Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the Brooklyn Nets 20-year-old rookie, surprised his mom, Rylanda Hollis, on her birthday with the keys to her new house.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had been searching for a house for his mom for a while until he found the ‘perfect’ one. He described the whole scene in his own words via his rookie diary with the New York Post this weekend:
We were searching for the house for a while. My brother, the realtor, my uncle and a couple others were looking at houses and telling me about it, and I thought this one was the perfect fit.
When I told the woman who owned the house why we were buying it, she cried. Being a mom, she understood what it meant more than us guys do. It was an emotional moment, and then she said, “We can make this happen.” They even bought my mom a cake!
We had a lot of our close family and friends and relatives at the house to surprise her. My sister was driving my mom to the house, and we told her to just knock on the door and ask for one of your friends.
The realtor opened the door and said, “Oh, who are you looking for?” When my mom said the name, the realtor said, “Oh, OK, come in.” Then everyone popped out and said, “Surprise!” and me and my brother had the cake, and she just started crying. To actually be able to show her the house and stuff on her birthday, it was a dream come true. It was a blessing.
Rahlir who spent last season with the NBA Development League and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson were finally able to realize their dream of providing for their mom after years of scraping by, and according to their mom, this was the best birthday ever.