The 2010-2011 NBA season will be important for the career prospects of former IU forward D.J. White. After battling injuries during his first two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, White has appeared in a total of just 19 games and split time between the Thunder and the Tulsa 66ers, a D-League affiliate. He’s entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract.
White, who will be in Bloomington later this month for his second annual basketball camp, sat down with IUHoosiers.com for a Q & A, which is re-published below with permission from IU:
How has your rehab been going? Are you looking good for the start of the season?
“Recovery has been fine; just take it day by day. As of right now, I’m one hundred percent. Yes, I’m looking good for the season. I’ve been working out twice a day all summer in preparation and I’m looking forward to it.”
How have you avoided getting frustrated by your injuries?
“I just try to stay positive and not get down on myself. Things happen for a reason and it’s a part of basketball.”
When was the last time you were in Bloomington, and how often do you make it here?
“I was in Bloomington in July. I’ve been living in Indianapolis all summer and only made it down twice, so not as much as I wanted to.”
Your second annual camp is scheduled for September 18th, what makes you keep wanting to come back to your alma mater to do this?
“Bloomington and IU showed me a lot of love all four years I was there and I want to do my part to give back to the community that supported me and to give back to the kids that that grew up watching me, to teach them everything I’ve learned.”
What can kids expect by coming to your camp?
“Even though it’s only one day, kids can expect to learn different skills, ball handling, shooting, different techniques, as well as have fun in competition and games.”
Have you been able to see the new Cook Hall/are you looking forward to seeing it? What were your impressions?
“Yes, I have had the opportunity to see Cook Hall and I was very impressed with everything. I feel honored.”
What has been your best NBA moment so far? Has there been any moment that made you feel, “Wow, I’m in the NBA?”
“My biggest NBA moment so far was making the playoffs this year and taking the world champions (Lakers) to game six in the first round. Yes, being on the court with superstars and future hall of famers that I grew up watching.”
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