Darnell Dockett is going home.
Dockett is originally from Decatur, Georgia, close enough to Atlanta. He came from tragedy, having walked in to see his murdered mother when he was 13. He tweeted earlier this week he was dedicating this game to his mom, and said he may cry before the game.
“I get to play in front of my grandmother and all the friends I grew up with and I’m looking for some other people I grew up with, like the neighbor who always called the police on me,” Dockett said. “I’m trying to get her tickets to the game too so she can watch me.”
Dockett said he is going to see some friends and take a handful of needy neighborhood kids shopping.
“I want to reach out to the young kids and keep them out of trouble, try and show them the positive things,” Dockett said. “When I was growing up no one came back to show me that stuff. It was always the drug dealers and the bad stuff. For me to talk to kids and give them money and take them shopping so they don’t have to steal or rob to get it, no matter where I am in Arizona, I still love the kids, I still love the community and I am not bigger than where I came from.”
It’s not all a love fest, though. There is a part of Dockett who wants to show something to the neighborhood types that he said counted him out when he was a kid.
“Neighbors treat you a certain way because you are not as wealthy as them or they look down on you, to go back and show them all things are possible,” Dockett said. “You shouldn’t count someone out. I hope I can get in touch with them even though they probably won’t come because their ego will kick in. It’d be a privilege to show them what I have done with my life and to see what they have done with theirs.”
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