What’s up World? Hope all is well! I'm sorry for the delay with my blogs, but I have been busy with life. However, from here on out I will update the blogs at least once a month.
A new season with the same goals; win games, play well and BE A CHAMPION, for the third straight year. So far, I can say the start of the year was very interesting. New coach, new philosophy. We started the season in the south of France for preseason. If you have a chance to vacation somewhere special, try the south of France. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. I did everything from riding in a boat, jumping in the sea, great weather and last but not least basketball practice. The team worked real hard in the hot gym conditions as training camp lasted for 7 days.
After we returned back from training camp, I flew a friend of mine over who is also a native of Lancaster, PA. He works as film director and on other multimedia tasks “Joey Cross” (www.joey-cross.com). We are working on a huge documentary project that will be about “The Back 2 Basics Foundation” and the significance of this organization, goals and plans for our futures youth. Look for the documentary coming soon!!!
The games now start and the team wasn’t doing so well. We had a losing record going into the start of the season. I guess it doesn’t pay to play in south of France for training camp. From an individual standpoint I was playing solid. We lost the opening game to a team name “Gent” which finished last place this past season, but we respond like good teams do. We won two straight games. At the end of the second game's last offensive possession, I jumped to make a pass, came straight down and hyperextended my left knee. I rolled on my back holding my knee and thought it was over for me. The conclusion was 4 to 6 weeks out. That’s the last thing I needed but things could have been a lot worse than 4 to 6 weeks the doctor said. This was the first real serious injury I ever experienced and hope the last. I guess when I return I will go “Back 2 Basic” to get my game back!
It was great being home for the holidays to be with friends and family, but as we know all good things come to an end and back to Europe on the grind. I flew into Brussles, Belgium around 9:30 am, December 28th. The time difference is 6 hours ahead, so you always arrive the next day, when flying to most parts in Europe. The Equipment Manager “Thierry” picked me and my family up, plus 7 suit cases. I hate traveling at times, we just have so much luggage (5 people & 7 suit cases), but we flew business Class, so it was better. So we arrived to our home in Belgium, (4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 cars, 1 garage). Immediately I left home to practice, because the next day we had a game. It was tough with all the travel, delays, practice & a game. However, we won the game! I actually felt good but just so tired from no sleep. Being out with an injury is so tough trying to get back in game mode, physically and mentally. As we know this is my job and I enjoy it so I just have to get refocused to work, and pick up where I left off.