Jan. 31, 2021

Khem Birch's mom, Wendy Sparks

Khem Birch's mom, Wendy Sparks

Khem Birch's mom, Wendy Sparks


As we wrap up Magic Mom Month we turn the tables and welcome Cam Reddish's mom Zanthia Reddish as our guest host interviewing our very own Magic Mom, Court-Side Moms host Wendy Sparks, mom of Khem Birch.  

After hearing so many stories from mom’s of NBA players, it’s special to hear Wendy’s story.  Different from many, Khem didn’t actually like basketball as a young boy. Football was his game until he was about 13 when he realized basketball was his true calling. Wendy talks about the limited opportunities to play pro ball in Canada and why they made the choice to send him to prep school in the US.  

Khem’s road to the NBA was a difficult one. Declaring in 2014 was a tough decision. Wendy talks about the experience including draft night and the disappointment when he went undrafted.  Determined not to give up on his dream his journey took him to Summer League and more disappointment. Offered a contract to play in Turkey, he decided it was the right time for him to play overseas. In 2017, the Orlando Magic came calling and taking the risk, he finally realized his dream, making the team and playing in the NBA.