Terrel Harris has played on plenty of basketball teams. From AAU to Oklahoma State, from overseas to the developmental league, it's been a long hoops journey in a short period of time.
But nothing compares to what he experienced this season as a member of the highly scrutinized and constantly analyzed Miami Heat.
From his first day in training camp to his arrival in Oklahoma City for this year's NBA Finals, Harris has seen a lot. At Monday's media day, he talked about some of those experiences:
Q: It's got to be crazy to be a part of this team. Is it the media circus that it appears to be?
A: It's not a circus, I'll tell you that much. I know how it is because I was on the outside like all you guys were, on the outside looking in. So I know what it seems like. But now that I'm here, I mean this is the most structured, disciplined place ever. This organization is strict, very well disciplined and it's a family. Nothing at all what it's made up to be.
Does that come from the top and Pat Riley?
Yeah, he's a very disciplined person, and Coach Spoelstra is very disciplinary, very mental, you always have to be prepared. That's what we preach. You put that with athleticism and talent and you have the Miami Heat.
You mentioned family-oriented, this seems like a tight-knit bunch, despite the outside distractions.
This is definitely a family. That's the first thing that I felt when I came here. We had Christmas dinners and stuff together. We do everything together and that goes a long way. It's really showing now.
What's it like to play with a once-in-a-lifetime-type talent like LeBron James?
It's a special moment man. I can't even describe it. Just a special, special player.
What's your best LeBron story? The one you will be telling your kids.
Man, I've seen him do so much in this one season. One thing I will always remember is we were in Milwaukee playing the Bucks. He was hyped for some reason, he said he feels good in Milwaukee, like he scores a lot, everything falls for him. One year he had like 60-something and he was pulling from everywhere, hitting crazy jump shots. And he was showing me the highlights on YouTube. Then he came out, and I swear, he was doing the same moves that game. Like five or six times in a row, the same move and he kept making it. And all I could do was laugh with him.
How has your perception of LeBron changed, from being on the outside to knowing him personally?
You know, I never judge people. I didn't know how he would be. But now that I met him and been around him for six months, he's probably the most humble superstar you will ever meet. He has to be a certain way because he has so much attention on him and he has to be a certain way, but when you are there in the locker room with him, he's great. Me and him are back and forth sometimes, not arguing, but he cracks jokes on me and I say something back. It's like a brotherhood, he's like a big brother. Him and D-Wade and all these guys are like big brothers more than anything.