We go to war together. Were in the trenches together. Were battling together. Your very first week or two is hard, since you go from hectic, busy, busy to simply– your phones quiet. It goes from that to simply this tranquil quietness that you might enjoy, however youre also unpleasant with, since you never ever had it.
We go to war together. Were in the trenches together. Were fighting together.
Youve discussed feeling overlooked in the past, in spite of your sterling basketball résumé, due to the fact that you dont do as much media. You dont do the red carpet stuff. Youre not doing commercials and interviews.
Introvert! [LAUGHTER] Exactly. Is there a part of you that wishes you did more of that?
I am who I am, and I dont have any remorses of the things Ive done with my career as far as more cameos. No, I dont be sorry for that, since thats not actually my brand. Im more about hard hat and just go to work.
Chris Bosh, after he retired early, spoke about how, in retirement, among the hardest things to come to grips with is not having a complete schedule any longer. And not being around colleagues or cheered by fans. Due to the fact that youre not part of the crew anymore, and the guys that were texting you every day and arent texting you as much. How did you handle that?
Im to myself more than most, so the guys not texting me didnt affect me. I do not really text with men now. The entire taking a trip and your schedule, you have to figure out how to do it, how to fill that space. Since if you do not, you wind up feeling lost and kind of like, “Whats next?” That was extremely, very difficult.
Your first week or 2 is tough, because you go from busy, hectic, hectic to just– your phones peaceful. It goes from that to simply this tranquil quietness that you could delight in, but youre also uncomfortable with, since you never had it.
Youve said youve talked to Damian Lillard about completing your career in Portland. That seems to recommend to me that there might be some more years left after this one. Is that fair to say?
Im going year to year, but I absolutely, how I feel now, how Im moving now, I absolutely have some more years in me. I feel renewed, revitalized and just ready to go.