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The Season of Giving

I’ve always looked forward to helping my community out, dating back to my time at Wake Forest. I remember during my junior year at Wake, I dressed up as Santa Claus and had the opportunity to go into Winston-Salem households that were less fortunate than mine. We gave out gifts and things to help them through the holiday season.

Having been raised in Winston, that was a big moment for me. To give back to those people meant a lot.

A lot of them knew who I was and where I came from, and I think that made it mean more to them. Everybody appreciated that it was a hometown kid — a kid doing special things on the basketball court at Wake Forest — who was taking the time to visit with them and help them.

That’s when I knew it was my calling to give back.

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Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Pelicans

Wanted: Saavy Veteran For NBA Roster

The NBA season is right around the corner and I’m still working hard to get another opportunity.

I’ve been through this before; it’s not the first time, so I’m just looking forward to what’s next.

I would love a chance to get back out there and play some ball and keep my journey alive and my legacy going. Right now it’s all about just having a good time with the sport that has gotten me to this point and enjoying it.

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D-League Select v New Orleans Pelicans

Motivated By A Successful Summer

Welcome everyone back to my blog. The NBA season is fast approaching, and I’m excited about that. The experiences that I’ve had this summer have pushed me even more to continue to play.

Right now, I’m just in it. I love the game no matter what. It’s not about the money for me because I’ve made enough money in my career where I can walk away if I wanted to. I just want to continue to play and end my basketball career the way I want to end it.

The opportunity is there. A couple of teams have asked about me and told my agent they were pleased with the way I played in summer league. So for that to even be said from a team, with no negatives, means things are looking up.

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A Fresh Opportunity

I’m excited to say that I’ll be participating in the NBA Summer League beginning on Friday in Las Vegas, as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. I’m very excited about this opportunity. The hard work is paying off.

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Adjusting to Austin and the NBADL

Going into this offseason, I was just looking forward to playing basketball after suffering an ACL injury again last year. So instead of sitting around and waiting for a team to call, I took the great opportunity the Spurs gave me to sign and play on their D-League team. Now I’m just trying to take advantage of it.

So far I’m feeling good. It had been a while since my last game in the NBA and I’ve only played in nine games here so far, so I’m shaking off the rust. I’m just trying to plug away at that, get consistent and get in a rhythm so that hopefully I can come back to the league sooner than later.

My body is getting there. I’m not that spring chicken I used to be but I know when my conditioning comes everything else will fall into place. I’ve always been one of those guys that can get in shape pretty fast. Once I feel that happening I think the sky will be the limit again.

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Full Steam Ahead

I’ve been working out at full strength for a while now, and I’m ready to show people again that I know how to bounce back from an injury.

I got cleared by the doctors at the end of August, and it’s been full steam ahead ever since. Right now, I’m just waiting to hear from a team. I’ve been through this process before. I’m just staying prepared to get that phone call.

A lot of teams just look at the injury, and question if I’m healthy or not, which is understandable. I had the opportunity to work out for San Antonio, Houston and Minnesota last month, and none of them said anything negative about my performance, which I think is a good thing. From what my agent said, everyone thought I moved a whole lot better this year than last year, so that was a great compliment in itself.

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Teaching and Learning in Dallas

We just wrapped up the eighth year of my basketball camp here in Dallas last week, and it was a great experience that was also a lot of fun.

I usually put on the camp myself through my foundation, but this year, I decided to partner with Higher Goals to do it. It was pretty similar to the camps I’ve put on in the past, but we liked the idea of teaming up with an organization like Higher Goals.

The camp was set in Grapevine, which is a nice area out here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We had a great turnout of about 75 kids ages 7-14, and went from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day Monday through Thursday. The kids had a great time, and I think we really made it enjoyable for them to learn the process of playing basketball.

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