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Eric Bledsoe crosses defender right off the floor

VIDEO: Eric Bledsoe crosses up Jared Cunningham

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Now that the NBA is back, that means fun stuff like crossovers are back as well. Earlier in the week we saw Kobe catch a crossover, but that has nothing on what happened last night to Clippers point guard Jared Cunningham. Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe hit Cunningham with a crossover, and while Cunningham stuck with him through the cross, Bledsoe then slammed on the brakes, and not only lost Cunningham, he sent him right on out of bounds. Later!

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Jared Cunningham

By Jared Cunningham, Dallas Mavericks

Getting Healthy & Staying Positive

Jared Cunningham (by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jared Cunningham (by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

I started the second half of the NBA season feeling refreshed. During All-Star break, I went to Los Angeles to hang out with one of my friends. It gave me a chance to relax, enjoy the sun and take my mind off of basketball for a couple days.

Right now, I’m with the Texas Legends of the D-League. Unfortunately, I’ve been out for about three or four weeks now because of tendinitis in my right knee. I’ve been taking time off to really heal, which includes spending time getting treatments at the Mavericks doctors’ offices. I’ve been going into the hyperbaric chamber a lot, which helps get oxygen into your blood flow. I’ve also been getting shock wave treatments to stimulate blood flow in my knee. I have been icing my knee a lot and doing exercises to strengthen my quads. The good news is that I just started getting back on the floor and getting up some shots.

My goal right now is to be ready to play in time for summer league. I’ve been talking to Coach Carlisle, Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson and some of the trainers, and they all have been very supportive. They keep telling me that they want me to get healthy and be able to play without pain. My main focus is to get healthy and then I’ll be back to my old self and be able to do what I know I can do on the court. I’m a young player with a lot of potential, but in order to maximize my potential, I have to get healthy and get stronger.

My Mavericks teammates also have been very supportive. They are always happy when I come back around; they just want me to get better. A lot of the veterans, like Vince Carter and Shawn Marion, are telling me to take it easy. It’s great to hear encouraging words from guys like that who have been around the game for so many years and know what it’s like to get injured. It gives me the confidence to come back even stronger.

Mentally, I’m holding up. It’s been great getting so much support from my coaches and teammates, and I also get a lot of advice from my parents and sister. I talk to my parents every day, and my sister stays with me in Dallas during the season. They tell me to hang in there, stay positive and that my time will come. While it’s unfortunate that this injury happened, I know that there are great things to come.

Being on my own, I’ve been learning how to cook more. I have been making myself pancakes and eggs in the morning. I actually like to go to the store and stock up on groceries. I make breakfast and then my sister makes most of the dinners. Some of her specialties include dishes like jambalaya, spaghetti, mac and cheese, candied yams, baked chicken and fish. I’ll miss that cooking when she goes back to Oakland!

College Hoops

Even though I’ve been doing a lot of resting, I am staying around basketball as much as I can. That includes watching a bunch of college basketball games on TV. I’ve been following my Oregon State Beavers as much as possible, but I think their season is pretty much over. They had a lot of unfortunate injuries, so they weren’t at full strength. I talked to some of the players, and they are pretty down about the season they had, especially because there were such high expectations for them. Even though it didn’t go as planned, they are a great group of guys who will come back stronger next year.

I’ve seen Syracuse, Louisville, and some of the Pac-12 teams like UCLA and Arizona play the last couple weeks. One player I really like is Michael Carter-Williams from Syracuse. He’s a tall, athletic guard and I really like to watch him play. Michael wears #1 on his jersey, which was my number in college. He kind of reminds me of myself out there. If I’m going to predict who wins it all, I think Baylor has a chance. Either way, it’s going to be a fun March Madness to watch this year!

Have a great week, everybody! Keep up with me on Twitter and instagram @J1Flight.

Jared Cunningham, a 6-foot-4 guard from Oregon State, was the 24th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs later traded him to the Dallas Mavericks.

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Jared Cunningham

By Jared Cunningham, Dallas Mavericks
January 8, 2013
New Year, New Opportunities

This year has gotten off to a great start! I was playing in the D-League with the Texas Legends for a couple weeks last month, and I found out at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 that the Dallas Mavericks had just recalled me. The Legends GM called me to say it was time to go back to the Mavs, and that I needed to be at the gym for practice that morning. That was a great phone call!

When I got to the gym, a lot of people had smiles on their faces. Dahntay Jones even said, “I missed you, rook!” It was a happy moment. I went with the team that afternoon to play Washington. A few of us went out to dinner for New Year’s Eve, and then we got a great win against the Wizards the next day. For us to get that win, it was a great start for our team’s new year.

Things are great. I came back to the team feeling more comfortable handling the ball and making my teammates better. I think the coaches have seen that in me. Getting recalled right before the first of the month, when the New Year hit, really gave me a fresh start to get focused and ready to play with the Mavs. I’m working on my all-around game, learning every day, developing into a better player and taking advice from our team’s veterans.

Vince Carter talks to me a lot and points out things to help me get better. He’s been in this league a long time, and he tells me to fight through adversity. My assistant coach Darrell Armstrong has helped me out a lot, too. It’s been great having two other rookies, Jae Crowder and Bernard James, as teammates, too. We are all in different situations — some playing, some not — but at the end of the day, we are all working hard together.

I don’t really have a New Year’s resolution, but I told myself that I’d come back to the Mavs with a lot of energy and help my team win. I’m really glad to be back with the team.

D-League Experience

I’ll tell you a little bit about my D-League experience, which was really great for me. On Dec. 11, I was ready to leave for a Mavs road trip – bags packed and everything – and when I got to practice, my agent called. He told me I’d be going to the Texas Legends, which is in Frisco, about 30 minutes from Dallas. At first, I was really in disbelief. My agent told me it would be an opportunity for me to get back in shape and play basketball. I knew it would be a new challenge to play with guys I didn’t know in a different environment.

