For those who are unaware, I will not be returning to Gran Canaria next season. While there are many reasons for this decision, the first thing I want to do is say thank you to the organization for the opportunity to further my career and continue my journey to become the best basketball player I can be. I want to thank my teammates from this past year because it was a true pleasure to play with each guy. It is rare to be in a locker room full of guys that you really enjoy being around and I truly will miss each one of you. Lastly I want to thank the fans. You guys were awesome this year. Even with us having a difficult season our gym was still one of the hardest to come to and win because of our fans. I have ran into many people this summer back here in the states that tell me how hard it is to come play in our gym because the fans were the best in the ACB. I agree 100%.
The decision to move on was mutual on both sides. I do not want to get into details about the decision but I have read some reports, articles, and blogs that have speculated the reasons. I want to make sure that it is 100% clear to everyone that I NEVER had any off court issues in Gran Canaria. I NEVER got into any kind of trouble nor did I have any negative issues in public or with the community. I pride myself on my commitment to the sport of basketball and also the fact that I conduct myself like a professional on and off the court. While this season was difficult, I learned many things and I will be a much better player because of it. My commitment to the sport and maximizing my potential is now higher than ever as I feel that this past season was successful on many levels, it not an accurate representation of what I can bring to a team. I can do many more things and I want to make sure I put myself in the best position possible to be myself out there on the court. I do know that a basketball career is a long journey and a process. It is a process that I know very well and have continued to improve and climb higher despite any minor setbacks that I have experienced. This will be much of the same as I will use a year in which we did not win as much as I would like as fuel to continue to improve as a player and reach every goal I have for myself.
Im very excited about the future. I have had an amazing summer working out while attacking my weaknesses and perfecting my strengths. The Oklahoma City Thunder gave me an amazing opportunity to play NBA Summer League and show my ability to run a team as a point guard. The future is bright and I am going to make sure I do everything I can to maximize every opportunity given to me.
I am sad about leaving Gran Canaria, but excited that my next situation will be a better fit for me. Stay tuned and thanks again!