Sunday, August 9, 2009

Robert "Tractor" Traylor Couldn't Escape Family & Environment!

I found this very compelling article in the Detroit Free Press on former University of Michigan basketball standout and NBA player Robert "Tractor" Traylor. Still only 32 Traylor most recently has played basketball overseas. A former number 6 draft pick in the NBA, Traylor's mother Lenora was a crack addict and prostitute, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother Jessie. He has a cousin, Quassan Lewis who was one of the biggest drug lords in Detroit. Traylor allowed Lewis to purchase two buildings in his name, which resulted in money laundering charges. Once a millionaire, Traylor lives in a modest home in a Detroit suburb, with hopes of once again playing in the NBA.

It's not surprising that given his upbringing Traylor couldn't maximize his potential. Only 32, he still has a chance to maximize what's left of his basketball ability. His mother has apparently kicked her drug habit and lives with Traylor and his family. Traylor appears at peace with his decisions, but feels he didn't reach his full potential. Hopefully seeing his mother clean and sober fills the void that basketball couldn't for him.