I've heard a few times, in three or four years, this league is going to be yours. I don't like that. Because I think I'm established now.
I've just got to let my teammates know in practice, without even telling them, that I don't think I'm ahead of anybody.
I'm like a chameleon. I adapt to my situation. It's very slowed down here. I like it that way. I'm a guy that's very reserved, quiet and shy myself.
I was always in the gym. People would look at me crazy because I spent so much time there. But that's what it was about. I'm glad I did it.
I've learned what it feels like to lose, believe me. But I think, in the end, that is just going to make winning that much better.
If I continue to just get to the playoffs every year, I guess you could say I arrived, but right now I'm just trying to find my way.
All this stuff is kind of surreal to me -- Ididn't think I'd be in the league or none of that. It was making it to college. That's about it.
We live in a world of what have you done for me lately. We don't remember the day before sometimes. Think back five, six, years ago what he was doing. It's unheard of.
With a versatile player, there's no spot on the court you can't pass him the ball. You can do anything.
My acting coach I've got here, Richard Lawson, he's been doing good, just telling me to calm down sometimes and just be me.
I know when somebody is trying to get something out of me for clicks. And sometimes I feel like giving it to them. Sometimes I feel like being real and open to them, but at the same time, I know how much I can give you.
A big market is something that doesn't really concern me too much. It's cool to think about, it's good for off-the-court deals. But I'm more of a basketball player. That's what I want to be known as. And this is the best place for me to play basketball. I'm glad I'm here.
I'm just trying to grow. That's one thing I told myself is, 'Don't worry about who people say is the best player'.
I wanted to the best player in the state -- the best the area has ever seen. That's always been my goal. Guys like Elgin Baylor, Adrian Dantley and Dave Bing, it's tough to pass those guys. So I'm studying, working. My project's not over yet. Hopefully, I get there.
I fell so many times and got back up. I been through the toughest times with my family, but I'm still standing.
Perry, Jeremy, Man, Just knowing that you guys look up to me, And I can help you out so much, I could pull you to the side when we're working out. And just as much as you think I'm making you better, You elevate my game.
In the game of basketball, I play first off because I love it. I love to have fun. I love to run up and down the court.
First off, I'd like to thank God for changing my life. It let me really realize what life is all about. Basketball is just a platform for me to inspire people, and I realize that.
My dream was to become a rec league coach. That's what I wanted to do. I wanted to stay home and help the kids out and be a coach.
Last, I just want to thank God again. He's the first and the last. Alpha and Omega. I thank you for saving my life.
I love basketball so much, I love playing it. I just never thought I could make it to college, make it to the NBA or stand up here today in front of you guys and be an NBA MVP. It's just a surreal feeling, and I had so much help, so many people believe in me when I didn't believe in myself.
This means the world to me that you guys are here with me celebrating with me. Thank you. Thank you. I can't express it enough.
I didn't fall in love with it just because it was me playing. I fell in love with it because I've got guys like this -- like these guys every single day that push me to be the best that I can be.
I come from a small county outside of Washington DC called PG County, and me, my mom, my brother, we moved so many different places growing up. And it felt like a box. It felt like there was no getting out.
I like to sit on things and digest them and then I'll figure out my next move, but I never said I was right for doing anything.
You hear all these stories about, 'There's one in a million guys that make it to the NBA and stay there.' To see people cheering for me and when they say my name, it's just crazy. It's still crazy to me.
I like the nucleus that we have. I'm excited. I want to be here as long as possible. It's like family. I love being here.
I want the younger kids, the basketball players in high school and college to hear from me and let them know that when you come to the league, this is what happens and this is how I feel as an NBA player. And it's not all peachy keen.
It's part of my game, getting to the free-throw line and being aggressive. If you say that I get superstar calls or I get babied by the refs, that's just taking away from how I play. That's disrespectful to me.
Me as a person, I'm not the president of the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association). I don't even know what to say. I'm not like this perfect, buttoned-up, suit-and-tie guy.
