Portland Trail Blazers rookie center Meyers Leonard posted some year-end thoughts on his NBA.com rookie diary blog.
I definitely had my ups and downs this season, and I learned a whole lot. The NBA game is so much different than the college game - faster, bigger, stronger, more offensive schemes, and you have to react faster. As a rookie big man, there is a lot to understand. Toward the end of the season, I've started to get more minutes and feel better on the court. I am hoping that next year I'll have a bigger impact and an even bigger role as I continue to move forward in my NBA career.
Once the season ends for us, I'm going to stay here in Portland to work out for a bit. I'm going to Hawaii, probably Maui, for a vacation. I've never been to Hawaii, so I'm excited about that! I will not be doing any surfing though, I've seen too many horror stories about sharks, so I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to me! After Hawaii, I'll go back home to Illinois to visit my friends and family. While I'm there, I'll be working out as much as I can. If I don't work out just about every day, I don't feel good about myself or my career. Whether it's weights or just getting on the court, I will be doing something every day. My offseason will conclude with me heading to Vegas for summer league and from there I will report early to Portland to get extra work in before training camp and hopefully make a push for a starting spot next year.
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