Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.
I try to make it look easy, but the behind-the-scenes stuff is the challenge.
I've always believed that success for anyone is all about drive, dedication, and desire, but for me, it's also been about confidence and faith.
To excel at the highest level - or any level, really - you need to believe in yourself, and hands down, one of the biggest contributors to my self-confidence has been private coaching.
Control your own destiny! Control your own destiny!
I have allergies, and I've had my share of nosebleeds, but that's usually related to pollen.
We knew sports was important to us and our family, but there are priorities in life.Obviously, faith is foremost; how we did in school is important. If we didn't handle that business then there were no privileges.
It's kind of a weird process being pitched by the company you're already with.
It doesn't matter where you come from, what you have or don't have, what you lack, or what you have too much of. But all you need to have is faith in God, an undying passion for what you do and what you choose to do in this life, and a relentless drive and the will to do whatever it takes to be successful in whatever you put your mind to.
I struggle off the tee. If I can hit my driver straight, then I'm usually playing well.
I'm blessed to have such a tight-knit family that we can talk about anything. Whether we talk frequently or not, since we're on separate ends of the country, there are a lot of moving parts, and we always stay tight and find that center ground that keeps us together.
It's really annoying for me. That's not what I'm playing for, to be the face of the NBA or to be this or that or to take LeBron's throne or whatever.
I always have an optimistic view, no matter what it is.
That feeling is so intoxicating, walking off the court holding the Larry O'Brien trophy. So I just want to do that again.
I just feel so much more comfortable and confident every game I play.
When I step forward on the floor, I have the confidence that I'm the best player playing that night and that I am the most prepared at what I need to be doing.
My dad has kind of been the standard for me, he played 16 years in the league, and since I've been in the league, every year that I go through and deal with the scratches, the bumps and bruises, just the grind that it is to go through one NBA season.
My parents had us in church every Sunday, every Wednesday. It was more of a tradition at that point; I didn't have a personal relationship with the Lord until I went to the altar call one Sunday, and the youth pastor told us to make a decision for ourselves.
I like that Brita makes tap water taste good, so you don't need to spend money or waste plastic with bottled water.
In the NBA, you're never immune to rumors and trade rumors and free agency stuff.
Honestly, I could care less about other people's opinions about me.
You have so much fun playing games. We all love basketball, so we never want the season to end, 'cause then it's five months of sitting around and watching the playoffs.
Most home teams have chapels, so when I'm on the road I'll probably go to their services.
You can play fast but not in a hurry. As a point guard, I can dictate that.
I always have confidence, whether I miss four in a row or make four in a row, that the next one's going in. To a coach, sometimes that might not make sense.
To win MVP was a dream come true for sure, but there are guys who have done this multiple times.
I try to do the fancy things out there by going with both hands, making crossover moves, and having a certain creativity and flair to my game.
The biggest thing is just routine. I think that's the biggest correlation between golfers and basketball players.
I wasn't going to shy away from getting married when I did and having a baby young and starting a family, even with the job that I chose.
Water is my drink.
I'm very active on social media and see the huge impact it has on engaging with fans and being able to have a voice.
The vibe in our locker room is real energetic and fun and real personable, I think from Day 1. That gets you through a lot of tough times, where in hard times, it might be common nature for guys to do their own thing and split up and become silent.
Whatever that means, however you got on that mountain, why not try to climb it? And do it in your own way.
I had talked to a lot of people in Golden State's front offices before the draft. They said they liked me, but they had a lot of guards, so I didn't think that I would end up there.
Hopefully I won't be the last big splash at Under Armour.
I'm 6'3" and 185 pounds on a good day, so I probably relate more to the casual fan who watches the game and is not super athletic, not this crazy monster of physical stature.
Sometimes people make it seem like you have to have certain prerequisites or a crazy life story in order to be successful in this world. But the truth is you really don't.
I am pretty chill before games. Have a go-to routine that keeps me busy until we are ready to take the court so I'm not just sitting around anxious for the game.
I expected to be a pretty good NBA point guard and hopefully win a championship. But MVP and all this stuff? Not really.
I am not a BART regular but have taken it probably five times to and from the city with some of my teammates. Nice to just hop on the train and enjoy some of the views of the Bay Area while I'm out.
I have fun out there on the court, smiling, laughing, trying to have good demeanor.
For me, I don't want to cheat the game by saying, or kind of doing lip service by saying, I want to be the greatest ever. I want to be able to show it.
With the NBA's dress code, I had to revamp my wardrobe a little bit. They call it 'business casual.' You have to wear dress jeans or dress slacks, with a collared shirt or sweater. And you can't wear athletic shoes.
Recently partnered with Express Men as a brand ambassador, so my closet is full of the new fashion trends and styles that keep me fresh for games.
You know, I'm trying to chase rings, and that's all I'm about. So that's where the conversation stops for me.
I never looked at my mantel and envisioned an MVP trophy sitting there. This is pretty crazy.
Everybody asks if putting is like shooting free throws. It has a very similar kind of mindset. And it's just you, the ball, and the target.
There's a reason that I have confidence out there, and it's about how I prepare for games and for series and seasons and whatnot, so we've got to stick with that kind of thought process.
We have a great group of guys that really sacrifice every night, care about each other, and try to play the right away.
I'm not in the business of ranking or debating who is what.
Once it gets down to single-digit games, you know the season's end is approaching, and we're all pretty physically tired.
It's crazy how fast you get out of shape if you miss a couple days of action.
Someone did a graphic of me in my jersey, and Jordan, they dubbed him guarding me, and Kanye's face was on both of us. That's my favorite meme of all time - or so far to-date. I'm gonna have to get that blown up on my wall or something.
