“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you up there.”
This is a quote I always think about on and off the court because there are a lot of obstacles I go through to make my dream come true.
The biggest obstacle I have is being around the wrong crowd. My coach always tells me, “your surroundings determine your future.”
This is the biggest obstacle in my life because it is hard for me to stop hanging around my friends. These are people I’ve been around for years. I know it would help in the long run, but it would be the hardest choice I ever had.
I think the talent I have in basketball is because of my friends. The reason I say this is because they try they best to make me better because they think I have the ability to make it somewhere in life and take us out of our neighborhood.
I look at my friends as brothers I never had, so if I do accomplish my goal and go to the NBA, I would still come back and give them some of whatever I have for helping me become a great player.
It is like a boomerang: No matter how far you throw it, it will always come back to you. Sometimes when people become something, they forget about the people that helped them get there.
If I ever become one of the best players in the NBA, the first group of people I would give back to and thanks would be my friends and family because it was always blood, sweat, and tears with them.
Sometimes I think how my life would be without them. I don’t think I would be as successful as I am right now without my friends.
The only thing I hate, but also like about our bond, is no matter what the situation is, we will always stand up for each other. I think it’s is a good thing because real friends stand together.
But the bad thing is if anything happens like one of us started fighting, we all fight. Stuff like that would probably mess me up in the long run. But if you have friends that like are brothers or sisters, you know why it’s so hard for me to just choose your life time dream over them.
I haven’t made my choice to choose basketball or my friends. But whatever I choose, I hope I still have my friends around.