I have short goals – to get better every day, to help my teammates every day – but my only ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship. It’s all that matters. I dream about it. I dream about it all the time, how it would look, how it would feel. It would be so amazing.
You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball.
Volleyball, I could be pretty good. After a few practices I could be that striker, or whatever they call it.
I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.
Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.
I told myself if I ever made it to the level I want to be at, I’m gonna give back.
I think the reason why I’m the person who I am today is because I went through those tough times when I was younger.
But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man.
I don’t really get involved in it, the whole thing. I understand how important this city is and what I mean to this city and what our team means to the city… but I don’t get caught up into it. I just go out and play my game. I try to lead the best way I can, and if I can put my team and this franchise in a position to win the title, I’m grateful for that.
A lot of players know how to play the game, but they really don’t know how to play the game, if you know what I mean. They can put the ball in the hoop, but I see things before they even happen. You know how a guy can make his team so much better? That’s one thing I learned from watching Jordan.
I wouldn’t feel good about it at all. At the end of the day I’m here to win a team prize, and that’s to win a championship, not an individual prize.
I don’t know any other team that got to the finals without two all-stars.
I’ve been watching basketball for a long time, I’m a historian of the game. I don’t know any other team that’s gotten to the Finals without two All-Stars… I cannot remember thinking of it. I don’t even know if it’s ever happened, for a team to lose two All-Stars and still be able to make it to the Finals.
I think, team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.
For me, already being part of a single parent household and knowing it was just me and my mom, you’d would wake up times and hope that the next day you’d be able to be alongside your mother because she was out trying to make sure that I was taken care of. But all I cared about was her being home.
Everything is sore right now. Everything. I look like I’m doing okay but I can’t wait to get home.
Sometimes in the past when I played something might make me lose focus, or I would go home after a game where I thought I could have played better and I would let it hang over my head for a long time when it shouldn’t.
We did what we are supposed to. We protected home. We have to try to do it again Thursday night.
As loud as fans were , they need to go home now and start soaking up a lot of tea, drinking a lot of tea for the next 36 hours, whatever the case may be, cause they need to be just as loud Thursday night.
Akron, Ohio, is my home. I will always be here. I’m still working out at my old high school.