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Final entry: Losses tough to take

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Former Kansas basketball guard Tyrel Reed is writing a diary during his free time in Belgium, where he is playing professional basketball.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed (14) is fouled by Colorado guard Cory Higgins, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 11, 2011.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed (14) is fouled by Colorado guard Cory Higgins, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 11, 2011.

After starting the season out with a record of 6-2, we have struggled these past few weeks and lost three straight games. Looking back at my time at Kansas, I don’t think I ever lost three straight games. That's crazy! It just reminds me of how fortunate I was at Kansas to have such great coaches, teammates, and fans supporting me during my time in school.

Being a professional you begin to understand that losing is part of the game, but one you never want to get comfortable with. It seems that as good and satisfied as I may feel after getting a big win, the losses stick with me that much more. I hate having the feeling that someone or some team outplayed you on that particular occasion, but that’s competition. That’s what keeps you hungry and wanting to improve each and every day. I know that if we stick together as a team and rely on one another we can turn those losses around in a hurry.

Being around sports my whole life, I better understand how fine the line is between winning and losing. Changing just a few minor details, such as how to guard the pick and roll or by making an extra pass to get a teammate a wide-open shot, can really change the outcome. It’s not always about making shots or playing great defense because at the professional level those are expected of you.

So far my experience in Europe has had its ups and downs but it has been an awesome experience nonetheless. I would like to finish this entry by saying thank you to all of the amazing fans that have supported me on and off the court over the course of my time at Kansas and beyond. I am truly blessed and proud to call Kansas my home and look forward to seeing everyone when I’m back for the holidays doing book signings for my new book, Reed All About It. Please come out and say hello. It will be good to be home! God Bless!

"Reed All About It: Driven to be a Jayhawk" is written by former Jayhawk Academic All-American guard Tyrel Reed. The book, from Ascend Books of Overland Park, is now available at most local bookstores as well as select grocery stores and specialty retailers. This book is also available on all popular e-book platforms including iPad, Kindle and Nook.

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