It's a fact of life, everybody comes with a back story.
Little Blake Rochelle Ahearn has a pretty interesting one.
She was born March 19 in St. Louis, 5 1/2 weeks premature and weighing slightly over four pounds.
She's still in the newborn intensive care unit, but her weight is up nearly a full pound.
She's in good hands.
Her mother, Ricki, is taking good care of her while her father, Blake, is earning a little extra diaper money playing for the Utah Jazz.
"It's been a lot of emotions these past couple weeks for me," said Ahearn, a 6-foot-3 point guard. "I'm just excited (the Jazz) picked up the phone."
Actually, when the Jazz called Ahearn's agent on Monday, the NBA D-League All-Star wasn't sure what to think. Initially, he was told the Jazz had some interest but nothing was official, so he left Ricki and Blake and headed off to the gym for a workout.
By the time he got back things had progressed. Already on Utah's emergency list of potential call-ups, Ahearn learned the Jazz were offering a 10-day contract.
In what must have been a profound real-life moment, he had to decide whether to take the deal or stay at home -- on leave from D-League's Reno Big Horns -- and help take care of his wife and new baby daughter.
Ricki, a former high school and college player, made the decision easy. She essentially told her husband to leave.
"She knows what it's all about so when I got the call I think she was the first one to kick me out the door," Ahearn said.
Out the door and into an opportunity.
A five-year D-League veteran, the former Missouri State standout has been in training camp with a number of NBA teams and even played briefly with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
In between, he put up some impressive numbers in the D-League. He admits he doesn't look the part of a basketball star -- an insurance agent, maybe - but he owns a career scoring average of 20.5 and this season had been scoring 23.8 points per game, plus 5.1 assists, for Reno.
He even made the All-Star game this season, scoring 21 points and dishing eight assists in 19 minutes.
In January he broke the league's record for consecutive free throws, hitting 99 in a row. He went on to hit 110 straight before finally missing one.
The Jazz don't see Ahearn as a can't-miss prospect, but general manager Kevin O'Connor said the team has been aware of him for a while now.
O'Connor keeps and constantly updates an emergency list of players to call up as the need arises.
When guards Earl Watson and C.J. Miles went down with potential season-ending injuries on Sunday, the Jazz acted quickly. Ahearn was high on their list of guards, so they called his agent, offered a 10-day deal and got him to Salt Lake City ASAP.
He practiced with his new teammates Tuesday morning and hopped the team charter to Houston later in the afternoon. The Jazz and Rockets will meet tonight. Both teams are battling for a spot in the playoffs and with only 12 active players on the Utah roster, there's a chance Ahearn will see some action.
"I'm excited to be here with a great organization," he said. "(I'll do) whatever I can do to help."
Maybe he'll help. Maybe he'll sit on the bench for the next 10 days. Either way, it's an opportunity to earn experience, valuable practice time with an NBA team and, of course, considerably more money than he was making in the D-League.
And that brings us back to little Blake Rochelle Ahearn. Of course her daddy would much rather be there to watch her grow a little every day, but as luck would have it, he's got a chance to spend at least 10 days with the Utah Jazz.
"It's hard to leave," he said. "But it pays for a lot of diapers."
Jim Burton is the Standard-Examiner's sports columnist. He also covers the Utah Jazz and the NBA. He can be reached at 801-625-4265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets at http://twitter.com/jmb247