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It's New Years Eve and I'm sitting here cooking Hamburger Helper, watching "The Hangover" on my computer. [Ed. note: Benson filed this post on Thursday evening.] Chances are good I won't even make it to midnight, because I'm tired and we have a game tomorrow. In the next week we play five times, including two games in Idaho at the D-League Showcase. It's kind of a big week. What a way to start 2010.

It's funny, because 2010 has a special significance for me. I was on the phone with my boy earlier and we were talking about how much faster time seems to go now and how it seems crazy that the Y2K scare happened 10 years ago. As we reminisced, I remembered an essay I had to write right after Christmas break when I was a sophomore in high school in 2000. My history teacher, Mr. Greenstein, had us write about where we thought we would be in the year 2010.

At the time, 10 years seemed to be an eternity and it was difficult to picture a 25-year-old version of myself. Still, I sat down and wrote an essay that I still clearly remember. I wrote that I was going to be in the NBA in 2010 and that I would be in commercials and television and have a college degree. Looking back, it's especially funny because I was the last man on the J.V. hoops team (I didn't even play varsity until I was a senior), I was an average student, and I had never even been on camera. Looking 10 years into the future, I fantasized about a life that I was not at all headed towards.

My boy interrupted my story to say, "That's crazy."

I told him, "I know. Now I'm just a guy cooking Hamburger Helper in Reno."

All jokes aside, 2010 is here and two of my three goals have come to fruition. There's just one more left to handle and that's associating myself with those three letters. N-B-A. I've been working on it for a couple of years now and I've been close, but never crossed the line.

Slowly, I've been trying to eliminate the reasons why. I put on weight this offseason. I've refined my offensive game. I've refined my defensive game. I've done the training camps and competed with and against the best. When I was in camp with the Pacers, they asked me to stop blogging while I was there and I did that, too.

There's really only one more thing I can do and that's to take it a step further. I'm taking a step back and quitting the Yahoo! blog game. I would consider it more of a Brett Favre retirement, but still, I'll be away from the blog as long as I'm in the NBA realm. It just seems that I'm closer than ever and I'm no longer going to give anyone a reason to scratch me off their list.

As far as this season goes, I'm averaging about 15 and 9, 2.5 steals (top 5 in the NBA D-League), 2 blocks per game and a Synergy Sports stat breakdown that was emailed to me by Blazersedge says that I'm in the 100th percentile for post defense. I'll carry these numbers into the showcase, and do my best to show how they can translate to the next level. For the first time, however, I'll be doing it blog-free. Maybe that will be the stat that people want to see.

You can still catch me on Twitter (@boomtho), and I very sparingly update, but that has become more video oriented because I still have a need to be creative and stimulate my mind in that way. I recently dropped my newest video "R-O-D B-E-N Son!" last week and, of course, I think it's gold. It's named after me, so, of course.

You can also still get tickets to see any game that I'm playing in by sending an email to me via my site. If you can't make it out to see a game, you can see EVERY D-League game on Lastly, if you like what you see (you should) you can vote for me to go to the D-League All Star game in Dallas. Players who are called up can still play in this game, so hopefully I can have it all come Valentine's weekend.

Thanks for reading my stuff over the past couple of seasons. It's definitely cool to be blogging on this level, but if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because good things are happening.

It's 2010 and I have to prove the 15-year-old Benson correct. I have to get in the league.

Rod Benson is a Cal grad who plays for the D-League's Reno Bighorns. Read his archive, pay a visit to and always support the Boom Tho movement. Best of luck, Benson!

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