By Jeremy Lamb, Houston Rockets
Lamb Family Takes On Houston
This is my first time officially living on my own, which is cool. It’s good for me to have my space. And I like Houston so far; it’s an exciting place to be. I won the NCAA National Championship here in 2011 as a Connecticut Husky, so I have great memories from this city. I’ve had a chance to check out some different malls and little spots around town. I still have to use my GPS sometimes, but overall, I can find what I’m looking for now.
My Mom, Dad and sister made the move from Atlanta to Houston, too. They live up the street from me, just about five minutes away. My sister is 17, so she started going to a new high school in Houston. She was very excited about it, and didn’t mind the move at all. Having my family nearby is working out great. After practice, when I’m tired, I can just call my mom up and she’ll have a good meal ready for me. Sometimes they come over and cook at my house. I also cook for myself, though. I like making breakfast food – eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, waffles. I wake up before practice, usually around 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m., and make myself breakfast. I’m out the door by 8:30 a.m. Other than breakfast food, I don’t cook much else. When I was in college, I made myself burgers, so I’ll get around to doing that, too.
America’s Character Coach
My Dad, Rolando Lamb, is a motivational speaker, and has always been very involved in my basketball career. He is known as “America’s Character Coach – you can follow him on Twitter @coachlamb3 or go to his Website, www.rolandolamb.com. Even though I’m in the NBA now, he still gives me all kinds of advice, especially telling me to be aggressive. He also says to never get settled and work hard. My Dad is very motivating, and always has a quote that encourages me. He played professional basketball too, so he can really relate. My Mom is very encouraging too, and tells me to work hard. I know she will be at every home game. My Dad might be on the road sometimes, but my Mom, I know she’ll be there.
Our team is great. We all get along, and I really like the coaching staff. We had some tough preseason games, but are working hard to get better. As far as how I’ve played, I feel okay. There are things I can do better, but it’s a learning experience. I am working a lot on my ball handling, making plays for my teammates, and practicing my rebounding.
A lot of fans say they are excited to see Jeremy Lin and I play together. Most of the time we are on different teams during practice, but when we are on the floor together, it’s a lot of fun. Jeremy is a very humble guy, and a great passer and playmaker. Coach McHale is a good coach. He’s always on me because he sees potential. And he really cares about his players. As my first NBA coach, I’m really excited to be coached by him.
I’m excited and ready to get started with the regular season. I’m going to keep working hard and play as much as I can. For me, it’s a new start, and I’m going to be the best I can be.
To hear more about how my rookie season is going, follow me on Twitter @jlamb.
To see a recap from my Draft Experience, check out Draft Dreams on AwesomenessTV.
Jeremy Lamb is a 6-foot-5 guard from the University of Connecticut. He was picked 12th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft.
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