McLemore's Blog: Trip to China
Stay tuned throughout the week as I share my experience in China with the NBA!
Monday, August 18, 2014
What’s up Kings fans?
Right now, I’m here in Shanghai, China. I got here a couple days ago and I think that was by far the longest flight I’ve ever been on in my entire life.
It wasn’t that bad though – for the first half of the flight, I stayed up watching a couple movies and the rest of the flight, I got some rest. Now I’m here with the NBA getting to know China. It’s my first time being over here and I’m enjoying it so far.
I landed around 6 p.m. and then we had to drive about an hour to our hotel. Once we got there, we had something to eat and unpacked. The food has been good – I actually tried authentic Chinese food for the first time the other day. That was something I really wanted to do and hopefully by the time I leave here, I’ve tried a lot of new things. When I come back in October with the rest of the team, I should have a couple good food spots and be able to show the guys around.
Yesterday, I had a meet-and-greet with fans to promote the NBA and global games.
I was able to interact with a lot of people even though it was raining when the event started. That caused a bit of a delay, but it was still packed – you couldn’t move around a lot. The fans over here are so excited about basketball – they just really love the game.
— Ben McLemore (@BenMcLemore) August 18, 2014
Like I said, I’m very excited to be here and have this opportunity.
Today, I’m going to the Shanghai Baoshan District Basketball Summer Camp and then tomorrow I’ll go on a city tour. It should be fun!
That’s all I have for today, but thank you for the support, Kings fans and for following me throughout my China visit. Stay tuned to Kings.com for more updates from my trip.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hey, Kings fans!
This has been a pretty crazy experience for me so far, especially since it’s my first time being in China. Right now, I’m in Hangzhou – the capital of Zhejiang. It was actually a pretty nice day today – it’s been raining for a couple of days here, delaying some of the events we’ve been going to, but today was great!
This morning I hit the gym, had a solid workout and got some shots up. You know me, I have to stay fit and prepare for the upcoming season.
— Ben McLemore (@BenMcLemore) August 21, 2014
After the gym, we took a boat ride across an ancient lake called West Lake, which has all kinds of temples, gardens and artificial islands within the lake - it was really fun. Tonight, I’m going check out the night scene in Hangzhou and then tomorrow, I’ll be holding a basketball camp to continue to work with young kids trying to learn the game.
I’m starting to get into a routine, but the time difference is still killing me. After I’m done with all my appearances and events for the day, I look at the clock and it’s only 1 or 2 in the afternoon and I’m ready to go to sleep. So I end up wide awake in the middle of the night. I actually called my mom the other night and she asked me what time it was. I told her it was 3 a.m. and she couldn’t believe that I was awake! It’s definitely been a big adjustment with the time difference.
The food has been pretty good over here so far. We went out to a family-style restaurant the other night and ordered a ton – we ended up getting plates of beef, rice and shrimp. I also tried some native Chinese foods, which was actually really good.
— Ben McLemore (@BenMcLemore) August 20, 2014
I still have a lot of activities planned for the end of my trip before I leave on Monday, but I look forward to coming back to the states and seeing everyone soon. Stay tuned for more updates as I round out my adventures this week!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Hey Kings fans!
Yesterday, I had another clinic with the kids in Hangzhou, we went over the fundamentals like; ball handling, defensive slides, crossovers, between the legs and stuff like that. It was a pretty fun activity and great to interact with the fans again. The kids were very energetic. It was a really cool atmosphere because they’re always happy and excited to learn and get better. They really know the game of basketball in China - they’re all fanatics.
Friday, I got a chance to go to a green tea house, and that was pretty cool. Hopefully I’ll have some more pictures coming soon so everybody can see my experience, but it as definitely a great opportunity to see the different culture here and different style of green tea and how they make it and how natural it is. They explained so much about how it helps you in so many ways. So I want to change it up and start drinking some green tea. It’s important for your health – I’m actually going to bring some back for my mom and everybody.
I’ve been trying to learn Chinese while I’ve been here; asking how to say things, and it’s tough! It is a really difficult language to learn. One word, if said in a higher pitch or a lower pitch, can mean two totally different things. I did learn how to say hello and thank you though, so that has been really helpful.
Today is my last official day, but it’s kind of the same routine today. I’ll have an appearance, clinic, and interviews and then I leave tomorrow morning.
I’m really excited that I get to come back in about a month with my teammates. I keep telling the fans how great it is to be out here. I’m trying to pick up some tips for some good places to take them. It’s going to be really fun to get to come back and do things I was unable to do this trip, like see the Great Wall of China and Beijing.
Thanks again for following along with me during my trip to China! I can’t wait to get back and get to work for the upcoming season. Go Kings!