ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith received a standing ovation Saturday night at the Mothers Basketball Association’s national conference gala at the InterContinental Houston with his statement that professional ball players must be accountable for their actions.Among those applauding were Shaquille O’Neal’s mom, Lucille; Derek Fisher’s mom, Annette; and Theo Ratliff’s mom, Camilla. Local basketball moms hosting the event included Mary Ford, mother of T.J. Ford; Renee Jones Lee, mother of Damon Jones, and B.J. Ewing, mother of Daniel Ewing.
There were plenty of players in the house as well — Hall of Famer Moses Malone, All-Star Jermaine O’Neal, Houston Rockets Luther Head and Chuck Hayes, and former Rocket David Wesley.
Pulling it all together behind the scenes were conference consultants Renee Miller, Karen Simon and John Guess Jr.