Getting Ready For Some International Hoops
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everyone? I’m in Madrid, where me and the rest of the U.S. team will have two exhibition games to prep for the FIBA World Championship tournament later this month. We left for Spain from Newark yesterday afternoon, so weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been nonstop busy for the last week.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really looking forward to this whole experience. It should be a lot of fun. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never been to Europe, never been to Spain, never been to Turkey or Greece. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to that and just being able to interact and be around some of the best players in the league. Guys like Rudy Gay, Iguodala, Rajon, Lamar…just to be with those guys and learn, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be pretty cool and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to help me.
This past weekend I got a chance to take part in the World Basketball Festival. I made a trip to Harlem over the weekend and made my first visit to Rucker Park, which was amazing. It was something IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been looking forward to seeing for a while. Y’all know how much I love street ball, so I definitely had fun while I was up there. There was some great talent up there. The MC on the microphone was pretty good, too. The crowd gets into the game and that gets me hyped as well. Hopefully I will get to play there soon. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll definitely try to get up there next summer and play.
After watching games at The Rucker, I went to the House of Hoops in Harlem, which is right across the street from the Apollo Theater. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been to that House of Hoops a few times though, so I knew the area a little bit. People show me a lot of love in there. We had a nice turnout at the store, something like a hundred or so fans packed in a small place. It just shows that if I continue to work and continue to grow as a player people will start to recognize who we are. I think that playoff series against the Lakers helped as well just because people got to see us more on TV. It was pretty cool. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m blessed to be a part of something like this and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll continue to be grateful.
Well, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure how much IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be blogging while overseas, so if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hear much from me just follow the U.S. team throughout the tournament. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re gonna do our best to represent!
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