I ended up playing over 30 minutes a game (for seven games), and got to run the point guard position that I should be playing in the future. I had some good teammates looking out for me and trying to help me succeed. It was a lot of pressure, but I had to stay confident and in the right frame of mind. I kept telling myself that I needed to take advantage of the opportunity, go hard and go back to what I know I can do. I talked to my family a lot during that time, and also to my agent. He kept telling me that my time would come and to take advantage of the opportunity to get in shape and get up and down the floor.

During one of the Legends home games, Coach Carlisle came out to Frisco on a Mavs day off to watch me play. That meant a lot to me because I knew they cared about wanting me to grow and develop as a player. Seeing Coach there made me play even harder and focus even more.

The D-League was a good experience for me, but it was definitely different than the NBA. The first couple days I drove about 30 minutes back and forth from Dallas to Frisco. Then I decided to stay in a hotel with some other players from the Legends team so I didn’t have to drive that much. In the NBA, you fly on a charter plane. In the D-League, you fly commercial and take a lot of buses.

It was a very humbling experience and made me realize how fortunate I am to be in the NBA.

Christmas Break

It was a great thing when the Legends coach said we had time off for a few days during Christmas. I caught the first plane to home to Oakland to spend Christmas with my family. We opened a couple presents on Christmas Eve; they were very happy to have me there. And it was very beneficial for me to have fun with my family for a couple days.

I hope you are having a great start to the year! Find out how things are going for me on Twitter @J1Flight and on Instagram at J1Flight.

Jared Cunningham, a 6-foot-4 guard from Oregon State, was the 24th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs later traded him to the Dallas Mavericks.

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Jared Cunningham

By Jared Cunningham, Dallas Mavericks

Warm Welcome

I have had a lot of excitement starting back on Draft night in June. Right away, the Mavericks organization and the fans gave me a very warm welcome. I had a chance to meet some of my teammates early on and get a feel for the city, which has very nice weather.

I found a place next to the arena, so I don’t have to do much commuting. I moved my sister Jade out to Dallas with me for a couple months to help me get settled. We had to do a lot of shopping — buying furniture, cooking utensils, glasses, those kinds of things. I’m a styrofoam plate and cup kind of guy, but I guess it was time to buy glass.

I’ve been learning my way around the Dallas area, and sometimes when people recognize me, they tell me how excited they are to see our team play. It’s important to me to have that community bond, so I look forward to interacting with the fans more.

Rookie Transition Program With The Assist

There are a lot of new things to learn and prepare for as an NBA rookie. I am glad we had the Rookie Transition Program this past summer, which helped the rookies a lot. I learned a lot during those few days, and took a lot of information away with me. We had a lot of great speakers, and one thing they talked about was remembering that we represent our team; it’s not college or high school anymore. It’s a business and your livelihood, so you have to take it seriously.

They also talked about being smart with our money. Once you start getting paychecks, they encourage us to save. When you make it to the NBA, it’s easy to want to buy all kinds of stuff. But, in the end it’s about saving and learning how to say no.

World Traveler

We just got back last week from our NBA Europe Live Tour. The entire experience was awesome! I got to see another side of the world! It was my first time flying on the team plane and making the trip with my teammates. Unfortunately, we went 1-1 overseas, but I think we all worked hard.

First, we went to Germany. Right when we got to the airport, people recognized us as the Mavericks. When we got to the hotel, everybody was waiting outside to see Dirk Nowitzki. For a rookie, it was nice to see all the love that NBA players get when they go to their hometown like I saw with Dirk in Germany. I remember what it was like being a fan and wanting to take a picture with a player, so it was it was pleasant to see how he reacted to the fans – so humble and willing to sign autographs and take pictures. A couple fans wanted to take a picture of me, which made me feel good. And after going overseas, I have a lot more followers on Twitter now!

In Barcelona, we went to a Real Madrid vs. Barcelona soccer game. It was one of the best events I’ve ever been to — about 100,000 fans and it was crazy…a real, live, good game.

I scored seven points in our second game, but unfortunately we lost that one. Darren Collison had said to me, ‘Be ready when you hear your name called.’ I took that advice. Once I got on the floor, all the nerves went away. I just hooped and played like I know how to do.

Back On U.S. Soil

After playing in Europe, we learned that we have a lot to work on as a team. I feel that everybody put out a great effort, and it showed on the game tape. We got back to Dallas on Wednesday, and have had a few hard and competitive practices since then.

As a team, we are going to be one of the best defensive teams in the league if we execute and communicate. And that will translate on offense. It’s been great joining with the other rookies and being around the vets. Once we get more and more comfortable with each other, I feel like we could do anything out there on the court.

Individually, I am working on gaining the trust of my teammates. As a rookie, I have to prove myself. I am learning from the coaches and veteran players everyday, and am ready to do whatever it takes to help our team win.

We have preseason home games tonight and Wednesday. My body feels good, and my head is ready for the game. Just to get on the floor in front of the home crowd…that’s exciting.

Cast Your Vote!

I’m paying a lot of attention to the upcoming election. I take a special interest in it because I played Oregon State basketball for Coach Robinson, who is Michelle Obama’s brother. I went to the White House with our team three times while I was in college, and had the chance to hang out with the First Lady and the President in his office and out at some of our community events. They also came to watch our games when we played in the Washington, DC area. I will be voting!

Twitter: @J1flight

Jared Cunningham is a 6-foot-4 guard out of Oregon State. He was the 24th player taken in the 2012 NBA Draft, selected by the Cavaliers and traded to the Mavericks.

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