Got back from a great weekend in Connecticut as I played in the Jim
Calhoun Charity Classic. Good to see my old teammates, UCONN basketball
brothers (guys I never played with), and glad to be a part of a great
cause. We lost at the buzzer as Khalid El-Amin hit yet another big
shot. I had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks (got you twice, Kemba)
in a loss...
I have to say one of the best things I ever did in my basketball life was going to UCONN (and it almost didn't happen twice...will save those stories for another time or the biography). I cannot say enough about how Coach Calhoun has built a program that preaches and practices the importance of family. 10 years after we won the National Championship we still get together every 2 years for his charity event but even more so we still stay together. I can go a long time not speaking to BG (Ben Gordon) or Rashard Anderson and as soon as I see them it is like nothing has changed. And Rudy Gay is my suitemate for life (good luck with the USA team brother)! Going to college you have an opportunity to form some great, forever lasting friendships and I am proud to say I have those with the fellas I won the title with and beyond.
Going back to CT is always a humbling experience because the fans' passion for us is genuine. Think about it...UCONN basketball, men's and women's are the pro team in CT. Growing up, my dream was to play in the NBA. And I have accomplished that, know there is more to prove and I am truly living in the moment. BUT there is nothing like playing for a collegiate program with as much history as UCONN. I truly feel blessed to have that experience. It has made me into a better player and more importantly person.
So shout out to Coach Calhoun for building a program that wins (not 3, but 4 titles!) but also is a family. Check out the photo gallery from a weekend reminiscing...
PS. Webisode #6 launches on Tuesday. No real progress on the free agent front, as it has been a slow week for most NBA teams but stay tuned...