One of the most famous ads of the 20th century was for a piano school. It read simply, "They laughed when I sat down to play ... then I started to play."
That might have been the reaction at a recent meeting of the NBPA, the players' union, when the Nets' Renaissance Rookie sat down at a piano at a reception. According to an article on the union website, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's performance was "dazzling."
RHJ had a piano at home in Chester, Pennsylvania, outside Philly. He learned to play by ear, starting at age 12. Now, he can read music, play requests ... and compose.
“The song I played at the union meeting—it’s something I just made up,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “You know what sounds good. I hear a melody in my head—and it feels good to play it.”
The 20-year-old also writes poetry, models fashions (and defends well, too, we hear.) As of now, he likes playing for friends but he has a keyboard in his new digs and promises to do a mixtape with fellow rookie Chris McCullough.