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Rod Benson: The moment you hear that you’ve been traded, there are many, many emotions. I could go on for days about how many NBA guys I’ve been told sat in their locker and cried after hearing they were traded. I can understand that, for sure. I certainly didn’t shed a tear, mainly because I hadn’t been there long. Also, I did get traded from one of the worst teams to a team considered to make a run at the championship.
Rod Benson: In basketball, the most athletic guys are sometimes the guys you never want to see on the floor when the game counts. The biggest guys are the most awkward, and generally end up in foul trouble. Sure, the appeal to be more athletic exists for all basketball players. But from my experience, some guys don’t even want to lift that hard or change their bodies much, because their games are so fine-tuned. There are a wide range of body types and levels of athleticism in the league, and if a guy is lacking something, he will be more likely to say “that’s not my game,” then he will be to take a PED. Just look at KD. Skinny. Dynamic. Awesome. Proud. Never going to try to body anyone, no matter how many times Skip Bayless says that’s the only thing lacking from his game. I know that there are many types of PEDs that can aid in anything ranging from injury rehab, to overall athleticism. So in theory, players could take something just to recover from a microfracture surgery. It just seems to me that all the basketball players I know don’t think that risk is worth it.
Rod Benson: In certain countries, they give you blood tests, too. And guess what? They’re not just checking for PEDs, they’re checking for HIV’s, player. Every August overseas is a free, nerve-racking, HIV test that you never get the results for. You just get to keep playing if you don’t have it. What’s funny is that in all my years of playing, I’ve only ever heard of guys getting sent home for HIV and THC, but never PED.
Rod Benson: Further, for the most part you can’t get away with it. Us basketball players are tested and the process sucks. I’ve had tests in both the D-League, which uses the same method as the NBA, and overseas. They all suck. You never quite get used to walking directly off the floor after a game and being ushered into a random bathroom. You (I) almost never have the urge to urinate, and you find yourself standing there stark naked for 25 minutes while some dude stares directly at your genitals while trying to make small talk about how he gave Tim Duncan a test last week. I personally wouldn’t know how to cheat in that situation. The possibility of a whizzonator is completely out the window.
Rod Benson: The only time basketball players use the word “steroids” is when making fun of some dude on their team who is just big for no reason. My current teammate, Ira Clark, is pretty jacked, so it’s funny to say things like “lay off the juice, homie!” But I’ve never meant it. My reason is that I have literally never seen PEDs, seen another guy doing them, or heard of anyone doing anything like that in my entire life. Granted, I’m not in the NBA, but I’m still a part of the hoop fraternity, and it’s never come up. I’ve even recently asked numerous other players if they suspect anyone of having used PEDs, and they all say no. I may get a “well that MF-er Dwight is pretty damn big,” but even that is half-hearted. I’d say that at least guarantees that it’s not a steroid culture like people have claimed baseball to be during the home run record chase.
The D-League’s schedule isn’t complete and therefore not especially relevant at the time — especially considering there’s no way of knowing match-ups to watch or anything else worth breaking down. We’ll talk about that later, but first let’s instead enjoy the newest music video from Team Boom Tho. My favorite lyric is probably the “polliwog” mention, but the whole thing is pretty exceptional considering his first music video looked like this. Be sure to check out the Boom Tho Shop while paying special attention to the Swaggle Rock t-shirt if you’re still confused about what to buy me for birthday on September 23.
Benson has occasionally said that his blogging made him a less attractive prospect to NBA teams looking for help inside, and that’s certainly a strong possibility. But his writing has also made him one of the most welcome presences in basketball in the past decade, far more important than most D-League call-ups. In a just world, Benson could easily write and perform at whichever level of basketball he can reach based on the merits. That’s unfortunately not the case, but he remains an important part of the basketball world no matter what.
There’s much more where this came from, and the whole post is well worth your time. But this short passage displays everything that makes Benson such a valuable voice. He doesn’t hold anytihng back from his audience, including the kind of personal feelings that most people — in general, not just athletes — usually keep to themselves. Few basketball players are willing to get this deep, and none are able to do so with the skill of Benson.
Rod Benson: Truth of the matter is now I’m torn between making all the money there is to be made in the world, especially given my increased skills, or going back and trying it again. Let’s face it, with no one else to blame and no excuses to make, the only outcome from a failing performance would be heartbreak.
Rod Benson: I’m having a great season right now. Seriously, I’m doing things athletically that I’ve never done before. But why wasn’t this the case before? Because I spent my time blaming other things for my misfortune instead of doing what I’m doing now. Now I’m staying in instead of going out. I’m watching film. I’m lifting weights aggressively. I lost a little weight, even though I’m skinny, but now I don’t have to wear knee braces at all anymore, instead of the two I wore this summer that had Marqus Blakely say to me, “So your knees are just done? Already?”
Rod Benson: It seemed like we were destined for one another, but in 2010 I had to make the move and take my talents to South… Korea. The more time I spend here, the more I think about the reasons why I’m not there. The simple answer is that I’m not good enough, but it’s not so cut and dry as that. Still, if I could pull a Derrick Rose, to myself, then Blake Griffin on a team of Al Jeffersons, I wouldn’t just be in, I’d be the man. But let’s be honest, I’m just a slightly too skinny, misunderstood San Diegan (SD gets little respect in the ball “tough” factor), who spent most of his career in the D-League (the D-League gets just slightly more respect that San Diego). This was always an uphill fight and it didn’t help that, by blogging, I was fighting against myself.
Rod Benson: I have no choice at this point but to start blasting Kanye West’s The Blame Game as loudly as a 17-inch MacBook will play it (which is actually kind of annoyingly loud), lean back and reflect on my past year over a bowl of rice. For some reason, the song reminds me of a love song between myself and the NBA. “On the bathroom wall I wrote I’d rather argue with you than to be with someone else / I took a piss and dismiss it like %#^%^$ then I went and found somebody else”
Rod Benson: After my future collector’s items (the contracts) were signed, I was poised to make a graceful exit, but there was another matter to be handled. David Morway announced that there was something else. “Rod, we understand you’re a blogger. I’ve seen it. I think it’s good,” he started. “The thing is, here in town weve been dealing with a lot of issues in the past few years as far as our public image and our community perception. That’s not to say that you say bad things on your blog, it’s normal 25 year-old stuff on there. But to be safe, we thing it’s best that you take it down while you’re here. Your twitter page too.