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January 30, 2014

Family and friends come out to support rookie star in hometown debut

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“We got a cargo van and drove down for five days,” said Carter-Zegarowski. “Keeping in mind that we have a big family, I made sure Michael’s apartment could fit everybody when we picked it out.”

Life as a young NBA player can get lonesome over an 82-game span. Luckily for Carter Williams, Zegarowski is in the City of Brotherly Love with him to help adjust to life as a professional basketball player. A former assistant coach at Charlestown, Zegarowski also attends some of the Sixers practices from above . The two usually spend the car ride home going over things and bouncing ideas off each other.

As manager, Carter-Zegarowski also set up a trust with her son. Carter-Williams’ rookie contract guarantees him 4.5 million dollars over his first two seasons, but that’s been deposited into a trust that he can’t touch for three years. Instead, he’s living off his endorsement deals with Panini and Nike.

“This is a job and Michael is treating it like a job,” Cater-Zegarowski said. “We want Michael to understand how to manage his money. The average NBA career is four-and-a-half years. It’s not a lifetime of money unless you’re smart about it.”

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