By Tyshawn Taylor, Brooklyn Nets
Sending Prayers To Newtown
I want to start this blog by talking about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. I’ve been paying close attention to the news, trying to find out all of the information and why something so sick happened. I’ve been asking the questions of ‘why,’ but there’s really no explanation for anything like this. With Connecticut kind of close to us here in New Jersey, it makes it more real. I have a son who will start school soon, a little sister and cousins that are in elementary school … which makes it hit close to home, and it’s scary – really scary – that something like this can happen to innocent people.
On Saturday night in Chicago, before they announced the starting lineups, we had a moment of silence for all of the victims. My prayers go out to those families, and to the whole area.
Putting In The Work
I’m feeling OK; my body is still adjusting to all of the travel. It’s a long season, and we’ve been on the road a lot. But I am getting better and trying to improve every day. Mentally, it’s tough because I’m still not playing as much as I’d like. I want to play, I want to be out there, of course. But I’m trying to be a professional about it and understand that it’s about timing, and that I need to be ready for when my name gets called. So I’m in the gym, putting in the extra work, staying ready. The hardest part is not getting down on yourself.
I’m really focusing on my jump shot, being more of a consistent shooter, and making the open shot. I need to be able to knock my shots down consistently. My assistant coach Doug Overton has been great working with me before games, before practice, after practice. We work on my pick and roll and outside shooting a lot.
We play the Utah Jazz at home Tuesday night. Utah is a good team; they play hard and are well coached. We had a couple back-to-back games over the weekend, and had Sunday to rest our bodies. We were back on the gym on Monday, and ready for our game on Tuesday.
A Family Christmas
I am looking forward to Christmas Day; we are playing the Boston Celtics at home in an ESPN-televised game. It will be a big game for us. The Celtics are going to come out hard looking to get a win. We have to be ready. It will be cool, and being at home, we’ll have a lot of fan support.
As far as my holiday plans, I’ll spend the day before and the morning of preparing for the game. Then I’ll have dinner that night with my family in Hoboken and hang out with them the rest of the night. On Christmas Day, we usually have a big family party at the community center with all the extended family. This year, we are going to have it at my aunt’s house, so it will be a smaller group. I really hope my Mom, who lives in Florida, can come up for Christmas. We’re working on getting her here … that would make it more special for me.
Last time I blogged, the hurricane had just hit. We didn’t have power and had a lot of flooding problems. Now, everything is back to normal. My family moved back into their place, my place is OK, we all have power, not too much damage. It was bad at the time here, but we are OKnow.
I would like to wish everybody a merry, merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Whatever you may celebrate – Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah – enjoy it. Be safe, and enjoy time spent with family and friends.
Tyshawn Taylor, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Kansas, was the 41st player taken in the 2012 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers and traded to the Nets on Draft night. You can follow him on Twitter @tyshawntaylor.
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