CJ McCollum diary: ‘If you’re not excited about the Pelicans, you will be after you watch us play


NEW ORLEANS – There is good reason why CJ McCollum is very meticulous with his time and schedule daily. McCollum is a husband, father, new resident of New Orleans, owns a wine vineyard with his wife Elise in Oregon, is president of the National Basketball Players Association, recently debuted a podcast on ESPN and also is a star guard with the New Orleans Pelicans. The least of the 31-year-old’s worries is success for himself and his Pelicans on the NBA floor as he expects a potential franchise-altering season. Also added to McCollum’s long list of demands on his time is that he will be taking part in a diary with Andscape during the 2022-23 NBA season. Draymond Green, Vince Carter, Trae Young, Fred VanVleet, De’Aaron Fox, Cade Cunningham, James Wiseman and Josh Jackson have participated in previous diaries. McCollum plans to bring insight to his life on and off the court during his monthly diary this season. The following is McCollum’s first diary installment as told to Andscape’s Marc J. Spears.