NBA Rooks: Diaries … Tyshawn Taylor

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.

Storm Update

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.

 Holiday Greetings

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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  1. patrick says:

    Lol is this guy dumb? “but there’s really no explanation for anything like this. ” Yes there is. Medications (ie. psychotropic drugs). Child abuse. Mental illness. Etc. Jeez, there’s a lot of explanations.

  2. lucas says:

    keep working man, you got mad talent. loved watching you at Kentucky. breaking cats down on the drive.

    hopefully you start getting some more time soon.

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  4. jim says:

    Great guy Tyshawn is. Hope everything works out for him in the league.

  5. Big Jay says:

    We believe in you Tyshawn. Don’t get down on yourself, man. You have the talent and most importantly the heart to make it all happen. Play for your love of the game and not for fame. Enjoy life and use the opportunity that you have been blessed with to spread the word of love and respect for all of humanity. And never let go of the ones you love.

  6. NoCharlyGaul says:

    Merry Christmas to you & your family too, Tyshawn. So glad you had a big game for Springfield last night — we Jayhawks know you have it in you. You are an achiever despite hardship — whenever I get down I think of you and what you’ve done with your life. Thanks for the inspiration

  7. rick says:

    every movie has the same bloody advert , can ram it

  8. Charles Goetze says:

    Myself and Jayhawk nation believes in you! I’ve been following recent KU NBA draftees – you, T Rob, the Twins, Cole, (not so much J Selby… LOL) on NBA TV. I can watch SAC, NETS, Celtics (my favorite team), the Lakers, and the Bulls all play. It costs me like $29 a month, but I got it largely so I could watch T Rob and you play. I know it’s hard not having much playing time, but work hard and stay ready it’ll come! I really enjoyed coming across and reading this blog from you. I’m not much of a Twitter person, but maybe I’ll try it more to hear what you say on there. You have such great heart! My daughter and I watch all the KU games for several years now and loved watching you play! Best of everything to you Tyshawn!