Tough Times Don’t Last, Only Tough People

On October 1, 2017, I covered the Miami Heat’s preseason matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

After the game I had the opportunity to interview head coach Erik Spoelstra, veteran Udonis Haslem and rookie Bam Adebayo about starting your career.

I asked coach Spo, as you enter your tenth season what’s the best piece of advice would you give to your rookie self? He shared he would have coached his first playoff series differently. The former Heat video coordinator still loses sleep over losing that seven game series to the Hawks.

He said he should enjoy coaching more and is very grateful to have Pat Riley as his mentor. Coach Spo expressed, he couldn’t had a better set up to prepare him to be a head coach. He concluded by saying you have to go through making the mistakes.

Adebayo said patience will be the key in starting his career. He must not be selfish and learn from the veterans.

Haslem told me to be a sponge and absorb everything. He added to never be afraid to ask questions and stay focus and confident. There will be ups and downs, but don’t ever give up on what you are trying to accomplish.


Overtime with Daphnie:

Whenever you are starting something there are always a mix of emotions. In my case I’m always nervous and excited, however, sometimes fear takes over. I’m a very determined person, but I was afraid of failure. Especially, in this business I can’t tell you how many times people told me I won’t make it, let alone get in this tough and competitive business. I’m always told I need to have a plan B, because it’s nearly impossible.

When I turned 22, this past summer I told myself I won’t listen to the critics or the doubters and I will face everything and rise. I promise myself I will pray until something happened, seize every opportunity, put myself out there, and to never get discouraged.

I thank God everyday for the person I am now. As you may know my father died 10 days before graduation. I just started to apply for reporting jobs and was looking forward to starting my broadcasting career.

However, from April 2016- March 2017, I was experiencing one of the lowest points in my life. I was grieving the lost of my father, while still receiving rejection after rejection emails, and stressed over if I was going to get admitted to graduate school because my graduate record examination score didn’t meet the requirements.

After graduation, nothing was going right in my life. I didn’t receive any job offers and obtaining a Master’s degree online was something I no longer had interest in. I’m not even going to mention what was going on in my love life.

On February 2017, I considered a career change and to drop out of school. I still had faith in God, but I no longer had faith in my dreams. April 2017, I decided to revamp my resume and take one more shot at this. Nothing worth having will come easy.

Since turning 22, I have received so many amazing opportunities that I can’t wait to share with y’all. I just had to learn to let go and trust God. He knows the plans he has for me and everything will happen when he knows I’m ready. It took over a year to finally start my career and I still pray for the things I have now.




Miami Heat 30th Season Notes:

Miami, FLA. – The three-time NBA champions the Miami Heat tipped off their 30th season with a 96-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in a preseason game on October 1.

The regular season will now begin 2 1/2 weeks earlier on October 18 in Orlando. The league made that change to help players get more rest.

The Heat brought back 11 players from last season and is hoping to build off of the second half of last season’s 30-11 record success.

Miami Heat selected Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo with the 14th draft picked in the 2017 draft.

James Johnson is expected to be the starting power forward, after signing a four-year, $60 million deal.

Kelly Olynkyk signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Heat this summer.

Dion Waiters (219 pounds) came into this season training camp 15 pounds lighter than last year.

There is a new retail store up in the 300 level representing “The Culture” brand.

The organization is now paperless entry.

Due to the rescheduling of the Miami Dolphins hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 19, the Heat’s home matchup against the Indiana Pacers time has been changed from 3:30 p.m., to now 5:00 p.m.

Dwyane Wade will make $39 million for the one season he played with the Chicago Bulls. On September 27, Wade signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls had paid Michael Jordan $33 million in 1997-1998.

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder was arrested on Friday, September 29, 2017 on a misdemeanor battery charge in DeKalb County. Allegedly, Schroeder and three other people were arrested for fighting in a parking lot outside of a hookah bar on Buford Highway. The police report stated a video recording of the incident showed Schroeder “initiate contact” with the victim and four individuals hit the victim with their hands and feet. The victim complained of knee and ankle pain and was transported to Grady Hospital. Schroeder has been released on bail and finished the preseason game against Miami scoring 12 points, four rebounds, and five assist.

This season will be Tony Fiorentino’s 15th and final season as the team’s TV analyst. Eric Reid will still hold his position as the team’s play-by-play announcer, however, management felt a need to break-up the duo and wanted a change in the TV analyst role. After this season, Fiorentino will serve as both a Heat Ambassador and as the Director for the franchise’s basketball camp.


Overtime with Daphnie:

This reporting life is new to me.
Trying to balance my professional life and  personal life is exhausting. I’m not use to having to know all about EVERYTHING that is going on in the four major sports leagues and college sports, on top of working and completing my three latest projects.

I remember my earliest introduction to basketball was my sister trying to get me to stay up with her to watch the Heat win their first championship back in 2006. I was half-asleep as I watched Shaq and Wade celebrated. Fast forward 11 years later, sports have me wide awake and I can’t wait to cover my first championship series. I started to really watch basketball in 2009, when the Heat were hoping Michael Beasley will be their franchise player. That was the only way for me to see Beasley, however, I’m so grateful for all of those seasons staying home and learning basketball and the Heat culture.

Now, I’m no longer on the couch watching, I’m now reporting. Stay tune for my next story, which will be about starting off in your career.