Sunday, December 27, 2009

Diary Of A Baller: Jalen Henriquez (New Jersey) Entry #12

Hello Basketball World

This past week have been a bit hectic, last Thursday I had my last holiday concert at my school which went ok, I then went out to dinner after with a couple friends, and had a good time. When I got home that night I felt extremely sick. What I felt was a virus putting me in the hospital for two days. When I finally got healthy again it was fortunately on Christmas Eve. Christmas for me was good, I got what I asked for and had a good time with family and friends and hope it was the same, if not better, for all. I mainly want to talk about the experience of meeting Kobe Bryant, this was an amazing experience and one of the best I have ever had. The way I got in was because my godfather, who is DJ Ted smooth, got me into an event that Kobe was at. Kobe was doing drills which I got a chance to help the young kids with, and he also gave a speech telling kids to never give up in life no matter what obstacles are in the way, also to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. I was able to get a picture with Kobe, an autograph basketball and the speech was big also. Although I have heard to never let anyone tell me I can’t do something numerous times this time really hit home because it was Kobe Bryant, arguably the greatest player in the world right now, right there in front of me talking to me and all the others about the one thing him and I have in common, the love of the game. Sunday, I will be going to a Christmas Tournament in River Dell New Jersey with my AAU Coach, Coach Ozzie and my Dad to watch some high school teams. This week I am also off from school and plan on working out, relaxing, and hanging out with friends to just have fun. These two weeks of vacation is a real gift after I have been working very hard in school with studying and tutoring for high school exams, my next semester I will continue to work extremely hard and still can’t wait for my AAU season to start!

Young One Out…