NBA All-Star Weekend is FINALLY HERE.
In New Orleans, Louisiana. Smoothie King Arena.
Home of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Formerly the New Orleans Hornets.
Who moved from Charlotte in 2002, where the All-Star game was suppose to be held, in North Carolina, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver moved it to New Orleans, due to the controversial Bathroom Bill signed, known as HB2.
The Charlotte Hornets moved back to Charlotte,
after the Bobcats changed back to the Hornets,
in 2014. Before the start of the 2014-15 season.
Of course, the owner is Michael Jordan.
Too bad, the All-Star game won't have a Los Angeles Lakers making the roster, since Kobe Bryant. Who played his final last year in Toronto, Ontario Canada is now officially retired. After 20 season all with the Lakers.
Winning 4 All-Star MVP's, and of course, was the youngest to ever play in the All-star game in 1998, At age 19 years of age.
The only All-Star game to feature Kobe and Jordan going head to head. (Jordan's last NBA Season as a Chicago Bull in 1998.) M.J would return in 2001 with the Washington Wizards, and participating in 2002 and 2003 NBA All-Star games, before retiring again.
Then at 40 years old age. For good.
No Laker will be at the All-Star Game since 1996.
20 years ago. Hard to believe, 2 Long decades.
D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram are
suppose to play, In the Rising Stars Challenge,
and Nick "Swaggy P' Young will be participating in
All-Star three point shooting contest.
Tonight and tommorrow respectively.
I might not watch the All-Star game,
like in year's past, because they're is
no Los Angeles Lakers participating
in the main event, on sunday evening.
Can't wait for the 2018 All-Star game.
Coming back here to Los Angeles, at
Staples Center, the third overall appearance.
Since the arena was build On October 1999.
2004 and 2011 respectively.
Shaq and Kobe (Former teammates)
took home MVP Award honors those years.
Shaquille O' Neal won the Award in 2004,
and Kobe Bryant won the Award in 2011.
And also were Co-MVP's in 2009 All-Star game.
When the game was held at U.S AirWays Center,
in Phoenix Arizonia. Home of the Phoenix Suns.
So, I'll just play it on NBA 2K17 video game.
On my Playstation 4 like I always do, everyday.
I Only will watch Ingram, Russell, and Swaggy P.
If no Lakers are participating, not one to say the least,
that even includes legends, or other L.A affiliates
associated with the Lakers team, or Los Angeles,
like say L.A Sparks, there's a good 50-50 chance,
I probably won't be watching it at all live on TNT.
15,000 tickets for E3 2017 will go on sale this coming today, February 13.
Having been two weeks already, that I have been on DeviantArt.
This now being my official second account. In almost 5 or 6 years.
Although this isn't exactly my first rodeo being on DeviantArt,
I was originally on here beginning way back in April 11th 2006.
I reactivated my DeviantArt account back in 2011.
(I was then known as Devon1984, at the time)
According to one of my last post with that username,
It look like it it may have been around April or May of 2012.
I came back on here, two weeks ago, after almost a 5-6 year hiatus.
To give DeviantArt another chance, as I've missed being on here a lot.
Honestly, I enjoy being on DeviantArt, than I do Facebook,
Twitter to be honest. Even on Youtube for that matter too,
these days. No Celebrities, No negativity, NO drama, etc.
Especially getting away from a Celebrity obssessed Idolatry enviornment,
like Twitter, which I've said in a previous post, is tedious & absolutely boring.
(Who wants to hear about some Celebrities own lifestyle????) I "HATE" Twitter.
Social Media in particular is not, nor has it ever been motivating,
to me, there's no "positivity" or any "upliftment" coming out of it.
All it gives me is anxiety, jealousy, anger, resentment, negative traits.
It's something that I don't need to be a part of at all,
considering I'm coping with Anxiety & Panic Attacks.
(Where as here On DeviantArt, it's actually been a positive opposite for me)
I Love meeting so many other beautifully talent gifted Artist,
and learning from, and seeking out as much advice as I possibly can,
in order to not only, draw again on a daily basis, the way I normally do,
for the very first time in my entire life since 2009 of April. (Almost a Decade)
But more importantly, to also getting better and better regardless,
in a variety of different ways, in a lot of areas, which to be honest,
I've been struggling in for many many many years now. I know it.
