With watery eyes and long pauses to compose himself, Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson didn't even try to mask how rough the past month-and-a-half has been for him since his girlfriend, reality television actress Gia Allemand, committed suicide .
Anderson at Allemand's Aug. 22 funeral
with her mother, Donna Micheletti.
Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images ''Every day is a challenge,'' he said Monday, on the eve of the first practice of training camp. ''It helps to be here. My family's with me. To be here with my teammates really helps a lot, but it's a roller coaster.''
Anderson, a 6-foot-10, former California standout who can make 3-pointers in bunches, has had a promising start to his NBA career. As he enters his sixth season, he's trying to summon the emotional strength to continue thriving on court, and hopes that by doing so it will empower him to honor Allemand's memory in a way that benefits others who may be suffering the way she did.
Although Anderson was not yet ready to go into d...