MY 5 FAVORITE NBA CITIES
October 26, 2009
What up ya’ll? Not much here because I haven’t played since last week, but it’s all good.
I’ve had the best seat in the house for the past three games, sitting on the court next to our bench. But I’ve got to admit that it’s really weird for me to be on the bench through the entire game and not play.
I don’t think I have dressed for a game and not played since my rookie year in the NBA. I did a lot of sitting that season 11 years ago, but this is strange for me. But I know all of the plays. So it’s not too difficult for me.
I know I have to be out for those first 10 games, so I totally understand what’s going on. And it’s not like I’m just sitting over there and not getting to play. The most important thing for the team right now is to get those other guys used to playing with one another and used to how we play.
I came in early today before shootaround and got my work in. And once the season starts, I’ll be on the road doing everything with the team. I’ll go with the team to shootaround and then get in all of my conditioning work afterwards. I can’t be at the arena for the game, but at least I’ll be there for everything else. So it won’t be all bad.
I’m a big list guy, so from time to time this year I’m going to give you guys my top-five lists on a variety of topics. Once we launch my website, Rashardlewis9.com in November, ya’ll will have to give me your feedback on my top five lists.
Here are my five favorite NBA cities:
1. Houston … Obviously because it’s my home.
2. L.A. … Well, because it’s L.AAAAAAAAA.
3. Miami … The weather is so nice there, like Orlando.
4. New York … The Mecca!!!
5. I’d say San Antonio, Dallas or Phoenix because the atmosphere is always so great in those buildings. I guess I’d go with Phoenix because that’s just such a great city.
GETTING MY WORK IN
October 22, 2009
What's up everybody? Everything is good here, but I gotta tell you that it’s strange not playing here lately. I didn’t play Monday night when we were in Chicago and I didn’t play again Wednesday night against Indiana.
We still won 117-87 to make us 7-0 in the preseason. We’re the only undefeated team in the preseason, but it really doesn’t matter much at this point. We’ll be 0-0 on Wednesday when the games start counting for real.
Ya’ll all know by now that I’ll be out the first 10 games of the season and Coach Van Gundy is trying to get the rotations set for how we will open the season. He’s been playing Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass and Matt Barnes at the four spot and they have been playing really well.
It’s all good not playing in these games because I know the offensive plays and the defensive rotations already. And I certainly know how to play with Dwight and ‘Meer already, so it’s not like I will forget all of that in a couple of weeks.
As for me staying in playing shape, don’t worry about that. I didn’t play Wednesday night, but I definitely got my work in earlier in the day. I stayed after practice Wednesday morning with coach Steve Clifford and our video guy, Charles Klask, for more than an hour.
We got in a good 45 minutes of shooting from all of the spots all over the floor. I shot the ball really well, trying to keep my form straight. Then, after that, I got in another 30-minute run on the treadmill.
It’s not like playing in a game, but I was at least able to get a nice sweat going. I’ll get my work in every day and I believe my legs and lungs will be strong when I get back. And I really think with all of the shooting that I’m planning on doing that my shot will be really tight by the time that I get back in the games.
Well, I better run for now. Ya’ll remember that my site at RashardLewis9.com is launching in November and I really think you guys are going to like it. We’re going to have up several ways you guys can interact with me, so be sure to check it out.
L8 SWEET LEW
WE’RE MAKING THE SACRIFICES
October 19, 2009
Hey everybody, hope ya’ll had a good weekend. Ours was pretty good. We had Friday off, but attended a luncheon with our Magic fans that afternoon. It’s so cool to see how excited and ready for the season that Magic fans are these days. They can’t wait to get started and we can’t either. We gotta bring that championship home to our fans this year.
We practiced on Saturday and Sunday and we’re in Chicago now to play the Bulls tonight. We have three more preseason games this week and then they start counting for real on the 28th.
It’s going to be a weird week for me because coach is going to start cutting my minutes these next few games. I won’t start in any of the three games this week, and I might just play a few minutes to stay sharp.
Ya’ll already know I’ve got to miss those first 10 games because of the suspension, and it’s already on my mind. It’s going to be tough staying away from the arena on game nights, so I’ll have to do something to stay active during the games. I’m thinking about riding a stationary bike during the games just to get my sweat rolling.
I’ve got all the confidence in my teammates they will pick up the slack while I’m out. And it’s been nothing but love from my teammates about my situation. They know I’m upset about having to miss those first few games, and they’ve really had my back through all of this.
We’ll be all right while I’m out because of all of the depth that we have now.Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass have played great all preseason, so they will split time at the 4. And MP is playing like it’s the playoffs already and Matt Barnes was a great pickup this summer, so we’ll be OK at 3 too. Nice job, Otis Smith!
I was wondering how this team would share the ball and sacrifice coming into camp. We have so many pieces now and so much depth, so I wanted to see if guys were willing to put their egos aside for the good of the team. In our first team meeting, I stood up and talked about how I expected guys to make sacrifices for the good of the team. That’s the only way we’re going to win a championship is if guys put the team first.
So far, I’ve been so happy with how we have played. We’ve shared the ball and guys have worked on playing different positions. There’s been no bickering over the ball, and I really think we have a chance to have a great team again. Let’s hope that carries over to the regular season. I think it will because we have good leadership and character guys on this squad.
Well, I better get outta here for now and get ready for the game. My official website, RashardLewis9.com, is gonna launch in November, so ya’ll be sure to check it out. In the time being, you can follow my blog here and my tweets on Twitter and Facebook. And I even have a Hotline (407-545-6592) where ya’ll can drop me a message and hear my thoughts of the day.
Take care. L8
LIFE IS ALL ABOUT CHANGE
October 14, 2009
I have spent the past couple of months making the adjustment from power forward back to small forward. I have heard some people say that I appear to be making the transition very easy, but I can tell you that nothing is ever that easy.
During my time with the Seattle Sonics, I played primarily at the small forward position. When I moved to Orlando I found myself playing both the small forward and power forward spots. Having versatility on the roster gives you more options, thus improving the overall strength of the team. The coaching staff felt we would be a better team if some of us expanded our roles and that included me.
With some changes to our roster, this season Coach Van Gundy wanted me to play more minutes at the small forward spot. Having spent nine seasons playing that position in Seattle, it’s a more comfortable transition this season.
I feel that I have had a pretty good rhythm on the offensive end of the floor. I am shooting about 50% from the field and about 45% from beyond the arc. I have a lot of things I can improve on, but overall I have felt pretty good thus far.
The biggest difference is on the defensive end. On defense it’s a little different because now I find myself chasing guys on the wings instead of defending them on the post. This is my first time doing it this preseason and I think I’ve done okay. I didn’t feel lost at all out there.
This past Tuesday night we posted a 121-86 win over the New Orleans Hornets. I played 30 minutes and felt comfortable. More importantly it provided Ryan Anderson, who we acquired in an off-season trade with the New Jersey Nets, the opportunity to start. Ryan responded with a game-high 22 points.
Right now I think we’re doing a good job of moving the ball and not being selfish. I think we have a chance to be a really good team, provided that we all continue to play as one.
Again I am not the only one that will be bouncing back and forth between positions on the floor. It’s something that our team as a unit has embraced. We understand that each and every one of us must have a willingness to sacrifice for the betterment of the team. It is something that has been talked about since the very first meeting before training camp even began. Our goal is to do whatever it takes to bring a World Championship to Orlando.