Christian Braun was selected 21st overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night, but it was his mother, Lisa, who stole the show.
Once Braun’s name was called, cameras captured the moment the former Kansas guard hugged his family, namely Lisa, who was wearing an eye-catching red dress. Minutes later, the mother of three captured Twitter’s attention.
Lisa’s time in the spotlight almost never happened, as it was only this week that she and her family decided to attend the NBA Draft at Barclays Center.
“It was new, and we had to plan everything at the last minute,” Lisa said, according to ABC Kansas City affiliate KMBC 9 News. “We knew it was a chance to go, but because of the feedback we got, they think it’s important that we are there.”
Lisa was a basketball star herself at the University of Missouri, playing for the Tigers from 1987 to 1991. While there, she won All-Big Eight honors three times and later earned a Temple berth. of Missouri Sports fame. Don, Lisa’s husband, attributes much of Braun’s success to his mother’s illustrious career.
“I think anyone who saw her play back then knows toughness is how he was raised,” Don said, according to Kansas’ WIBW 13. “I don’t think anyone is playing for [Kansas coach] Bill Self isn’t on the floor unless they’re tough.
Lisa knows the draft is just the beginning for her son.
“I’m thrilled that he continues to grow and improve,” Lisa said. “It’s what you always want for your child or any athlete, and I think the team as a whole did it. I think he did his job and his diligence to make a difference. in the team and to improve their skill level.
Braun averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in his junior season, all of which were career highs. His elite rebounding and defensive prowess helped propel the Jayhawks to a national championship victory.
In addition to Lisa, Dyson Daniels’ mother, Brikitta Kool-Daniels, also won the collective hearts of the internet in Thursday’s draft.