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SLAM Magazine is hosting Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon's diary as he progresses through the 2014-2015 campaign. Here's Part 1 which I'm posting below as well. The 19-year-old has quickly impressed the SLAM staff. This follows the 7-part rookie diary that Victor Oladipo participated in last season.
Hey it's AG. I'm from San Jose, CA, and I have an older brother and sister, both high-level athletes. Growing up, I was always pushed, whether it was food, attention, whatever; I was always pushed by my siblings. That's what's made me and motivated me. My brother is on the threshold of getting into the NBA, and he used to get all the recognition. I would look at his college letters and that would motivate me.
I always knew I wanted to be in the NBA, but it became a goal after my freshman year, when people were debating the one-and-done rule. I had a good year of AAU and told my HS coach, "I'm going to get as good as possible by my senior year so if they change the rule back, I can do that." But one of the best things I've ever done is go to the University of Arizona. I came to understand about winning and pressure there.
About 10 minutes before the Draft, my agent told me I going No. 4 to Orlando. I turned to my brother and told him, and I almost broke down. I knew it was on TV so I composed myself, but after I let the emotions ride. All I had was happiness in me, and I knew how proud my family was.
I'm in the process of getting settled in Orlando. My sister will be with me, and her and my mom did most of the decorating. I made sure we had a poster of the yin and yang symbol, though. We also got a pool table, bar stools and sushi plates. It's going to be hot! I also leased a matte black Jag.
If the season started tomorrow I would be juiced, so hyped. I'm playing with the best players in the world, I couldn't have better rookies or teammates, and now I get to try and stand out like I know I can.