"It was a little bit of NBA 2KMT Coins , but at the end of the day a team's going to do what they want with you,'' he says. "It didn't really hurt me. It just motivated me a bit more. I've got to prove something, and I was able to start doing that this year. I showed a little of what I can do.''

His perspective is driven by the urgency to take advantage while he can. There is a humility to him -- a quiet understanding that he is owed nothing, that nothing is guaranteed, that he must seize the opportunity while it is within reach.