By Reggie Bullock, for NBA.com
The Chicago Report
I’m back in Long Island, NY, where I’m training for the Draft, after spending almost five days in Chicago for the NBA Pre-Draft Camp. I’m writing this blog in between workouts, so I’ll tell you about as much as I can before I get back on the court.
I had never been to Chicago before last week. It is a great city, and I look forward to getting back there soon to see more of it. I did have a chance to grab some meals and check out some of the shops on Michigan Avenue, but when we had extra time, I was mostly in my room relaxing. Those were tiring days! Luckily, I was able to watch the NBA playoffs at night.
Speaking of the NBA playoffs, my prediction is that the Spurs win the series against Memphis in seven games. In the East, I like watching Paul George match up against LeBron. I know some people may not agree with me on this, but I think the Pacers are going to beat Miami.
Back to Chicago. On the first day of Camp, everybody was pretty nervous, but then we settled into our games and started feeling more comfortable. The same went for me — once we were on the court doing drills, I started to calm down.
I am happy to report that I felt pretty good about my performance at Camp. I was told I had one of the better shooting percentages of the group, which is my strongest skill. I was also happy that I measured well (I’m 6’7” by the way!) and excelled in the athletic testing, which includes bench press, agility test, vertical leap and sprints. Another part of the process was interviewing with NBA general managers and some of their staff. I had never done an interview like that before, but since I had three years of experience doing media interviews back at University of North Carolina, I felt pretty confident about it. My agent also helped prepare me for it. I was nervous for the first interview, but then I started feeling really energized and comfortable. Overall, it went really well!
It was a blessing just to have been in the position to compete against the top players in the country and meet a lot of different NBA team executives. I went into it feeling very prepared, with a positive and focused attitude. I try not to listen to what people say about which round I’ll be drafted or where I’m ranked. I’m just playing my game, and I hope that a team picking in the first round will think I’m a great fit for their franchise.
The Stack Connection
NBA player Jerry Stackhouse has been in my life since I was in 6th grade, and he has been like a big brother or father figure ever since. He and I grew up in the same town in North Carolina (Kinston), and went to the same high school (Kinston High School) and college (UNC). We even signed with the same agency. Stack has obviously been ahead of me with all of these things. As a younger player from his hometown, he really took me under his wing.
We talk almost every day, and I can call him anytime I need advice or want to talk about something. With the Draft coming up, he has been helping me out a lot. Aside from telling me he believes in me, Stack encourages me and continues to emphasize the importance of showing great character, keeping good company, staying focused, performing at a high level and just playing my game.
I really admire and respect Stack for the player and person that he is. Not only can he play well at multiple positions, but he always carries himself with professionalism off the court. I’m so grateful for my relationship with him!
I’m working hard so that I’m conditioned and prepared for my team workouts. I am feeling confident!
Okay, time to get back to my workout. Thanks for reading and I’ll check back as we get closer to the Draft!