We had the good fortune of connecting with Kris Rosales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kris, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I am currently a professional basketball player in the Philippines and risk is everything. From a young age I knew I wanted to be a basketball player. I basically put all my eggs in one basket and chased a dream. Here I am today, a 5 year pro, still risking it all. One contract ends and I have to fight for another one year in and year out. Being a pro in a country away from family involves risks everyday. On the basketball side, “risks” aren’t so risky when you are confident in your work. Knowing you have put in the time the risks lessen. All the risks I’ve taken my entire life within basketball have allowed me to earn a living and start the Creative Hoop Project. I always think about what would happen if I make this shot? or what would happen if I sell out on these shirts? You don’t want to think the other way. What if I miss? What if I don’t sell? No room for that negative energy. Go all in and think about the great things that can happen. Put all your positive energy into what you are doing and the term “risk” will not play a factor more often than not.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a 5 year and counting professional basketball player in the Philippines. I play for the Rain or Shine Elastopainters here in Manila. I am most excited about the rest of my career because I’ve been injured quite a few times and as of right now I am feeling the healthiest I’ve been in awhile. Not only am I a pro hooper, I run a small business based in LA called Creative Hoop Project. I started it in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been an interesting and exciting time. Becoming a pro is very difficult. A lot of perseverance and discipline that a lot of people can’t handle. Now, running a small business in LA while in the Philippines during a worldwide pandemic is a different kind of challenge. I could have waited until the time was right, but my friend told me the best day to start something was yesterday. The second best time to start is today. So I did it along with my girlfriend and my team in LA. I overcame a lot of the challenges with constant communication. Almost had to be annoying from across the world. Communication is key in anything and that set the foundation for launching the business during a time like this. I also learned a lot of the little things. Running logs and keeping track of inventory. A lot of the things that only can be learned by actually diving head first into something. It’s been tough, but a fun journey so far. I want the world to know that the Creative Hoop Project is something that comes organically from my time as a child to my current situation. Everything you see is from my experience. I’ve partnered with Joanne Nimes on almost every project so far and she hit each design on the spot. I don’t try to develop a project I’m not familiar with. Every idea has come from an experience I’ve had in my life. If you notice the base of each design has been basketball which is a constant in my life. Then, there is the influence of skate culture that I grew up on as a young child. Finally, the coffee influence which signifies my love for caffeine as an adult. This is the Creative Hoop Project. A brand that produces projects from the mind of a young man that grew up playing in the streets with his neighborhood friends to playing pro basketball across the waters while drinking coffee and enjoying the journey of life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were to visit LA the first place I would take them in the morning is VanillaBlack. This is a coffee shop down in Echo Park that we actually did Project “Bean” with. They have the best cold brew over there. Shoutout to Vanessa and Justine. I’d take him to Griffith Park Observatory to run the trails there that I ran in college. You know you always got to get that work in. Then, we got to get some grub in right? For sure I would take him to Monty’s Good Burger down on Sunset or one of the other locations. I’ve been a plant-based eater for the past couple years although I do indulge in some good chicken here and there. I also started biking a lot so I’d take my best friend on a ride from my spot in Bellflower all the way down to Seal Beach. Biking has been such a stress reliever for me and also a way to think of my new ideas for CHP. On the way back from the beach I would have us stop by Steelcraft by my crib for some coffee at Solid Coffee Roasters. They have some good cold brew there as well. When I was home recently, I would bike down there almost every morning for some coffee. Another cool spot I would take my friend is Lettuce Feast LA. It’s a vegan Nashville Hot Chicken truck that stops all around the LA area. If he ain’t feeling the vegan “chicken” I’d have to take him to Hownlin’ Rays. Probably the best hot chicken sandwich in my opinion. Now, if we want to have some options, I’d take him to Smorgasburg. My friend runs Lobsterdamus down there and it’s fire. Then, there are other food options over there to dabble in. Of course we got to shop for some kicks. I would take him down to RIF.LA where they got everything and one of the owners, Jeff is super cool. He’s actually an inspiration to me in the business world being a Filipino-American. He started from scratch and now got one of the most respected shoe spots that a lot of NBA players and other professional athletes go to. I’d have to end the trip with a Laker game of course. Stop by Staple’s for some purple and gold action. Then, we’d go Yardhouse and drink one of those half-yards and just kick it with all the homies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my parents, Jean and Nielon Rosales. They never told me to work hard. They showed me every day through action. My mom would come home from a night shift and bring me breakfast and take me to my games with no sleep. She made sure I had shoes to play in and money to eat. My father taught me the game of basketball and never goes to the hospital when he’s hurt. He just puts his head down and finds a way to get through it and go about his day. He built our house with his bare hands. These are the people that planted the seed of hard work in my mind. I also want to shoutout the late Kobe Bryant. I had the idea of the Creative Hoop Project in 2017. I didn’t officially launch it in 2020. He showed me that if you want to do something you must go and execute. He was the best basketball player in the world at one point, but little did I know he had this creative side to him until the latter part of his life. When he passed I was hurt. My idol was gone, but he left a message to everyone in the world. He excelled in something he wasn’t known for. That was my inspiration in executing the projects I had in mind with CHP. Thank you Kob’.
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