You have to be able to accept failure to get better.
You know God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball.
When you have that respect from your teammates it makes it a lot more comfortable.
To all the positions I just bring the determination to win. Me being an unselfish player I think that can carry on to my teammates. When you have one of the best players on the court being unselfish I think that transfers to the other players.
My father wasn’t around when I was a kid and I used to always say ‘Why me? Why don’t I have a father? Why isn’t he around? Why did he leave my mother?’ But as I got older I looked deeper and thought ‘I don’t know what my father was going through but if he was around all the time would I be who I am today?’
I’m a pretty funny guy and I would love to do a comedy with a bunch of funny guys – movie-star guys where they could help me through it.
I need music. It’s like my heartbeat so to speak. It keeps me going no matter what’s going on – bad games press whatever!
I have short goals – to get better every day to help my teammates every day – but my only ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship. It’s all that matters. I dream about it. I dream about it all the time how it would look how it would feel. It would be so amazing.
Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father a good teammate a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed or are you not?
But sports carried me away from being in a gang or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out.
When did I know I had talent? I think it started when I first started playing sports organized sports.