I can score the basketball, but I think I can pass pretty well or I can make the correct pass. I'm not the type of guy who's just going to throw the ball inbounds to a guy who's wide open. I can make the right pass.
I play because I have fun. The vets of this team, I just wanted to say thanks to them. You guys mean so much to me. I can have a terrible day and walk in the gym and have Hasheem smile at me. That will change my day.
I'm obviously not going to give you everything about my whole life, but as far as my personality, you see me all the time from watching the games.
This city, all they want us to be is ourselves. You love us how we are. We're all a work in progress as men and you still love us and I thank you so much for embracing us.
I'm intrigued on how music is made, that's how I started getting into it. Of course I've been in the booth before, just joking around to see how it is, and I'll make a couple of beats here or there and help my artists out. But other that, I'll stick to listening.
People always think women meet us in the hotel lobby, but it's the opposite. The majority of the time, you go out to eat with your teammates, then rest for the next day's game. It's not a vacation -- most guys view the road as a business trip.
I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I've been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the Finals. I'm tired of being second. I'm not going to settle for that. I'm done with it.
Experience is the best teacher. I've been through a lot -- going to the Olympics, going to the Finals, having a lot of good games and having a lot of bad games. It's a rollercoaster ride and I'm just happy I'm a part of it. If it was easy, then everybody could do it.
If I'm educated and passionate about a topic, I'll answer the question. But I also know when to shut the hell up.
My mother taught me to always be strong and always work hard. She's been working hard her whole life for me and my brother. I'm a lot like her in that I work hard for what I want. She taught me that.
Every memory I had growing up was involving a basketball. I didn't go to the prom and stuff like that. It was always basketball for me.
I want to have some stuff that I keep for myself, my friends, my family, my loved ones. That's how I view.
I'm going to be me at the end of the day. And I think my family appreciates that. They're happy for me that I'm finding out who I am, and I'm content with that.
Everybody. No matter how they feel about me, everybody on Oklahoma City, on that team, of course I watch them. I support them. I want them to do well.
Beautiful fans of Oklahoma City, I can't say enough about you guys. All the support you give our team. The home-court advantage we have is the best I've ever seen. We disappoint you sometimes, but we try our best every single night to win for you guys. And we want to win a championship for you guys.
I'm busy working on every aspect of my game -- defense, shooting, rebounding -- but I really want to become a better overall team player. Help my teammates become better players out on the court in order to win more ball games.
I feel as though I've proved myself these last five years that I can be one of the top players in the league.
Everything has been such a whirlwind ever since I stepped foot in the league and everything has been like a dream, so I'm just blessed to be in this position.
I learned how to pass when I was real young. That's one thing I always knew how to do was find the open man.
I was just a big fan of tattoos always growing up, and I wanted something cool that symbolizes what I've been through in my life, and everything on my chest and my back is like a collage.
I feel good doing it. It's not like guys are stripping me at half-court or I'm just losing the ball dribbling. I think I'm handling the ball pretty well, just trying to make good passes, man.
I just want to grow spiritually with the Lord. I'm keeping strong at it, just trying to make my walk with faith a little better.
I'm a basketball player. That's what I do and what I love but that's just not all who I am. I'm talented in a lot of different areas.
The clothes are not making me... If I like it, that's all that matters...It's not about the clothes. It's about how I am as a person and how confident I am.
I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow. I just know for sure I'm going to keep playing basketball.
My mom just wants to make sure that my heart is always in whatever I do and I'm in things for the right reasons.
I've got a long way to go to being the ultimate best, but I think my time is now. And I'm starting to enter my prime.
I would describe my style as off the wall. I like stuff that doesn't match. I just like to stand out.
I like something simple and traditional, like dinner and a movie. The best way to get to know someone is to have a conversation over dinner. And steak houses have a nice atmosphere -- the lights are dim, and they usually have a band playing.
I just loved being in the gym. It was tough at times. Sometimes I wanted to quit, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
I'm just trying to grow. That's one thing I told myself is, 'Don't worry about who people say is the best player.'