Welcome back to my blog, everybody. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and the start of a new year.
The beginning of this season has been tough for everybody, I think, in the NBA. It's a lot of games in a short period of time. It's tough on the body.
With so many games in such a short period of time, I've had to focus even harder on taking care of my body (Getty Images).
To survive it, you have to take care of your body even more and pay attention to little details. When your body is screaming, you have to listen and try to fix it because you can't go it alone with a little pain. It will only get worse. And as soon as you miss a week, half of the season is already gone. So to take care of your body is more important than ever.
To do that, you have to do a little more of everything. More time in the training room, more ice after practice and games, massages. Anything to treat your body at this point, you need to get it done.
The other thing is the energy level. You have to just try and keep it as high as possible. The one thing I've tried to do differently is rest. I try to go to sleep a little earlier. I don't go out and do unnecessary stuff like going to the mall. I try not to do those things so I can keep my body rested when there is some down time.
Being on the road a lot earlier in the season, when the schedule was so challenging, was actually helpful in that regard. On the road you don't have the obligations that you do at home. If I want to take a nap, I would just go to the hotel room and take a nap. So to me our first two road trips were good to try and get that rest in and get the body right.
We hadn't practiced since before the season, but last Thursday we got a chance to get one in during an off day in Toronto.
The next day we got a win, so that was a positive for us. We needed the practice too, because we had a lot of guys who just haven't had a lot of practice with the team. It was good to have everybody there and participating in practice. We got Humphries and Deron back after the injuries that they had, so it was really good.
We've been through a lot early in the season with injuries and things like that. We've all had to step in and make up for it. Our biggest injury was to Brook Lopez, which had a direct impact on me. But I still feel like, no matter who is hurt, whatever it is the team wants me to do, that's what I have to bring. It's just a matter of how I'm gonna bring it. I don't think my role is necessarily changed, but how I'm approaching the game might change. I just have to be consistent and stay out of foul trouble mostly.
We made some big changes to the system this year and the adjustment has been tough. We had a lot of players that weren't with us in training camp. But now, after that practice last week, you could see the guys are more comfortable with each other. The offense is getting to flow a little more, the defense is understood a little better, so we're getting there.
I want our fans to know that we're working hard and to keep on believing in us. We're doing what we can to get the win every night. We may not get it every time, but we're definitely putting the work in.
CHRISTMAS IN BROOKLYN
I always feel like without fans, I wouldn't be where I am today. All of the people that have helped me along the way, it inspires me to give back. If you're in the position to give back, any time you can do it, you should do it. That's just how I was raised.
So last month, I got together with some of my teammates and other members of the organization to visit the Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Center in Brooklyn and spread some holiday cheer to those less fortunate.
It's always nice to give back to the community and especially around the holidays. That's when you give back even more. It felt special. It felt good. That was also the only real Christmas that I had.
The season started and we had so much stuff going on with training camp and all those games right away. I was also just moving into a new place, so I didn't even have a tree. So it felt good to be around the Christmas spirit and around all those kids.
That was a great event we did as a team and I'm looking forward to doing more things like that. Now that the lockout is over, I think it will be easier for me to get in contact with people, working with the team or the league.
I was working with Make-A-Wish Foundation this summer trying to get involved in more events. I feel like that's the best way to go about it, because I'm really trying to get my own foundation going, so I want to associate myself with big organizations and build from there.