Any East Coast road trip we have is very exciting, just being on the road, taking it all in.
Your touch and your feel for the game is pretty much gone if you don't work on it - at least get some shots up or dribble the ball.
I know the blessing of having a dad who played 16 years in the league. That experience, and seeing him as an example, let me know that it's possible. It's not easy, but it's possible.
I have certain guys who I looked up to. Jordan, Kobe, those guys. Passing that on to doing my part to kind of keep that influence of basketball where it should be is kind of why I play the game.
That summer after the draft was probably the most fun I've ever had, because all I had to do every day was wake up and go work out for four or five hours. I got to play some golf, which I love to do, too, and then got to hang out with my family.
If you can't move and talk to people that you see, it's not really my scene.
I know what I do for my team and what my teammates expect of me on both ends of the floor.
Steak and Shake in Indianapolis is definitely the first stop when we hit that city.
When I moved out, my mom and dad came to help me get settled into my apartment - a place I ultimately got hooked up with in Coach Nelson's building. We had to figure out how to get all my shoes over here. That was a little stressful.
With all the travel we're doing to cold-weather cities, your mind definitely starts to wander. It gets you away from the game. Even when you arrive in a city, you're tempted to just sit in your hotel and rest. Sometimes it's nice to just get out and walk around, to see what's there.
Right after the draft, when I came out to Oakland, there was a press conference and a dinner with the owner, GM, and Coach Nelson. We did some sightseeing and some house searching the next day, but to be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. I tried to find a spot close to our gym, because I figured that's where I'd spend most of my time.
There are so many things we have to overcome in this life with Jesus, His work on the cross. He's paid the ultimate price for us, so I'm proud to be a child of God.
Playing basketball all my life, I've collected a lot of different basketball shoes. It's pretty much all I wear.
The last game I played in college was in the NIT against St. Mary's. That was the first time I had come to the Oakland area. So, the last game I played in college and the first game of my NBA career were out here in the Bay Area. It's pretty cool.
Back in Oakland, we have a lot of food in the locker room, but on the road, it's mostly just fruit. So we have to prepare differently. But really, once you get to the gym, everything on the road is pretty much the same.
All of us are in the same place, each with our own rooms, and we were allowed to do whatever we wanted. Which is totally different than college, where they manage your schedule for you. In the NBA, you're on your own.
In college, a loss is pretty devastating. That feeling kind of goes away in an 82-game season. You hate to lose, but you also have a lot more games to make up for it.
I want people to understand they have to live their own lives the way they want to and not just do what we do.
A wet spot on the floor kind of put a scare in myself, so you never know inside those lines what might happen.
Most of the stuff I try in a game, in the moment, I have supreme confidence I'm going to execute it.
I don't like people looking at someone else's image.
I want to thank God, obviously for the health, for the talent He's given me, for my family who supports me, for the things that basketball's taught me on and off the court. For the people that I've been able to meet through the game of basketball.
We're not going to go 82-0 and blow everybody out. We are going to be challenged.
I've been blessed in that regard through and through. So I'm just thankful for this opportunity to play the game that I love and share that with the world.
We're going to have to work. We're going to have to play well. Nothing will be given to us.
FaceTime helps me a lot. I feel like I'm at home even though I'm not.
I've taken countless shots in my life, so you know the ones when you're in rhythm, with a perfect release, and it's on track, that it's going in.
Basketball is booming, and it's not just an Under Armour standpoint: it's about the game itself. Kids going out and playing and being inspired by what we do on the court.
The more minutes you play and the more grind and physical play you endure through the course of a season, you have to re-charge and get your body right for the next season. Be in that weight room and conditioning and that kind of deal.
Some of the stuff I do on the court is what most people think they can do.
I think about the milestones from my childhood and what it will be like to watch our kids go through them. Taking Riley to her first day of school was a whirlwind. I can't imagine what middle school is going to be like, and high school, and graduation.
To be able to finish opportunities that I do get in the paint, that makes a difference.
For me, when you are have people wondering what is next, what is coming out, you are on the right track.
I won't have to do any major changes to continue my career a long way, hopefully. Just hopefully stay healthy and be able to help a team out as I go through and still play at a pretty high level.
I shoot the ball so well that sometimes you fall in love with it and think it'll get you out of certain situations.
The way I try to represent my family and coaches, I think all are characteristics the league aspires to portray. That's just who I am.
Shooting the ball is a part of the game. Everybody can shoot in their own way. Not everybody can make. But everybody can shoot.
People have told me, 'You shouldn't bring your daughter onto the podium, 'cause it's the workplace,' and things like that. But I'm not gonna really listen to that. I'm gonna do what I think is fun for me and my family, and everything'll be all right.
I'm just blessed, man, to be able to represent solidarity with the small schools I went to.
A lot of guys are able to separate how they act off the court versus how they act on the court.
Obviously everybody, if you're playing in the league, you've got to have somewhat of an ego about how you play the game.
I can't jump the highest. I'm obviously not the biggest, not the strongest.
I hope to play until I'm, like, 38 or something, and that's a lot of years in the game and a lot of travel and a lot of sacrifice on my family's part.
On the court, I want to try and get to the free-throw line a little more. And as a point guard, you can always get better at your decision-making and limiting your mistakes.
You learn that there's no right way to do it, no wrong way to do it. It's just what you feel comfortable with, to trust that, and don't let anybody box you in to a certain style of parenting or make you feel a certain way about what your kids do.
I've been blessed with talents to play this game and been put on a stage to impact a lot of people. I don't want to take that for granted.