Even though I don't really know any of these people personally,
I feel from a professional standpoint, they'll be the keys to me being
inspired all over once again, getting back into drawing Artwork.
My Self-Esteem will be raised much much higher,
i'll feel confident, and continue believing in myself.
(I need to not let it developed into having a big inflated ego)
Block out all outside negative influence, negative words,
coming from negative people, or those who never even
drawn before in their entire lives. I know who I am as an Artist.
I'm not feeling like I'm going to compete with anyone,
nor really am trying to make it a never-ending competition.
I Just want to enjoy it, have fun again, but also personally and professionally speaking,
I want to continue learning from the very absolute best there is out there, now,
that I can consider taking all sorts of positive criticism as a sign of motivation,
instead of taking it personal like in years past. Which has become a problem for me.
It's how I developed this inferiority complex in the first place.
Something I've been coping with for almost a decade now.
I can't describe it, but It's made me Feel mentally uncomfortable,
and ending up making me feel very sensitive and very insecure.
It Feels like to me, I am not worthy to even draw again most times,
people used to assume I trace my drawings, never giving me props for
drawing, after balling up 30 sheets of paper to get the drawings right.
People assume I drawed sloppy. I draw one arm longer than the other.
One hand bigger or smaller than the other, I drawn the physique's wrong,
on some of the female characters, the physique will be like that of a man's.
The finger will look like claws, and not like actual fingers. I can't win for trying.
I'm not able to fully appreciate my free-handed drawings,
the only way I knew how to appreciating my own Artwork.
I've been used to negativtiy and listening to my own self criticism,
and it's been a sort of defense mechanism of sorts, because I was
so hurt. My feelings were hurt, and I often get offended or insulted,
because I always believe I was getting better and better each day.
I know, I DO need to get back into Drawing once again.
It's Time. The time is now. It's considered NOW or NEVER.
I miss it very much. I just need to boost my Self Esteem.
I need to renew my thoughts, my mind, heart, and spirit.
Hopefully this year in 2017 will BE that year FINALLY.
We will see... Miracles are happening each and everyday.
I just need to continue to believe. Just keep Believing.
Not just believe in others, but more importantly, MYSELF.
I've always viewed myself as being an underdog in life.
One who refuses to back down, not give up in the end,
even if it'll hurt me just a little bit. The risks are always worth it.
To me? It does.
The opinion of others should not matter,
outside my own confort zone, from home.
(I have done ALL my drawings from home)
As long as I'm having fun, and enjoying drawing.
That's all that really matters to me in the end.
But I should not be afraid to want to take advice,
or continue learning how to get better, which is
what I strive for, in order to take my artwork talents
to very next level. Take it to many places, I never knew
I could take them to. The sky's the limit for me heading forward.
I want to be like the Michael Jordan,
or the Kobe Bryant of the Art industry.
With a strong work ethic. Not easing up,
and not having many off-days, either.
Be considered one of the greatest ever amongs millions,
of other beautifully gifted talented Artists out there too.
In my own special and unique way.
With all due respect to everyone.
And i want to do it without having to desperately trying to impress people.
That's another old habit, that I need to get rid of moving forward this year.
I need to come back stronger, and be more motivated than ever.
With burning fiery passion, with anger in my eyes, kind of like
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder In the NBA.
As I said, I don't want to make it a competition, there's no losers.
Everyone is a winner, and everyone's talents and gifts are SPECIAL.
I do got a lot to prove to my past naysayers, detractors, out there,
I've heard all their negative remarks, those who have done nothing for me,
but put me down, always wanted me to fail in life. Not just personally speaking.
But Professionally, pursuing my goals and dreams,
which is hopefully going back to college sometime this year.
Becoming a Cartoonist. Video Game Designer / Developer,
Graphic Artist, Web Desginer. Like I was doing at Westwood College.
I'm not going to give up purusing my dreams.
I don't care what anyone else says anymore.
I've been through enough hurt, shedded enough tears already,
Been angry, scornful, with maximum pent-up rage building up inside,
from all those years of frustration. I now used ALL that Ammo as my MOTIVATION.
Because "Motivation is the KEY to MY SUCCESS" moving forward in life.
The future is looking bright already for me. I've always been a believer.
The past is the past, I'm focusing on the present moment each day at a time.
Just living in the present moment. Because it's all I've truly got at the moment.
- Devon (2-5-17)