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NBA Rooks: Diaries … Khris Middleton




By Khris Middleton, Detroit Pistons

That’s A Wrap
The season is over for the Detroit Pistons, and I’m happy to say that I have completed my first NBA season. I’m definitely looking forward to many more. Since our team is not in the playoffs, I am going to take this down time to look ahead to next year and how our team can get better and become a winning team.

I’m glad that I was able to finish the season on a strong note, and hopefully that will run into next year as well. In the beginning, I wasn’t playing, but I told myself to stay focused and keep working hard. My confidence has always been high, but when I got the chance to play and I was proud of the level it was at I became even more confident in myself. It is important to not let anything or anybody break your confidence, and I try and live by that motto.
Looking back on my rookie season, there was a lot of learning to be had on my end. You absorb the most in your rookie year, and I tried to take it all in. Now, I plan to take everything I learned from this year and enhance those lessons this summer to come back even stronger for my second year.

Offseason Game Plan
I’ll probably watch some of the NBA playoff games, but I won’t be glued to the TV like I have in past years. I just want to take some time to relax and get my mind off of basketball for a little bit.

This weekend, I’m going to visit my old roommate from Texas A&M who now plays basketball at University of Colorado in Boulder. We don’t have any set plans yet, I am just looking forward to hanging out and having a fun time with friends. From there, I’m going back to my old school, Texas A&M, to see more friends, coaches and teammates. A lot of the guys I played with still go there, and they are great friends who are more like family.

After I take a couple of weeks off, I’m going to get back into working out and training. I’ll be spending most of the summer in Detroit working with our strength coach, trying to get stronger.

I will also be going home to Charleston, South Carolina as much as I can to visit my family and friends. Some of my friends are in other places during the year, but they all come home for the summer, so hopefully we’ll all be able to meet up. I really miss my Mom’s home cooked meals. She actually came to visit me in Detroit last week and she cooked me all kinds of things, including cinnamon rolls made from scratch! Thankfully she made a lot of food, so I had plenty of leftovers! She is a great cook, and makes all different kinds of fish, chicken and pastas. My home cooked meals are definitely the main thing I miss from home other than my family itself of course.

In June, I’m going to have a three-day basketball camp for the local kids in Charleston. I always went to basketball camps as a kid, and I know how much they helped me, so now I want to help the kids from my hometown. I’ll always remember going to camps, making friends there and learning the fundamentals of the game, which I use to this day.

Suit and Tiephoto
I recently had the cool experience of getting my first custom suit. I got fitted at Alton Lane when we were in town playing the Knicks, and then I received my suits when we were back in the area to play Brooklyn. I got two new suits; they fit real nicely and make me look sharp! It was my first experience with being able to hand pick everything from the fabric of the suit, the lining inside the jacket and the small customizations like having my initials on the shirt cuff and inside the my jacket. I ended up getting a charcoal suit with a blue shirt that has pink trim. I also went with a straight formal black suit. I didn’t have a plain black suit before, and I felt like I needed one for formal occasions. I’m not normally a fashion guy, but I like my new suits and they fit great!

That’s about all from me. I want to thank the fans for all of their support throughout the season! I really appreciated it and am already excited for next year. Have a great summer, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Khris22m and instagram at k_mid32

Khris Middleton is a 6-foot-7 forward from Texas A&M. He was selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick of the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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NBA Rooks: Diaries … Khris Middleton




By Khris Middleton, Detroit Pistons

The London Lowdown

Our team just got back from London where we played the Knicks last week. It was a great experience! I had never been to London before, so it was nice to see the city, experience the culture and do some sightseeing. It was also a good bonding experience with my teammates. We all went out together and really enjoyed each other’s company.

We left for London Monday night. We didn’t take our usual team plane; we flew out of the main Detroit airport, Detroit Metro, on a chartered plane with more than 150 people. Since it was considered a Pistons home game, we brought a bunch of staff – cheerleaders, stats people and other team employees – over to London with us. Some family members came, so I brought my sister with me.

I was exhausted when we took off, and I slept the whole way pretty much, until we landed at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday morning. Everyone was excited once we got there. When we got off the plane, there were some news cameras around. And as our team walked to get our bags, people were staring at us – a bunch of really tall guys – like we were a freak show! It was pretty funny.

We got our bags, got on the bus and headed to the hotel. We stayed at a Four Seasons, which reminded me of the hotels we stay in here. As soon as we arrived, we ate some lunch at the hotel, which did a good job of Americanizing the food. (I’m a picky eater, so I stayed away from the food I didn’t know.) I walked around a little outside and then our team had a meeting with NBA security. It was basically a meeting to give us warnings about pickpockets and to be careful where we went at night … stuff like that for our own safety reasons.

Then we took a bus to the University of East London for practice. Because they drive on the other side of the road and their signs look different, it was a little weird at first. We practiced for about an hour, a regular shooting practice. We didn’t do too much since we had just come off of a six-hour flight. It was only 4 or 5 p.m. when we got back to the hotel, so we had a good bit of time to do what we wanted. Most of us showered, ate and went straight out again.

My sister and I walked around, ate dinner, enjoyed the night. We had dinner with some teammates at a place called Gaucho, which is supposed to be one of the best steakhouses over there. I’m not a big steak guy, but I thought it was pretty good. Everybody else loved it, so I guess it was very good! We all went out to various spots after dinner and met up at some point, which was a lot of fun.

