An Argentinian Pablo Prigioni fan left this in one of our threads. Thought everyone might want to take a look at it.
Now I know a different world - December 4, 2012
Playing in the NBA is different from everything else. The difference with any other team in the world is in the degree of organization. I came to realize this after a little detail in our first trip with the Knicks: the private plane landed right next to our cars, parked with the lights and the heater on, ready for us to drive them home. Not to talk about the plane, which has huge seats for players, making longer trips much more comfortable. Our plane is shared with the NY Rangers.
There is a big infrastructure surrounding our team. There are a lot of people working to assist with every detail. For example, we have two cooks at the training facility making food all the time for players. Two dietitians come here twice a week to make sure we are eating healthy food. It was at the training facility that all health check-ups prior to the season were performed. They even set up the dentist’s office there! When I first arrived in the city with my family, the Knicks appointed 3 assistants for me: one for doing paperwork, another one for house shopping, and a lady to find a school for my kids.
We finally settled in White Plains, close to the Knicks training facility and less than an hour’s drive from Manhattan. Playing in New York is special because it is one of the best cities in the world. Thousands of tourists come to our games at the MSG as another attraction. They take it as seeing a Broadway play or visiting the Statue of Liberty or going up the Empire State Building. I got to do some sightseeing the first three weeks when we shared a lot of time with Mirza Teletovic’s family, a center from Bosnia who played with me three years in Spain and now happens to have joined the Brooklyn Nets.
The team is in good spirits thanks to a good season start. I have already been noticed in public in a few places. One morning I walked into a supermarket, a shop assistant came to me and as we fist bumped he congratulated me on the game the night before. I am also surprised by the large number of reporters covering the Knicks. After playing the Washington Wizards, I had 20 reporters surrounding me at the locker room. One of them told me: “You now realize what it means to have a good game playing for the Knicks?”. Not even playing for Real Madrid did I see so many reporters... My only problem is I suffer through the interviews in English, but I’m not ashamed to ask if I didn’t understand something. I am little by little getting familiar with the language, as with this new world.