Mike Hopkins’ first official day at his new workplace began shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.
He strode through a barren Alaska Airlines Arena, sporting a black suit, white button-down shirt and foreign purple tie. Outside, the gray skies produced an intermittent drizzle. Scared wasn’t the word. But Hopkins is unfamiliar with change. He gazed at the empty bleachers surrounding his new court and found himself alone, an entire country away from the place he called home for 28 years.
“Holy shiitake mushrooms,” Hopkins thought. “This thing could rock.”
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