In November of last year, I was a kid.
I was playing in the backyard of my mom’s house and I was watching the TV.
A commercial for gold hoops on the news ran.
I started thinking, “This is cool.”
I started watching it.
I couldn’t stop watching.
I thought it was kind of cool that people were wearing gold hoops, but then I started hearing more and more about gold hoops.
A few years later, I got my first gold hoop ring.
It wasn’t a ring, it was a hoop.
It was gold, with gold spikes.
I remember my mom was like, “Whoa, what are you talking about?”
And I was like “No, it’s a hoop.”
And she was like,” Oh, you know what?
That’s what gold hoops are, a hoop with spikes.”
That year I got a gold hoops ring, and I thought that was pretty cool.
Then I started seeing more and further away, like, people wearing them.
I noticed that people in my hometown were wearing them, too.
So, the next year, in the summer of 2018, I went out to a charity event, and it was just a group of people with their hands over their hearts.
And I said, “Oh my god, this is cool, I want to wear this.”
It was like a dream come true.
I went into my first charity event wearing this hoop.
And it wasn’t until November that I got it.
It was a day in March, so I didn’t even know it was happening.
I knew it was coming.
I thought I was just going to be in a room with people who were wearing golden hoops and I would just be like, wow, what’s going on?
But I was actually there for a few months.
I just happened to go out to the charity event.
It started with me just showing my dad the ring, telling him that it was cool, that I had a gold one, and then I went on to tell him, “Hey, I’m a basketball player.”
I showed him my ring, then he showed me to the other kids in the room.
The other kids started laughing, and they were like, oh, that’s pretty cool.
“I was like: “Dad, I can’t believe you gave me this.
“And then I had my first big game.
It wasn’t really a big game, but it was big.
And then in October of 2019, I had another big game with the Bulls.
That was a big night.
I think that’s how I got to be able to wear a hoop for so long.
It definitely has helped me in the NBA, as well.
It has helped my confidence in the game.
I don’t know if it’s the hoop itself, but I definitely think that I’ve gotten better at watching basketball and getting better at just being able to be myself on the court and being a good teammate.