Well, we took care of business in the A-T-L and now we get some much-needed rest. We won in a sweep, but that was still a very physical series going against Al Horford and Zaza every game.
We had a great flight home after closing out the series. We were messing with Vince Carter in the locker room about being in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time. Because we have such a tight, tight group of guys, we feel like we can say anything to each other. It is that openness which enable us to be better.
I really like how we’re playing like a team on a mission. We’re not going out there and acting like we’ve got a 2-0 or 3-0 cushion in these series. We’re staying hungry and humble and keeping our foot on the throttle every game.
Back in the day, we used to relax in games and relax in series like this and we’d let teams come back on us. I think we’ve come a long way and are not doing that anymore. That’s a sign of maturity for us.
Now, we’re going to get two days off, but ya’ll know I’ll be back in the gym real soon getting my swolle on in the weight room. I also plan on working on my free throws. I’ve already talked to our guys about not losing focus or losing that edge just because we have a break.
I know that Stan will keep us ready. We did A LOT of running between the Charlotte and Atlanta series and we’ll probably do the same again this time. It’s a killer on us, but it’s no time to be resting ‘cause we need to stay sharp and keep that killer instinct up.
Here are some off the court updates: my big movie premier for “Just Wright” is going to be Tonight night at the Altamonte Springs Mall at 6:45 p.m. Not sure whom all is going to be there, but I know some of my teammates will be there to support and see me cheesing on the big screen. It should be a lot of fun. I’m hoping all the Magic fans will come and check it out!!!
One other thing, our e-bay memorabilia auction is cranked back up for this week. The search name is “DwightsStuff12.” Most of the profits will go toward funding scholarships to my kids’ basketball camps this summer. Here are some items that we have available this week:
• 2 Jerseys (All Star) and one White
• 4 pair of shoes AST TS commander Howard’s, (2) TS Bounce Commander’s, and AST NBA Bounce’s
• 2 Commander T-shirts
I handed out my shoes to a couple of Magic fans after Monday’s game. I thought they were going to scrap when I threw my jersey into the crowd. It still blows my mind of how many people value my shoes and jersey. I am truly honored and humbled.
Well, I’m going to get out of here. Get some rest Magic fans because we’re going to really need you in the Eastern Conference Finals more than ever. Whether if it’s Cleveland or Boston, it’s going to be a dogfight. But believe me when I tell you this: The Magic will be ready!!! Don’t forget to check out the auction and get some tight gear.