Rod Benson’s Pacers Training Camp Diary, Vol. II

Rod Benson went through training camp with the Pacers. He has never played in the NBA (yet), but he has gained prominence in this internet hoops space for his blog Too Much Rod Benson and just his general Boom Tho-ness.

During his Pacers stint, however, he was asked to shut down his blog. Not sure if you have heard, but the franchise has some image problems, and even though Benson is reportedly a very nice, upstanding gentlemen who just happens to be a little goofy, the team didn’t want to take any chances. Rod was fine with going offline for a while but now he’s releasing the diary he kept.

We checked in on his first Pacers-centric entry last week, and today he has another. This one talks about his talks with Larry Bird about his blogging.

We stood up and shook hands. I walked out of the room and took a minute to collect myself. Larry Bird just asked me to stop blogging. It was such an unexpected five minutes, to say the least. Truth be told, I had always expected someone to ask me to give it up in the name of the team. It was something I had been prepared to do for quite some time, actually. And, to be honest, I didn’t really want the pressure of updating the fans while in Indy anyways. Their request was welcomed. I can just focus on hoops now.

Life is funny sometimes when you realize that something has come full circle. I started toomuchrodbenson.com just over three years ago and today, it came to its end. Well, it aint dead, but it’s at least in a coma. When I think about its conception and birth, I realize how different the circumstances are.

He goes on to tell the genesis tale of TooMuchRodBenson.com, and it’s actually a really good story told well. Go read that.

Then he gets back into the blog’s “coma” stage.

So, when Larry Bird asked me to shut down the blog for a while, I realized that I enjoy it, a lot, but I don’t need it anymore. I’m a great player because of it all, but I can be without it too. My Boom-Tho-Ness exudes all the times. Heck, I’m listening to my Boom Tho Mixtape right now as I write this. TMRB started with a basketball failure, and it was put down today while I stand at the doorstep of basketball success.

Media is a reminder of that. I took a million pictures today. I did interviews and videos, the whole nine yards. There’s nothing like doing a photoshoot with Troy Murphy to remind you that you’re doing something big. No, I didn’t make the Sacramento Kings summer league roster, but I sure as hell made the Pacers training camp roster, and I’ve got something to prove.

May the Boom Tho be with you.

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