Camp has come to an end and now its time ti head back home. I will probably say this 100 more times but we (my coaches and I) are so blessed for this opportunity. Definitely the coolest thing I’ve done in the game of basketball. All of the Chinese coaches and staff members said this was the best camp they’ve had in years and I owe that to my amazing coaches. A huge thanks goes out to Byron Samuels, who was most recently the head coach at FAMU, Brian Clifton, who is currently the head coach at “Word of God” in Raleigh, NC and his strength and performance coach, Larry Bratcher; Kevin Hopkins, who is the head coach at Muhlenberg College and also Tony Miller, who has coaching experience at USC and other schools.
Next, I have to say thank you, a million times to my guy Chris Rivers at adidas for putting me in this situation. One of the best people I’ve met not just in this crazy industry, but in life. Also my guy Evan here in China. He does a wonderful job representing not only adidas, but the game of basketball for China.
So proud of all the kids this week. We only had 3 days and wanted to show them so much but they took it all in and gave us great effort. Can’t wait to see a few of these kids at Global Nations in Houston in August. May even see a few playing for my high school in Oklahoma City next year….lol. The language and culture differences made it tough but my coaches were great. Next year I promise it will be even better!
Hope everyone is doing well this morning. It’s almost noon back in Houston, about 1am here in Beijing. The crew and I just got to China a few hours ago. Crazy to think this is my 3rd time here in the past 10 months. Very blessed to have this opportunity. I have 5 really good coaches here with me. All of them have coached from high school to the NBA & D-League. adidas has brought us here to work with 40 kids from all over China. The majority of the kids are high school age, but they play professionally here in the Chinese Basketball Association. A few of the kids play for regular high schools and haven’t been exposed to the same level as training, but are very talented as well.
Tomorrow we will meet as a staff and then hit the streets and be tourists. I believe we will make a stop at the Silk Market also. For anyone that doesn’t know anything about the “Silk Market”, they’re known for selling fake high end bags, watches, shoes, clothes and even electronics. I may run in there and do the Bow Wow Challenge and flex for the gram a little. Hahaha just kidding. But I will definitely be posting some pics from everything we see tomorrow. I pray everyone has a blessed day and talk to you soon!
Want to take this time to thank all of my followers for tuning in. Our season didn’t end the way we wanted but next season will be even better. This has been an incredible 13 year journey in the NBA and I am very fortunate to be blessed with some new opportunities. With this blog I plan on keeping everyone up to date with my training, travels as well as events that BluePrint Basketball will be hosting. Thanks for checking us out. This summer will be fun!