Former Kentucky forward Alex Poythress is gearing up for the upcoming season with the Atlanta Hawks, but his mind is on something a bit more important than basketball.
Poythress’ mother, Regina, has been dealing with kidney failure since Alex’s time at Kentucky, and they hadn’t found many optimistic answers since.
That was until recently, when Alex’s twin sister, Alexis, was found to be a donor match and is now in the process of giving her mother one of her kidneys.
In an interview with The Athletic, Poythress said they’re looking to get the surgery done sooner rather than later.
“That’s going to be big time,” Poythress said. “That would be really good. My sister and mom are so excited, and I am, too. It’s in the works, and I’m so excited.”
Poythress said he uses his mother’s situation as motivation going forward with him in the NBA. If she can overcome life’s most difficult adversities, so can he on his professional journey.
“We are blessed to be in the position we are in right now,” Poythress said. “I get to wake up every day and play basketball. There’s no complaints from me whatsoever. There are some people who wake up and don’t have a place to live and don’t have anything to eat. When you put it all into perspective, you really change your way of how you view things.”
And though he’s signed to a two-way deal with the Hawks, meaning he’ll be spending time in the G-League, Poythress believes the end goal is without a doubt a long career in the NBA.
“I know I belong in the NBA,” Poythress said. “I feel like I can prove that. I’m just waiting for a consistent opportunity. I’m going into this season with a different mindset. I’m just trying to be good from the jump. I just need to prove it to everyone like I’ve always done. I’ve taken the hard road before and faced adversity before. It’s nothing new.
“I’m still young. I’m only 24. I don’t think about the negatives. I only think about the positives. I think about where I can be moving forward and what my aspirations and dreams are. I’m just trying to keep it moving.”
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