Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fastbreak

      It has been awhile since my last post, largely because I moved across the country. I spent my off-season living in St. Petersburg, Florida preparing for my next season.  After a whole off-season of not knowing where I was going to be for the 2014-2015 season I got a phone call.  I had to leave the next morning at 6 am to move to California to play for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA development League. So you can imagine how busy I've been these last couple of weeks trying to get settled and adjust to the changes of living on the West Coast. Luckily, I fell upon a great situation here in Bakersfield, Ca. Since the first day I arrived the front office, coaches and my teammates have been absolutely amazing in making this an easy transition for me. I got here only a few days before the team's next game.  This meant I only had hours to build chemistry between guys I just met, learn defensive offensive strategies very fast, and convert from "workout" shape to "game" shape.



Playing against the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA-D League

      One of the highlights of my experience here in Bakersfield has been off the court. My teammates and I helped serve the less fortunate food for Thanksgiving! After a hard fought win the night before against the Santa Cruz Warriors, we woke up at 7 am the next morning to help put together boxes of food for those who were disabled or in need of Thanksgiving dinner. Easily over 300 boxes were filled with turkeys, green beans, olives, sweet potatoes, corn, bread, and yams. It took us most of the morning to fill every box and walk every box of food to each person's car, but it was worth every minute.  On a day when most athletes would enjoy some rest and relaxation we woke up and went out to support the community that supports us!

Having a little fun at our Thanksgiving Giveaway!

       After a great morning we were rewarded with a Thanksgiving Luncheon from our good friends over at Valley Republic Bank. Even though we weren't able to be with our close family and friends for the holiday, we were blessed to have a good meal and spend the holiday with extended family. Many thanks to VRB for the hospitality!

Valley Republic Bank made sure we felt at home for Thanksgiving!!

      After Thanksgiving, we hit the road for a three game road trip starting with two games in Frisco, Texas playing against the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) and ending in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma playing against the OKC Blue (OKC Thunder Affiliate). With each team having numerous players with NBA experience, we ended up our road trip with a 2-1 record and placing ourselves at the top of our division. During those games, I posted averages of 18 points 5 assists and 5 rebounds per game.

                                                    Play of the night vs Texas Legends

     I must say it feels great to be back on the court after a long off-season.  I really focused in on my nutrition, stamina, and I lived in the gym.   It is still early in the season and we still have goals that have yet to be accomplished, but we are off to a great start. After a long road trip, I made it back for my infusion.

Stopped in for my infusion after our road trip.  I was exhausted!
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     I'm excited to be in my fourth professional season.  After a good road trip, it's back to the basics to prepare for our next game this Friday vs the Reno Bighorns (Sacramento Kings affiliate) looking forward to the challenge!!