Playing Basketball Overseas: How to Travel For A Living and Culturally Adjust

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  Want to know what life is like in various countries in Europe?  What about as an American professional basketball player?  Not every country is the same by a long shot.  The night life, transportation, the language of the country and much more can drastically change country to country and club team to club team. As we find out in this segment, some countries like Poland are very different than countries such as Holland.  Although, not only does the atmosphere of the country play a part in the American player's expereince, but also how well off monetarily the club team for which that American baller plays for is one of the most important factors.  Do you ride in a taxi or do you have your own car?  Do you get your money on time everytime?  Do you get your meals paid for throughout the day?  Are the living quarters in which you stay nice?  All these questions have to do with how well the team is doing financially.  We get into all these questions and much more. 





Basketball Video Transcription:  When I was in Poland it was a little bit different from Holland because it was harder because no one really spoke English and just doing the little things, just a little tasks as far as like going into the city trying to order a meal, trying to get a taxi, trying to do pretty much anything just made it a little bit harder being unable to communicate with people. That's something that I felt that I really missed because you never know how much you really take things for granted when you have it for example just me being able to talk to somebody. When I was out there in Poland it was just pretty hard. And as far as communicating with my family and friends, it was pretty much Skype, Skype was a big thing for me, it was great, it's a free way to communicate with your family you get to see them, you get to talk to them. And that was really helpful for me because there were days that I didn't feel too great out there that was something that I really needed.

     The situation in Poland that made me leave to Holland was the team that I was with, like I said sometimes can be really rough over there and some teams funds were being depleted because last year and the year before that it was hitting everyone really hard with the economy, people are running out of money. So the team I was with they were unable to keep up with my salary, so I had a decision to make. I could stay there and pretty much play for free or I could just go home and wait on something else and get into another situation so I went with the 2nd, I went home and waited for something better. And pretty much that's what happened. And once I went to Holland, it was a whole different situation, a better situation. The vibe was great as soon as I got off the plane, the GM came and picked me up, he was a great guy. Money issues never had one, always got my money on time. In Holland I was pretty much staying at a really nice apartment and it was pretty much filled with athletes, my teammates, we had volleyball teams, and soccer teams so those are the people I pretty much hung out with and the nightlife in Holland was really good. Holland had a lot of clubs, a lot of restaurants, a lot of places for people to go to especially the younger group.

      It was different, but it was definitely great. There are things that I was deathly accustomed to over here, especially if you say want to go to the club, clubs over there might close around 7 or 8 in the morning and around here they close around 2 or 3 if you're lucky. It's just a different lifestyle, but people over there are great, and they treated me great, that's one thing I loved about it. The fans, I think we had some great fans because they were always very supportive, really supportive, and that's one thing I really loved about overseas basketball. Not to say that we don't have great fans of year because we do but the fans over there really get behind a city, it's 100%, they have a lot of pride for their city. That's one thing I really saw over there, it's really cool.

      For me myself, I'm not really a big party kind of guy, so I wasn't out every night but once I went out and made share I got back in at a good time and made sure that I was ready for practice because I'm a professional and that's my job so I definitely take that seriously. Some teams will be like well you know if you not averaging 20 and 10 new we have to go different direction but you have to be doing this that and the 3rd deftly goes on. And depending on which league you're on the higher leaks are your bigger countries like the Spain's, the France, and countries like that. If you're definitely not producing some teams might only give you 3 or 4 games so you have to go in there and pretty much be doing anything. So it can be tough, it can be rough.




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