Yo what up out there in the Yard?
For me, right now, all I can think of is tomorrow. Wednesday is our Opening Night, the first game of the season. My first game for the Clippers. I'm sitting and watching the Lakers on TNT tonight, cheering like a fan, remembering that tomorrow it's gonna be us against them. I know I'm excited when I can't sleep for two days before the game. I've been practicing, trying to get used to being on the court even though I'm not at 100%. But being back with my teammates reminds me how much I miss the game and how much I want to play.The love is still there. The hunger still burns. Those are the things that remind me.
Watching all the nba previews and reading all the articles about the season has got me turned up too. It's really important to me that I get out and show everyone what I'm capable of because it seems like there are so many people that want to write us off already. Obligatory Haters. All the more people to prove wrong. (Oh, and Bill Simmons: I'm not coming on the podcast until you get your act together and be a real fan. LOL)
Our first game is against the Lakers. I say Bring It On. It's exactly how you want to start off, by playing against the best in the West, sizing ourselves up against the Western Champs. Kobe is still my favorite too. Sitting here, watching him on TNT, and I'm still rewinding his dunks on my Tivo just like the rest of you. LA is his town. But it's my home too and LA's big enough for us both. Clipper Nation: I know you have been patient a long time but I'm here to assure you that you are gonna be proud to be a part of this season.
I'm shooting baskets at the park outside my house tonight before I go to sleep. Tomorrow, I'll be at Staples Center early to make sure my family and friends are all settled. Theres a lot of pressure on me now that I'm back at home - that's what everyone's saying. So I guess that means the pressure starts tomorrow. Gotta make sure to load up my ipod with the right music to warm up to. It's Makavelli, All Eyez on Me... you know the drill. Strictly LA hip hop for the Lakers vs the Clippers.. or should I say, Clip Hop LOL.
Remember when you were a kid on Christmas Eve? Tonight's kinda like that cause the sooner I go to bed, the sooner I can wake up and it'll be game day?
Shout out to everybody in the yard. I'm thinking about you Donovan. And Bosh.. I'm comin for you at ibeatyou.com!