On Wednesday, we had a 10 a.m. practice at the O2 Arena, where we were playing the next day, and the same place where the Olympic basketball teams competed last summer. We did some shooting, scrimmaging, reviewed scouting reports. Then all of us had a 30-minute interview session with the London media. Our Detroit media guys were there also. After that, me and some teammates — Andre Drummond, Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Austin Daye — participated in an NBA Cares event with kids. There were four different stations of basketball drills set up on the court for the kids to go through. I was at the fitness station with Andre and James White from the Knicks. It was good to see the smiles on the kids’ faces; you could tell they were enjoying themselves and happy to be there. Then we went back to the hotel, and since we were all exhausted, most of us crashed and spent the rest of the day sleeping.

Then it was game day on Thursday. I got up, went to shootaround, and had some time that afternoon (before the game) to do some sightseeing. My sister and I went to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Bridge, a popular London shopping center called Harrods. I didn’t buy anything there. My favorite place was Buckingham Palace; knowing the history behind it, that was pretty cool.

The game was exciting – a sold out event! The fans were excited, and it was a great atmosphere in there! They were a little different than American NBA fans because during the game, for the most part, they were kind of quiet. When anybody scored, they got loud and crazy. It was a lot of fun, but I wish we could have gotten the win, wish we could have pulled it out. We had a slow start and when we tried to get back into it, we were a little bit too late. After the game, we had a reception with the Pistons and Knicks players and coaches, some NBA staff and fans that had special passes to get in. Then it was time to go back to the hotel, pack up and enjoy our last night in London. It was cool because players form both teams saw each other out at night.

Overall, the experience was really great and all positive — except for the loss of course! To play an NBA game in a different country and see the game of basketball growing like that, it was awesome! You can tell the fans over there love the NBA game. We got back to Detroit around 1 p.m. on Friday and I’m feeling good!

Hope you enjoyed my play-by-play of our trip to London! Have a great week! Oh, and don’t forget to check me out on Twitter @Khris22m.

Khris Middleton is a 6-foot-7 forward from Texas A&M. He was selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick of the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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NBA Rooks: Diaries … Khris Middleton




By Khris Middleton, Detoit Pistons

All Settled In Motor City

Oct. 29, 2012 – There has been a crazy vibe around Detroit. With the Tigers having been in the World Series, the Lions in the middle of the NFL season and our Pistons team getting ready to start the regular season, everybody is talking about sports!

Detroit is a fun place to be. I’m living in a nice, quiet spot, about 10 minutes away from the arena (with traffic). I’ve gotten to know the Auburn Hills area where I live, but once I’m about 10 miles from home, I start using my navigation system.

Moving to Detroit has been a smooth transition, especially once I found my place. My family came out here for about a week to help me move. Then they came back about two weeks later to help me finish setting up my place and get wherever else I needed, like furniture and kitchen things. I told them to get whatever they wanted, but make it nice for me!

Preseason Recap

I feel like I played okay during the preseason. I got better each time I stepped on the court, which is what I wanted to do. And I think I proved that I do belong in this league. I just want to get better every day.

I know I can contribute to my team. My scoring ability and having a feel for the game at my size and position … that separates me. I’m working hard on a little bit of everything; and I’m focusing on strength and consistency, two keys to helping me get better.

Coach Frank is a great teacher of the game. He breaks down a lot of details, which, as a rookie, is great for me. He’s very friendly, but at the same time, he’s honest with everybody. If you make a mistake during a game or practice, he’ll call you out.

Vets & Rooks

We are a young team with only a couple guys over 30, and our veterans have been great. Guys like Corey Maggette and Tayshaun Prince – they are always in my ear, giving me tips, telling me what I did wrong. They are always there helping me out. We are very team-oriented, and the veterans are always inviting the rookies to eat with them on the road. It’s a nice family atmosphere around here.

I am one of five rookies. It’s been very competitive, but helpful at the same time. We all push each other and are fighting for position and minutes. We are all going through the same things, so we talk a lot about it.

One thing we talk about is how much respect we have for what our older teammates do every year. After seeing how hard they work, how they are always in the gym and performing at the highest level, you have to have respect for that.

The athleticism in this league is on a whole different level than it was in college. These really are the best players in the world. Guys know what they do best, and they play their game.

Pranksters

The veterans are really trying to pull pranks on us rookies. One day I parked in my teammate Jason Maxiell’s spot. The vets were looking for my keys, but luckily I had them with me. Jason decided to park his truck in front of mine and Andre Drummond’s car (which was next to mine), so we couldn’t leave until he was ready! I just took my time since I knew it was coming.

We haven’t pulled any pranks on the veterans yet, but we’ll think of something!

Cousin Assist

My cousin Josh Powell, who has played a bunch of years in the NBA, has been helping me out, too. He’s been telling me to stay patient, keep believing and never stop working. He’s also told me many times not to be afraid to say ‘no’ to people, and that I have to be smart about what I do off the court because it can affect me on the court. I’m trying to live what he has preached.

It’s Game Time!

Our first home game is Wednesday. I’m excited. I’ve been dreaming about this my entire life, and now it’s here! It’s going to be a great experience, and the home crowd makes it that much more fun! I will probably be nervous, but when I get in the game for the first time, and run up and down the court a few times, I’ll be fine. I’m excited and ready for it!

I hope I’ll have a chance to blog again soon, but in the meantime, follow me on Twitter @Khris22m.

Khris Middelton is a 6-foot-7 forward from Texas A&M. He was selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick of the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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