This column appeared in The Japan Times.

A parent’s pride can be an impossible thing to hide during a long conversation, especially when the subject matter is a son or daughter’s success in their chosen profession.

And if it’s a reporter probing that individual for hints of satisfaction, or tidbits that reveal their innermost thoughts on their offspring, dead silence is not what you would expect on the other end of the phone line.

That was certainly the case on Friday morning in Japan, when I dialed up longtime NBA forward Terry Cummings in Atlanta to talk about his son, T.J. For the elder Cummings, it was immediately evident that he’s quite proud of T.J., who has followed in his footsteps as a professional basketball player.