A Hectic Month!
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everyone? I just arrived in New York City, my second time here in a month! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m here for some more announcements and appearances that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll fill you in on later. But in the meantime I just wanted to catch you guys up on whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been going on with me.
If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook then you probably saw that I had a good time on my tour through China with Nike Basketball. This was my second time in China but this year was different because both my dad and James Harden came along for the trip and they helped make it a lot of fun. We ran some camps with Nike, taught skills, met a lot of kids and just let everyone know how much hard work it takes to get to this level. It was all about interacting with the kids and letting them know that if they want to reach the NBA they have to work harder than the next person.
Aside from basketball my favorite part of the trip, hands-down, was our visit to the Great Wall of China. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more than just a wall, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a significant part of history thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been there for thousands of years. Walking the Great Wall and knowing that not everyone gets this opportunity was such an experience. And it was a good, hard workout, too!
I also had a chance to hang out with some pretty chill panda bears. I swear, they were like humans. That was another highlight of mine.
After China I was back on the road to New York City to help Nike and USA Basketball announce the World Basketball Festival that will take place in Manhattan in mid August, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m proud that I was one of the guys who helped them with the announcement.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be a great chance to make sure fans know all about the World Championships. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a main goal, so the World Basketball Festival should be a blast. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to play hoops outside in Times Square and I hope everyone else is, too. I know itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not the Olympics, but hopefully people will get excited for us when we go over to Turkey. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all looking forward to that experience.
Also, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been getting a lot of questions as to why I chose jersey No. 5. Well, I took the KG concept: thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s five guys on the floor so I want that number five to represent every guy on the floor. USA Basketball is a team thing. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not just me. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not just about the point guard or the small forward, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about everybody. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not about what I can do, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about how our team can operate together, so thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why I picked it.
Well, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s it for now. I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about what I’m doing in NYC this time around. And then comeback on Thursday, too, when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give my thoughts on the NBA Finals and the NBA Draft that will be held later that evening.
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