WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on everyone? I hope you all had a very happy holidays. I know itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a minute since I last hit you all up on my blog, but ever since I returned from the World Championship in Turkey IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been in the zone. But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m back for now, and since this is the holiday season IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna dedicate todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog post to Christmas.
By far the best Christmas gift I got this year was a necklace from my mother. Not a choke chain, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a small little chain that I can wear every day, all day. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not one of those big diamond chains, but a nice, silver, stainless steel one. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a nice little cross on it. Ever since she gave it to me IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve only taken it off when I play games or am at shoot arounds or practices. Other than that I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take it off.
I remember one year I was in fifth or sixth grade, and my mom told us she couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afford to have Christmas for us. My brother was crying all morning. We liked getting up in the mornings and opening up gifts and when she told us that, throughout the whole day I realized that we couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a Christmas. So my grandma picked us up and took us to the movies to kind of cheer us up a little bit. And while we were at the movies my mom was getting everything together and wrapping gifts over my auntÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house because we lived in an apartment. When she walked in the door I thought we were just going to have dinner, but I saw all these gifts under the tree for me and my brother and my mom kind of surprised us and caught us off guard and I was instantly happy. As a kid you always want to celebrate Christmas. You really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know too much about what really goes into it, more of the spiritual or religious part of it. My mom caught us right there and surprised us, so that was one of the best ones.
Aside from giving and receiving gifts, this was a special Christmas for me, my family and my Thunder family because we got to host a game. On top of that, all my teammates who are signed to Nike wore my new KD III sneakers. I know IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve said it before, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a blessing just to have your own sneaker. Nobody can ever take that away from me, playing on Christmas, winning on Christmas, wearing your own shoes, it was a blessing. Kobe, LeBron and myself were the only Nike players to have their own special Christmas signature shoes, and to be in their company is something that every kid dreams of. To be one of the players to be recognized with a small thing like his shoes kind of brings it back to that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to continue working and continue pushing.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also been a special holiday because I got to share it with a few of my younger cousins. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re just wild, man. They wake up early in the morning and play games all day. This has been their time to sit around and chill. They go to school all week, play sports and do homework and just to be out here, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re just relaxing, sleeping in, playing games all day. Stuff that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really do on a school night theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing here and to have Christmas away from their parents , watching basketball games, sitting on the floor, they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t beat that. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re here. They brought us some good luck and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad they experienced that.
So how was your Christmas? Did you get snow? What was the best present you received or gave this Christmas? Let me know in the comments section.
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