Off Day Fun
A role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. A role model is regarded by others as a good example to follow. So they watch your every move and go home and practice it. They listen to every interview to pick up on who you are. They chant your name in the stadium while watching fans do the same on TV. They wonder what it is like to be in your shoes. In their eyes, you are a role model. So no matter what you do, people everywhere are paying attention.
I had several role models while growing up in Edmond, Oklahoma and they meant the world to me. One being Hakeem Olajuwon. I can vividly remember watching his games and then going to the courts to try and pull off the same moves. He gave me hope that playing in the NBA was possible for me.
Another role model would be one of my high school English teachers. Her name is Jody Terry. Even though I was not interested in the old tragedy plays, she would re-enact scenes while reading to us. She went the extra mile, doing whatever it took to get us interested in the subject. That made me appreciate her even more.
Since I am now a professional, I tend to think that I am a role model. Being a role model should never be taken lightly. Not only do you have to perform to your best ability but you have to carry yourself as such too. I love this responsibility and I know that I can change lives with maybe a smile. That is why I smile soo much. I love being able to reach out to kids/adults and give my time. Whether it is answering questions or actually playing with kids, I enjoy it all and look forward to doing more now than ever before!!!
It is hard making new friends as you move on in life. Especially, when you reach the apex of any job field. I struggled with that when I made it to the NBA and I continue to struggle with that now. Maybe struggle is too strong a word, because I do have friends. As I made the move to the NBA, I was taught not to trust too many people. I would hear about stories about people getting taken advantage of. Those stories have kept me on edge when dealing with new people in my life.
I’ve been blessed with a circle of friends that I can call on at anytime. Many of those people knew me before basketball became my job. So today, I was able to visit one of those friends and it has put me in a great vibe. Jevohn Shepherd is in town for a basketball game against Besiktas tonight. He plays for Proximus Spirou Charleroi; which is a team from Belgium and they participate in the Champions League.
When he told me about their game a month ago, I made it a priority to catch up with him. Our lives are hectic and I have not been able to see him in years. We attended the University of Michigan (2006-2008) and played on the team. We were able to catch up on basketball and most importantly, LIFE!!! Blessing to be able to see good people and talk any way you want to. He is definitely a real friend and I am grateful for him.
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.”
Last week, we played against Real Madrid and it was one of the best games that I have played in. The atmosphere was outta this world. Game was pretty even matched the whole game until the end. Tough ending but still a great game. I would not have minded going to overtime. I think that would have been the perfect ending for that game. Looking forward to playing Real Madrid in Madrid!!!
Someway, some how, we find a way to win. Offense hasn't been pretty but we grind it out. Defensively, I think we have had the best defensive team for the past year or so. Once we get clicking on offense, it is going to be scary. Season is still in the early stages but we still have lots of work to do. Stay patient Feners. Our time is coming!!!