Well, I’m sure you guys know that I’m suspended for tonight’s game against Portland and that’s going to just kill me.
I have 16 Ts on the season and now it’s just about making sure that I don’t get anymore because I can’t risk being suspended again. My team needs me out there too bad and we’re trying to get ready to make this playoff push, so I have to cut out the technical foul mess.
Actually I’ve gotten a lot better with the officials. I’ve really worked on cutting out my complaining with the refs. They really have a tough job to do out there. Trust me, off the court I’m the nicest guy in the world, but during games I want to win so bad that sometimes my emotions get the best of me. But really, I haven’t gotten into it with the refs in several weeks.
I get pretty beat up sometimes taking those hits from guys on the other teams and it’s only human nature to get frustrated. I just have to do a better job of not reacting to it moving forward.
It was so weird during practice on Sunday. Because I’m not playing on Monday, I practiced mostly with the scout team instead of our Magic team so that our guys could get used to playing without me. The last time I had to wear the white jersey was when I was the quarterback for the football team – no contact. But instead of my jersey saying no contact, it said SUSPENDED. I had the shirt with the big S but not for SUPERMAN, it was for SUSPENSION. It was the jersey of shame.
There’s nothing that I can do about it now. I try not to let the officiating affect the way that I play. It’s very tough, but I have to do it. I’m just trying to stay positive and continue to do all of the things that I do to bring fun to the game. So that’s all I can do now because I’m not a bad guy or a hot head because I get techs. I know that’s the message that some people want to put across. But everybody who knows me knows that I’m a good guy.
But I’ll make it through this. Special thanks to everyone out there supporting me!!! I’ve just have to keep a level head, stay positive and encourage my teammates. I know it’s going to be tough missing tonight’s game, but we have a real good team and we’re going to show up even with me not there.
Well, everybody take care. Peace out!!! Yuuuuuuuuuuuuaaaaahhhhhhh!!!