No. 7 takes a timeout from the team’s six-game trip to dish on upcoming Kings matchups in New York and Utah, his favorite restaurant and All-Star memories.
Hey, everyone – Thanks for checking out this month’s edition of my blog. I hope you’re all doing well and staying warm during this cold winter.
After a home-heavy schedule to begin the season, we’ve played a lot of games on the road and have gone through a recent up-and-down stretch. We’re continuing to strive to get better as a team, while I’m focusing on improving personally, as well.
I think we can build on a lot during the second half of the season. We’re continuing to work hard every day in practice, making sure to communicate and staying together as a group. Every team goes through slumps, and the key is building even stronger bonds during those tough times.
New York & Utah
As we continue on our long road trip, I’m looking forward to going back to my hometown in N.Y. on Saturday and my second home state in Utah on Monday. It’ll be a lot of fun to see familiar faces in the stands – my family and a lot of my friends will be at Madison Square Garden and obviously many fans come out to support me in Utah, too. I’m excited to play in those two arenas against two very good teams and, ultimately, I hope we come out with a pair of big wins.
My favorite pizza place in N.Y. – which is also my favorite restaurant in the world – is Angelina’s in my hometown of Glens Falls. Unfortunately, since it’s three hours away from the city, I won’t have a chance to go there during this trip, but I hope to find a close substitute while visiting NYC.
What makes a perfect pizza slice is the combination of good sauce, cheese and dough – the best pizzerias have all three down pat.
My wife and I have found some great places in Sacramento where we frequently go out to dinner. We usually get deep-dish style pizza – even though my friend’s place in N.Y. is thin crust – which is delicious.
When it comes to dessert, I try to not eat too many sweets, but I always sneak in a few treats here and there. My three favorites are ice cream, cookies and brownies. My wife makes some of the best chocolate chip cookies you could ever taste!
I’ve had a chance to catch up on a few more movies during our cross-country plane rides. Among my recent favorites is “Pitch Perfect,” and I’m also waiting for a few Oscar-nominated films to come out on DVD. I’m looking forward to picking up “Argo” and “Lincoln” as soon as they’re available.
I hope to have the opportunity to participate in an upcoming All-Star Weekend, since it’s always full of excitement. I used to love watching the All-Star Game and cheering for the show-time dunks and amazing plays.
The Three-Point Shootout and Dunk Contest are always fun events to watch, as well. I’ll never forget Vince Carter’s innovative and crazy dunks in 2000, including the 360-degree windmill, which is one of my all-time favorite memories. No matter what, we should be in store for another really fun weekend this year.
Thanks as always for reading my blog and continuing to show your support for the team.