Patrick O’Bryant Admits Shortcomings
Free-agent center Patrick O’Bryant did a terrible job of making a first impression on the NBA seven years ago.
He hopes this Charlotte Bobcats training camp becomes his do-over.
“I think I had a mentality of, ‘I’m the top draft pick, so they’re going to give me everything. I don’t have to work for it.’” O’Bryant recalled after practice Monday. “That was a completely wrong assumption on my part. It ended up that I had to play overseas for a few years. I got a really bad rep and now I have to work past that – prove to people I am different.”
“I have to show great work ethic, which has been one of my biggest faults to date – that I tend not to work very hard,” O’Bryant said. “I’m trying to show I turned the corner on that and prove I’ll do whatever it takes to stay in this league.”