via bcnn1.com There are a few words that come to mind when I think about the past couple years of my life: challenging, rewarding, transformative–they roll off the tip of my tongue in an instant. In the span of a year my two good friends LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined me on the Miami Heat, I struggled through a painful, public divorce, and I became the full-time parent to my two young sons, Zaire and Zion.

My older son, Zaire (pictured), has grown up with basketball. My younger one, Zion, could take it or leave it, which is cool by me.

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I’ve had some ups and downs lately, but the memories of the unpleasant times disappear quickly, in part because of moments like the one recently when I was able to surprise my younger son, Zion, at his school with cupcakes for his fourth birthday. It was the day after we’d won the Eastern Conference finals, but that victory couldn’t compare with the huge smile on Zion’s face at that moment. click here to read more

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