Today’s blog post will be somewhat of a rant. As you can see from the picture accompanying this, I get hit up quite often by players that would like to play overseas. 98% of the guys and girls that hit me up, are respectful and are seeking advice, which I am happy to give. But those 2% drive me up the wall. I mean, if you cannot take a minute to look through my page and take note of what I do, why should I take time out of my day to try and help you? I am not sure why, but lately I have gotten quite a few of the same messages. “Can you get me a job overseas?” No hello or anything. I equate it to a record executive walking down the street and people wanting to rap, sing or putting a demo tape in their hand. I am all for the grind and the hustle, but come correct or not at all.
To me, that is a lack of respect, and now I have just started blocking these people right away. It is a waste of my time to explain that I am not an agent, and I do not refer players (especially ones who I have never seen play) to my contacts in the basketball world. I used to write back until one especially hard-headed guy told me I should watch his highlight tapes and then I would know his game. Nah, not doing it. I told this guy respectfully that he is going about it in the wrong way and I most definitely would not be watching his highlight tape because I am also not in the business of evaluating players. In addition, I told him that I hate watching highlight tapes for various reasons. He then told me to “fuck off.” That experience did it for me, no more explanations, I am just hitting the block button from now on.
I do what I do for the love of the game and to give back. Except for the book, the advice I give is free without wanting anything in return. If people are looking for a handout or a shortcut to doing the work, they are barking up the wrong tree with me. I might have been lucky with my career, but I did the work to ensure my luck. I understand not everyone has the profile I did, or the exposure, which is why I will always do my best to help those in need…IF they come correct. Ok, enough of my ranting… let us get back to the positive! Just needed to get that off my chest.
Thank you for taking the time to read my words!