Yesss! The NBA season is upon us. Another year of fierce competition and thriving entertainment. I'm feeling blessed. So Happy New Year! I said it last year and let me reiterate…basketball is my religion. It's a part of my foundation and gives me balance in life. Today is my New Year. I am itching to start playing again. From a player's perspective, truthfully, the game and season is long…it is a grind but honestly there is nothing like it. If you ask me, it's the greatest job in the world.
No one really talks about it, but Alopecia, especially for young kids, can alter a person's life tremendously. It did for me. I'm living proof. Like Ryan, I am "on a mission", to get the awareness level up, to spread the right message, to get people talking about it, to start and carry a movement. A movement filled of great need and hope. It is one of the main reasons why I launched: NBASeasonX.com. It is why I am trying to tell my story through this biopic, "Season X". And for those who have not been following me closely, I am working on a film based on my life, which share different stories that I have experienced through Alopecia, in addition to the influence it has on me over my NBA career. It is tentatively scheduled to debut at NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 in Toronto (where it all started for me).
You know originally, I wasn't really for sharing my personal story through this biopic, but I saw what the team at Tivity Social could do and I really felt like this was my moment to inspire. I live with a purpose. And my purpose is based on the positive effect I have on others. That is what this is about…making sure the next kid with Alopecia or simply anyone with self-confidence issues can overcome and still fulfill his/her dream. If I can do it, why can't they? And to be REALLY honest, I had no idea what Kickstarter was all about, but I was swayed and I get it now. I want this movement to carry the right message. I want people to start talking about Alopecia, to continue to support anti-bullying, to start accepting people for who they are…no matter what. So it's special to me to have you guys involved in the project.
So here I am...on my mission with the likes of my boy Ryan and many other special people (shouts to NAAF by the way). With unity there is strength. Help out, carry this message, be a part of something bigger than you. And of course, GO MAVS! Let the NBA season begin! It's showtime!!!