Since the Tournament ended, things have been going well for me as I get ready for the Draft. I’m trying to stay focused as I chase the dream. Between finishing up with school and working out as much as I can, it’s been a busy time.
As you may already know, my house in Massachusetts burned down at the end of March. Right now, my family is staying at my mom’s uncle’s apartment, which is one town over from where we live. Our house is in the process of being rebuilt, but I’m not sure when it will be complete.
It was tough finding out about the fire during the Tournament. I was really trying to focus on basketball, but at the same time, I had to be there for my family and support them. When it was game time, I was okay, but it was during downtime that was hard for me. I credit my teammates for helping me get through those moments. They did a great job of helping me out, asking me what I needed, and how I was doing.
Our friends and family have been really great helping us too, and the fans have been so supportive by wishing me and my family all the best. We pretty much lost everything, so we’re slowly getting clothes and other things, and getting back on our feet. I’m trying to get as much stuff back as I can. My mom has been reaching out to people she knows to see if she can find things like my trophies and jerseys from the Jordan Classic and my McDonalds All-American game. Through it all though, I’m staying positive!
No pain, no gain
Right now I’m living in Long Island, New York in an apartment with my best friend from growing up and my stepdad. It’s going great! We’re in a nice spot. I’ve been working out here for about a week. My day starts around 10 a.m. with a lot of court work, especially dribbling. After I eat something I usually lift and then I eat again. In the afternoon, around 2 p.m., I work out again, mostly shooting drills. I’m working hard to get in really good shape and trying to be the best player and person I can be. Things are going really well, and I’m feeling confident going into Pre-Draft Camp next week. I know I’ve put in the work, and I am excited about it.
After working out almost four and a half hours a day, I’m usually pretty tired. My normal routine usually includes me just going home after workouts, chilling out and eating dinner. I’m following a regimented schedule when it come to eating as well, so I try to eat certain foods at certain times. For example, I get in some fruit in the morning, eat a lot of protein throughout the day and drink a ton of water.
I have been watching this year’s NBA playoff games but I usually end up falling asleep while I’m watching because I’m so tired by that time. Growing up, the Celtics were my team. Even though they are out of the playoffs, I think they will be back next season even stronger with Rondo returning. I wasn’t too disappointed about their loss in the first round because they lost to a good Knicks team.
I like the OKC-Memphis series and I also like the San Antonio-Golden State series – both series feature one young team and one with a bunch of veterans. Game 1 was unbelievable! OKC and San Antonio will win those matchups.
The Miami Heat will come back strong and win that series. LeBron is the best player in the league, and they’re too good to beat. The Indiana-New York series is a confusing one. I like the Knicks, but I think Indiana will beat them. Actually, I’m not sure. I think it can go either way. It’s going to be a good, tough series regardless of who wins.
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