FD Embedded Rookie Dispatches
Morris Almond is the FreeDarko Embedded Rookie and is kind enough to blog for us on the random things we want to know about behind-the-scenes NBA life.
The Rookie Photo Shoot went real well. Went strong from 9am all the way to 6pm. Long day. By the time it was time to go, my face was sore from taking so many pictures and holding all those poses and (unnatural) facial expressions. The professional photographers had our stances, positions, and facial expressions already in mind before we even showed up.
Shot all the photos in a big open practice facility, so while you were trying to manufacture a certain look for a particular shot at one of the stations, you had a handful of other fellow rookies behind the cameraman goofing off, dancing, and trying to make you laugh in all your shots. I don't know how many re-takes I had to do throughout the day after laughing at Aaron Brooks and Alando Tucker doing little choreographed dances behind my camera guy. So it was a day full of (sometimes awkwardly) fun moments. And the check we got afterwards made everything that much better.
Real positive buzz throughout the whole weekend. Now that the draft is long gone and summer league is over, everybody had like a different aura to them--definitely a lot more 'jolly' and 'chipper.' I had never seen (in person) or played against quite a few different rookies there, but that didn't make a difference at all; felt like I'd known them all year, through all the NBA coverage and media outlets.
The Rookie Transition Seminar takes place during the middle of September. Haven't heard many good reports from that event at all (long, boring, dull, etc.) so we'll see how that one goes.
Morris was the nation's third-leading scorer (26.4 points) during his senior season at Rice and graduated in may with a degree in kinesiology. A high school teammate of Atlanta's Josh Smith at McEachern High in Georgia, Almond will be looking to compete for the starting shooting guard spot with the Jazz this fall.
Read his pre-draft interview with Henry at True Hoop here, and here.