MELISSA LYTTLE | Times
Nathan Mixon, 3, makes a shot over the outstretched hand of his mom, Aeisha Trice, on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Nathan, whose nickname on the basketball court is "the Hammer," is a huge LeBron James fan and has been playing basketball since he could walk. He has graduated from the small basketball goal he got as a baby, seen covered by a blanket, to his cousin's much taller one in the driveway. His mom loves the game and grew up playing, too, until she hit middle school and "a coach told me there'd never be a professional women's basketball league."