Posted February 06, 2019 07:22:15I was a bit of a basketball nut growing up in the Seattle suburb of West Seattle.
My dad was an athlete and a basketball player, so when I was a kid I knew there was something special about being around these guys.
When I grew up, I spent a lot of time with my uncle in the NBA, so we went to the same school and we were good friends.
One day I was sitting in the gym one day and I was talking to my uncle about the NBA draft and I saw him and I thought, “Wow, he really knows basketball.”
I just kind of said, “Hey, do you want to go see the draft?”
And he looked at me like I was crazy and he said, “‘Sure!'”
That’s how close I was with my first NBA draft pick, Myles Turner, the 6-foot-7 point guard from the University of Kentucky.
Myles was just a kid who played basketball.
I mean, I’m not a big fan of basketball, but my dad is a great basketball fan.
And when we saw the draft coming up, he said “Hey Myles, you want me to go scout you?”
And I was like, “Uh, sure, I’ll go scout.”
He was like “You don’t want to do it?”
And then I said, “[Oh] yeah, I will!”
So he goes and scouts us.
And he scouts us and we start talking and then he comes back to the court and he’s like, [Looks up to me] “You want to play in the D-League?”
So we went down there and it was amazing to me because I had never played basketball before.
And my uncle was like a big basketball fan and he was like I told him that he should come see the D, so he comes to me and he goes, “I want you to watch the D League.”
So we watch a game and it’s a good game.
We watch some practice and we watch some games and we’re like, Oh my god, they are so talented, they play with so much energy, and I just remember that I just really wanted to play basketball, too.
I was really good at basketball growing up, and my uncle and I played a lot together, so I played against him and my dad and we all had a lot in common.
My uncle was a great point guard, so it was pretty much a match made in heaven.
But my dad wasn’t a great shooter.
So I got to the point where I was just getting better and better, so now I am a great shooting guard.
I remember one time I was at a basketball game, and there was a guy in the back row and I remember seeing him shoot a layup.
And I said to my dad, “You never saw a layin’ like that?”
And my dad looked at my dad like, I don’t know, maybe he has.
I think it was my freshman year of high school.
I was trying to shoot the ball and he just goes, [laughs] “I don’t even know how to do that.”
And I just looked at him and was like what?
Why would you even be shooting that?
So I was really embarrassed by him and then when I got drafted, my dad said, I knew I was in the right place, so if you are looking for something like that, I think I have that.
He is still a good shooter and he still has a lot to learn, but I just think it’s just a good compliment from him.
My family had some fun growing up and then my uncle got drafted and I had my first draft pick and it felt like it was going to be me, too, but he was just like, Okay, you’re in the wrong place, Myle, and it just was a really fun time for us.
Myles Turner averaged 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 24 games this season for the Utah Jazz, and was named second-team All-American by the Associated Press.