learned from her to try and help others.