My daughter, Kelzer, is a mother now with three children, and it's been more than a decade since she spent much time shooting a basketball.
But I flew Kelzer in from Arizona to teach Dwight Howard how to shoot free throws because she still has to be better than he is.
We all met at UCLA, Howard was as friendly as always and relaxed after fishing trips to Lake Tahoe and Aspen.
He posted Twitter pictures of the fish that had jumped in his boat or the ones he claimed he had caught. But they were the wrong kind of trophies for some Lakers fans.
"You just can't please people," Howard said. "I catch fish and it's a problem. People were upset I was out having fun; they thought I should be sitting in a room all upset because we lost.
"I am upset, but I'm not going to stop living life.
"I couldn't watch the playoffs I was so ticked. Everywhere I went I saw a Tim Duncan jersey, and you know how much I hated that."
We also chatted about his desire to make movies.
"Maybe 'Kazaam II'," he joked in reference to Shaq's bomb. "Actually I'm working right now on some stuff with Disney."
"Do they have a Disney studio in Houston?" I asked.
"Time to shoot free throws," said Howard.
My daughter has been busy potty training the twins, so she didn't know anything about Howard.
"I had to Google you," Kelzer told him when they met, and I have no idea why she's so direct. "Ask me about 'Sesame Street,' though, and I'm your girl."
Howard took the bait. He said he could make more free throws left-handed than she could right-handed. He said he'd donate $5,000 to charity if he was wrong.
He was wrong, although after hanging around Howard, Kelzer's shooting percentage plunged.
Howard could not have been more gracious in setting himself up for defeat. That's why I like him. He keeps things in perspective, although it seems to bother serious basketball fans and players.
"Can't we have some fun?" he shouted, while doing a spot-on goofy imitation of the daughter's shooting motion.
He declined Kelzer's offer to help with his shooting technique, saying he will not change the way he shoots free throws this off-season. He'll just shoot more of them.