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Baron arrived in Beijing on Sept. 11 to prepare for the exhibition, but he also took the time to see the sites and take in the culture. To tell you all about his experiences in his own words, Baron blogs below ...
Friday, September 14
On Thursday night, we had a charity dinner where we raised over a million U.S. dollars auctioning off a lot of items. It was great to see a bunch of Chinese government officials there, as well as corporate sponsors and a lot of live performances. It was just an awesome experience to really be able to bask into the culture and experience it on this level.
Since we’ve gotten here, we have come up with a ton of different ideas that I can bring back to the states, to Southern California as well as the Bay Area and do some things to help raise money for local charities and local foundations.
Next up is the game. I’m going to go back to the hotel to take a nap and then it’s off to the game. It looks like we’re getting close to raising more than $2.5 million for underprivileged kids in China.
WHAT A PLACE
We’ve been doing a lot of stuff together. We have had a lot of media responsibilities, but I’ve also had a lot of time to enjoy my time with the guys and just tour the city and get a great experience. One of the reasons we’re having a lot of fun is just laughing and joking and having a great time.
MORE THAN I EXPECTED
Yao Ming is humongous. He’s like a rock star – he is a rock star here. To me it’s kind of mind boggling to see so many people and how they all gravitate toward him and how he is basically their sports leader in this country.
Speaking of talented centers, my heart goes out to Greg Oden. He’s a nice kid and the good thing about it is he is a young kid and he’ll have some time to develop and get stronger. I hate to see that. Any time anybody gets injured, being a guy who has been injured, it’s just hard. I would just tell him to keep his head up and just work hard and try to get better. I know he’s a strong kid. I just want him to use the opportunity to just grow in basketball mentally and focus on being on being back on the court next year and I look forward to seeing him out there on the floor. I know he’s going to be back out there, but it’s going to be a tough mental process. He needs to just keep his head up, keep working, and keep driving. He has a lot of time on his side at 19 years old.
IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA
NEXT UP … TRAINING CAMP
Thanks for reading my blog, and I will see you when I return to the States.
Thursday, September 13
THE LONG TRIP TO CHINA
TAKING IT ALL IN
We all went to the Forbidden City on Wednesday, and it was probably one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my life. There’s so much history and culture, and it’s great to have the chance to experience it first-hand. We also went to Tiananmen Square, which was another incredible experience. Everything is so eye-opening not only for me, but for all of us who came over here. I’ll be here until Saturday, so I’m looking forward to seeing even more of the culture and history here.
WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT
It’s been great hanging out with Steve. He’s an amazing guy. We’ve been talking and brainstorming about different things we want to do, and I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve never had the opportunity to sit and talk with him about a lot of these ideas, so it’s been cool to come together like this.
Once I get back to the states, it will be just a couple weeks until we start training camp. I’m really looking forward to seeing my coach and my teammates and getting this thing off to a great start.
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