By John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks
Nov. 1, 2012 — These past few months have been a complete whirlwind for me. Adjusting to independence (i.e. cooking, cleaning, banking, etc.) in a brand new city has taken some getting used to, but I’m getting there. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Milwaukee after spending most of my life in the South. But I can honestly say that I love it here. The city, the Bucks fans and the lifestyle are awesome.
Thankfully, living away from home during my three years in Chapel Hill, combined with my parents’ guidance, helped prepare me for my professional career off the court. But the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program (RTP) over the summer was four days of learning life skills that have already helped me tackle the business of professional basketball.
Imagine waking up tomorrow and going to work in your dream job. Whether it is a doctor, a pilot, a teacher, an actor, business owner or an athlete. There is no feeling in the world like it and I’m so fortunate to be where I am today. This is the exact thought that went through my head when I sat down for the RTP — I was soaking everything in. Being among my friends, former teammates and other guys I’ll be seeing on an NBA court this year. It was surreal. I wanted to know everything about what it takes to be successful in my new career and the RTP filled every gap of every question that I had. (more…)