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We’ve been on the road a lot, so when I have free time, I like to just relax, stay home, talk to my family on the phone and watch TV. I love those TNT and TBS shows…like Dark Blue and CSI. I also like to play ping-pong, my second favorite thing after basketball.
Coach and I talked about how he was also a second-round draft pick – I didn’t even know that until he told me. He said as long as I keep doing what I’m doing – practicing, working out, training hard and focusing – I would do well. It was motivating to hear that because he was a great player during his playing career, and he’s a great coach now. And I want to be a great player in this league and a coach one day.
Playing alongside some of the best players in the league is a great experience for me. I’m learning at a young age how to be a professional, the importance of having a good work ethic and how to handle myself, on and off the court. I learn from everybody on the team, and players pull me aside to coach me through things or teach me how to improve. One day it will be Paul Pierce helping me out, one day Rasheed, one day Ray Allen, KG, Kenny Perkins, Rondo or Marquis.
The coaching staff is really great! They know what they are doing on offense and defense. If we stick to their game plan, we are going to have a great season.
This is the first time I’ve been so far from my family. It’s very hard because talking on the phone is not the same. But, I try not to think about it too much. They know I’m doing something I love to do, and I’m fortunate to be in a great situation right now.
My grandma used to cook all the time, so I miss her meals…miss being with my parents, sister, brother, nieces and nephews, playing with my dog. Even though I miss them, I think I’ve handled the adjustment well.
Right after the NBA Draft, I went up to Boston. I was working out, just trying to get into the best shape I could in the off-season…so I could be the best player I could be when the season came. It seems like it paid off, I’m in pretty good shape now.
When the season started, my mindset was mixed. I was nervous, but also very excited because it was my dream to make it to the NBA…I always wanted to play in this league! I was nervous because I’m on a great team, and I didn’t know how I’d play and adjust to new teammates.
But, it’s going really well, and everybody gets along. The coaching staff and players are great. They get on me if I make a mistake so I can adjust it…they are trying to make me a better player.
I know I can be a good player in this league – I just have to keep learning and stay focused…and go out and play hard every night.
By Talia Bargil
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