Archie Goodwin has had a slow start to his career after being a one-and-done with Kentucky.
Goodwin was drafted by the Phoenix Suns and never received consistent minutes, but he doesn't regret leaving school early.
“It just taught me to stay ready mentally,” he said. “Just being prepared for whatever comes my way. You know, this year has been a long one, it’s been one of the craziest years that I’ve ever experienced. So just being mentally strong the whole time and working and trusting God’s plan is the biggest thing."
Goodwin is currently with the Brooklyn Nets.
“This is a business, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes with certain situations people just don’t do the right things,” Goodwin said. “But that’s just how the cookie crumbles. I guess certain organizations, they just don’t do things the right way. You can see differences in teams that are on the right track, and I’m just happy to be in a great situation that I’m in now [with the Nets]. They’re actually going to give me an opportunity and this summer is going to be a big, big summer for me. I’m going to take advantage of it.”
Goodwin played only three games with the Pelicans before he was waived this season.
“I don’t live my life with regrets,” he said. “Whatever happens from here on is God’s plan. I’m just going to try to execute it. I don’t regret leaving early. I felt like I did what was best for me. If I go to a better situation [coming out of Kentucky], I wouldn’t even have been in the situation I am in now. Truth be told, I don’t feel like I should have went through that [in Phoenix]. It was just bad timing, when I was released by Phoenix.
“And then I went to a situation in New Orleans where I really shouldn’t have done that. That was my first time being released. I was so ready to get back into the league that I would have done anything. But that wasn’t the right situation for me.”