Has taking the All NBA Arenas challenge given you a new respect for how pro athletes handle the travel? Just going to watch the games is tough, they have to play.
It’s not only deepened my appreciation for players, coaches and beat writers. I’ve been able to empathize with them. I mean they get to fly on chartered planes and I flew coach for 30 days. Sixteen of the 20 flights had connections, so that’s 36 separate take offs and landings. It got brutal. Imagine having to do that and have to play at a high level is something that I have deepened my appreciation for. Fans don't see the whole trip, they see the end result. Sometimes the players are sick or hurt. I just have to sit in a seats with no pressures or expectations.
You got to see some cool things on the trip: Magic Johnson’s statue, The Alamo, The gym from the movie Hoosiers was filmed. Give me the five most memorable sites you saw or visited.
The Hoosiers experience literally gave me goosebumps, so that’s in the top five. Number two would be the Blues City Cafe here in Memphis because they had mazing ribs. While in Miami, I got to go the beach in south beach, which is a good thing when you’re from from New York and it’s freezing in New York City. This one is memorable, not sure its a good thing I spent thanksgiving in Cleveland at a casino buffet. You don’t forget that. And finally, seeing the MJ statue was big for me.
One thing I'd add was going to two games with my dad. He picked me up in DC off of a flight and we went to the Wizards game that night. The next morning we woke up and drove to Charlotte for the Bobcats game.