PITTSBURGH -- Let's get this out of the way from the jump: Yes, when John Flowers was growing up, he and his mother would play pickup in the backyard and his mother would beat him.
In fact, until John was about 12, it wasn't even a contest. More of a walkover, frankly.
And he's OK with it.
No, scratch that. He expected it.
"What can you do?" Flowers said. "There was no sense in trying for a while.''