Here we are. Training Camp 2018 is upon us. It feels like it’s taken forever to get back to this point, where I can put on the green and white and play with my teammates again, kind of for the first time. And I feel like, in a lot of ways, things have come full circle for me personally.

We all hate to go through adversity, but often a lot of good comes from it, and for me, I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last year. I’ve learned that I’ve got a lot of fight in me, a lot of perseverance to keep going. My passion for this game has been refueled. When you can’t play, you just want to be around the game, and in the gym, and watching film, and doing those types of things. I want to play basketball so badly right now. I can’t wait.

I can say proudly that I haven’t missed a single day of rehab since I got hurt. From the little things back when the injury first occurred, through the setback with having a second surgery to have my hardware removed this spring, right down to every three-on-three and five-on-five over the past several weeks, I’ve shown up and put in the work to get back to this point. I’m extremely proud of that.

It has been a lot of work. There is no denying that. But, looking back it has all been worth it to be where I am right now, in Boston, with my teammates, with the start of training camp just days away.

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