Hi, Red’s Army readers and Celtics fans. Walter McCarty has graciously agreed to do a few blogs for Red’s Army so he can give his perspective on the NBA, the Celtics and life after hoops. Here’s part one of the series. Go C’s. -@sambot5k
On Being A Rookie
Leading up to the ’96 NBA Draft I was a bit road weary from working out for all the teams. I was very anxious, nervous and elated — all at the same time. After I was drafted, I wanted to prove that I was the right choice and that I belonged in the league. I needed to fit in and compete for playing time.
My situation was a bit tough because the Knicks drafted 3 players who were very similar. It was a little odd. We not only had the task of being good teammates, we also had to compete for the same spots while trying to co-exist together.
The biggest learning curve for me was tempo. At Kentucky I was used to playing a chaotic, up-tempo, full-court pressure type of basketball. Once I got to camp with the Knicks I had to adjust my game...