No. 7 dishes on team camaraderie, personal progress, the role of social media in sports and more, exclusively on his Kings.com blog.
Hey, Kings Fans!
I’m excited to share my second blog of the year, as we look forward to finishing the first full month of the season on a strong note and get set for December.
So far it’s been an up-and-down start, but for the most part, we’ve done a great job of staying together. We’ve had some really good high points, as well as a few things we have to work on improving.
I think we’re still continuing to grow as a team – we know we need to win the close games we’ve had, and I think the main way is through camaraderie and staying together in tight spots at the end. If we can do that, I think we’ll be OK.
I feel I’ve played very well this month. Each time I’ve stepped on the court, I’ve been able to shoot the ball really well and put up great percentages, as well as stay aggressive. I have confidence and feel I’m helping this team.
It’s always exciting to go back to Utah, and my return last week was no exception. I was able to see a lot of friends and family, in addition to many familiar faces from BYU and the Utah area who’ve helped me get to the position I’m in today. It was a lot of fun to go back and hear cheers from the fans in a road game, though I wish we had come out with a win.
The growth of social media during our generation has been fun to witness. When I was growing up, the only way to interact with a professional athlete was seeing him or her face-to-face or maybe by sending letters. Today, social media, especially Twitter, is an instant way to be able to react to players and fans, and I think it’s going to be around for a long time.
I’m able to be in touch with my fans on a personal level, which is a very cool experience. I check my Twitter account all the time, as you can see from my activity, and I appreciate all of your support. It’s great to receive positive messages from followers all over the country, especially here in the Sacramento area, and it means a lot to me. Hopefully, the support grows as I continue to get better.
I had a great Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you did, as well. I celebrated the holiday in Utah with my wife and my side of the family, and we’ll probably observe Christmas this year with her side of the family.
My wife and I love the holidays – it’s always a special time of year. We just put our Christmas tree up and we’ve started wrapping presents and getting everything set. We love to decorate and make sure we’re in the spirit because it’s not here for too long.
Thank you very much for reading my blog and supporting us throughout this first month of the season. I hope you continue to come out to our games as we aim to turn things around with some wins. Stay tuned for more updates soon!