5 Questions With Rashan Ali
by Micah Hart
Rashan Ali has been a staple at most Hawks games the past two seasons, providing in-game updates and conducting interviews with players and celebrities with her trademark smile and smooth delivery. We say most, because she took a leave of absence earlier this season to give birth to her first child, Bailey Sky, and has been on maternity leave until making her triumphant comeback March 10 against Minnesota. We recently caught up to Rashan to see how motherhood is treating her and if she missed us while she was gone.
Hawks.com: You were away on from the Hawks on maternity leave-How are you
Rashan Ali: I gave birth to Bailey Sky Smith on December 3, 2006 at 12:48pm. She weighed 6 1bs, 1oz and was 20.5" long! This is the day that changed my life as I knew it forever! Motherhood is the most rewarding job I think a real woman can have. Our daughter's smile and tenderness brings tears to our eyes daily. I have an entirely new motivation in life because I am no longer living for myself. My career, my day-to-day activities, my life are all motivated by this beautiful life God blessed us with.
Hawks.com: What's been the biggest change for you?
RA: The biggest change is not being able to come and go as I please. My husband and I are constantly making arrangements when we both have something to do. Luckily, both sets of grandparents live in the metro Atlanta area so we are definitely blessed to have them take care of her when we are working! I tell you one thing, parenthood makes you one heckuva planner!
Hawks.com: What did you miss most about being at the games?
RA: I must say I missed talking to the players at half-time the most. I love to interact with the guys who actually make it happen out there on the court. I definitely missed building that rapport with them. I did however, follow the team while I was out. I would catch some of the games on FSN!!!
Hawks.com: What is the hardest part about getting back out there?
RA: The hardest thing is being away from home for a five hour stretch. For those of you who don't know, we have a pre-production meeting that starts at 5:30pm every home game. Of course, tip-off is at 7pm and the games are usually over no later than 10pm. With travel time to the arena and back home, five hours have gone by. It was never a big deal until now. I just feel like I'm going to miss out on some monumental moment in her life.
Hawks.com: What do you think about this year's team?
RA: I think this year's team has learned what it actually means to be a team. In the absence of some key players, the guys have been able to spread the ball out and play together. I love the guys and I think they finally have a recipe for success. We just need to make sure we implement every night!
Micah Hart is the Manager of Websites for the Atlanta Hawks