Took a year off of basketball to start this Skyblue lifestyle brand, because I felt it was the perfect time to do so. I had just moved to Hollywood (crazy story behind that) and my vision of what I wanted for my life became more clear. I wanted to take this "Skyblue" lifestyle to a whole new level. I wanted to make it official. I wanted to make it something that not only my friends felt, but the whole world felt. And most of all, I wanted to start building for my family.
Fast forward to a year later; I couldn't be more happy with the decision I made. I sacrificed a year of playing pro ball, to start building something that I know will last forever. People ask me,
"You still got it?"
"Can you still dunk?"
"You ever play anymore?"
I play/workout almost every single day. You know what happens with that, you start asking yourself and peers start asking you,
"You going to try to play again?"
Yes, I am. I know for a fact I can play at the highest level with the best players, now it's all about me staying focused and dealing with the speed bumps along the way. One major speed bump for me is when I got dismissed from my college team for failing drug test for marijuana. Although this was 4 years ago in 2012, I still understand how past events can effect future results. I can whine and complain and blame others for my mistakes, but I refuse to do so. Everything that has happened to me in my life is my issue and like my uncle always told me,
"You have to pay the cost to be the boss."
Well, that's what I've been doing for the last 4 years of my life. Some of my friends are huge partiers (which is 100% fine), but I haven't been out with them in years. I'll go out sparingly, but definitely not like I used to. Not because I don't like going out. Not because it's not fun to me. Not because I judge people who party. The reason I took a step back is to put my 10,000 hrs of work in. In college, when I should've been working, I was too busy partying. So now, I have no problem putting in this work, so I can prosper later.
I say all that to say, my past is my past. I no longer think smoking the most weed is cool. I no longer think showing up to events high as hell is cool. I no longer think that living like a rapper (especially when I don't have rapper $) is cool. I was 21 years old, making every decision on my own. I had no guidance. My big brother, Tre Simmons was playing ball overseas and my big homie Goof was a whole state away from me. Of course they said the right things to me, but me being the intelligent person that I am, I always knew the right things to say back. I had other "big homies" but they had no good influence on my future. Now that I look back, I wouldn't say that I regret having them around, but I FOR SURE would do it completely different.
Now that I'm a bit wiser and have surrounded myself with better people, I have real goals to chase. My lifestyle brand, Skyblue, will be huge one day. That's for sure. But I want to make it clear, I can play basketball with and against the best players in the world. To the teams out there that deny my reentry to the game, let it be because of something else besides a failed drug test 4 years ago in college. I have never been arrested and I have never been in any major trouble.
Let me ball out and continue to build the Moore legacy.