Many NBA players found out that they were All-Stars on Thursday, but no one got the good news in a more shocking way than the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green.
Per Fox Sports, Green was in the middle of an interview with Comcast SportsNet when the broadcast introduced his mother, Mary Babers-Green. Babers-Green then told her son that he’d been named to the Western Conference All-Star Squad.
Watch the video of Green’s awesome surprise on live television (and his priceless reaction) below:
— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNAuthentic) January 29, 2016
Naturally, the moment quickly got a bit emotional. Recounting the story to the San Jose Mercury News, the star forward explained that he had no idea what was going on when he heard his mother’s voice. “It was amazing,” he said. “I had to keep from crying.”
This was actually the second time Babers-Green had planned to surprise her son; per the Mercury News report, the scheme had been in place for the 2015 All-Star Game, but when Green wasn’t named to the West’s starting lineup, ESPN dropped the idea.
Warriors PR exec Raymond Ridder suggested the idea to Comcast this time around, though, and this year the plan went off without a hitch. The only real difficulty was Babers-Green not letting any hints slip to her son.
“Dray and I talk about everything,” she told the Mercury News. “This has been one of his lifelong dreams. I lived this with him since he first proclaimed it. So just to see him live that dream and give the news to him was really fun.”
Green will now join his teammates Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry in representing the defending NBA champions at the All-Star Game, which takes place on Valentine’s Day in Toronto. But his mom definitely gets the assist.