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Class, caring ways define Sharp legacy

Updated: February 24, 2006, 6:13 PM ET
By Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com

Alicia Thompson wasn't looking where she was going. Neither was my son, who was just around 3 years old at the time.

While Thompson and her Texas Tech teammates were playing knockout at the end of a shootaround back in 1998, my tag-along son, T.J., who was always welcomed by Lady Raiders coach Marsha Sharp, was playing at the other end of the court while mommy finished up some interviews.

Then all of a sudden, my junior hoopster-in-the-making ran smack into Thompson, a 180-pound, ...

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