Tell us about yourself.
Growing up in the Harlem projects, you learn a lot of lessons quickly, especially when you’re hooping in the park. I always wanted to play past dark, even though my mom wouldn’t let me. Basketball opened up a several doors for me. I was fortunate to spend five years in boarding schools—Cardigan Mountain and Westtown School—where I grew up quickly and learned general “life stuff”.
By college, I felt like I had already been independent for a few years and I’m really thankful for those experiences. Meeting people who came from all over the country, even the world, to attend those schools taught me a lot.
How do you start the day?
With a mandatory COVID nasal swab test first thing each morning. No, seriously—that is how all my NBA colleagues and I have started and ended our day for over a year. It’s been a grind, but I think there’s an end in sight as vaccination numbers keep improving.
During my normal routine, I grab a good breakfast somewhere and then head up to the arena to do some PT and other body care type treatments before we start workouts for the day.