The Brooklyn Nets rookie celebrated his mother’s birthday on Friday by pulling out his checkbook for the biggest gift imaginable: A new house. In an entry for The New York Post, Hollis-Jefferson recounted Friday night’s life-changing surprise party for his mother, Rylanda Hollis.
She said it was her best birthday ever. That’s huge for me and my brother, and my uncle, who is like a brother to us. … That’s big in our eyes, to be able to do that. Being able to change your mom’s life, to be able to put her in a comfortable situation. … It makes that feeling in your heart go to ease.
Instead of worrying about where your mom is going, what she’s doing, it puts you at ease knowing she has a place of her own, and that she has somewhere to lay her head at night. It’s pretty special.
Accompanied by a videographer, Hollis-Jefferson surprised his mom — who showed up to the house not knowing that she owned it or that there was a party going on inside — right at the door for the reveal.
For Hollis-Jefferson, that memory is worth putting himself in a less-than-glamorous living situation. Armed with a new multi-million dollar contract, Hollis-Jefferson is equipped to experience the high-rolling NBA lifestyle, but instead, he seems to be staying as grounded as possible.
In September, he complained about the rip-off that is the New York City real estate market to The Wall Street Journal, revealing that he’s chosen to lock-down a rental with his brother, NBA D-Leaguer Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and a friend in Northern New Jersey. Having traversed the tri-state real estate market once before, Hollis-Jefferson probably got a sick deal on his mom’s home — a far cry from the run-down but still insanely expensive apartments you can score in Brooklyn.
On a $1.33 million salary this season, he could easily afford any number of luxury apartments and homes in Manhattan or Brooklyn, but those extravagant comforts are secondary to Hollis-Jefferson. A sensible rental in New Jersey and a real home for mom will do for now.