Brandyn Curry and his blog are back. After a successful rookie season playing (and writing) in Holland, where the former Harvard University standout guard was an All-Star, won the Dutch Basketball League championship and was named Finals MVP with Den Bosch, Curry now calls Germany's BEKO BBL home this season with Eisbären Bremerhaven and will continue to share his thoughts on playing professional basketball abroad with his blog, "3 Things I Learned This Week Playing Overseas"...
There Are Different Levels To This Pro Game
I have officially completed my first month of training camp here in Bremerhaven, Germany and I can honestly say it was my toughest month of basketball I've ever had in my career. The level of basketball here is definitely a step up from Holland. We have six Americans on the team (double from how many we had with Den Bosch) and they all are extremely talented. Every day at practice we absolutely go at each other. On top of that our coach is tough on us and drives us to become better. After every basket we pick up full court the whole game. You don't do it one time and you can bet there will be a sub coming to get you. I missed one defensive assignment and got myself a nice 10 minute breather....Already after a month I feel like I'm in tremendous shape and can't wait to kick off the season on October 2nd (which is my birthday in case y'all were wondering :). I feel like we will have a very good squad once we put the pieces together and get the chemistry down. When it's all said and done I know I will be a much better as a player after this year.
Nothing Compares To Having Your Own Place
FINALLY after years of having to share a room with one of my lovely siblings who never ever touched any of my things, to being in the dorms at Harvard, to last year where I shared an apartment, I have my own place all to myself! Words cannot express how happy I was when they dropped me off at my two bedroom apartment here. It really is great to have my own space I can come home to every night and not have to worry about anybody else. This is the last thing that really cements the feeling that I am a professional. The best part of it all is the 50 inch HD television that I'm currently sitting in front of as I type this up right now. People who know me know just how much I love my technology so this baby made my week. Perfect for the hours of Xbox and show/movie watching that will be taking place this year.
Learning German May Be The Toughest Challenge I Face All Year
The haven language school offered free German lessons to our team. I of course accepted this offer (shocker I know lol). Germany is a great league and playing multiple years would be something I would desire if it happened to workout that way. We meet every Wednesday and so far we've had two lessons. I don't know why I thought the classes would be like when I learned Spanish in high school and college. Needless to say, it wasn't even close. They threw us right in the fire from the beginning. The first lady started the class of with a 5 minute introduction -- all in German! Let's just say it was a very awkward silence after she was done. Then she left, so I guess we will never know what she said...haha. Our teacher for the course has limited English which means getting the translations might be difficult at times but thus far the two classes have been good. I think I will get it by the end of these 9 months. Always up for a challenge!
Bis zum nachsten Mal folks
*photo courtesy of Eisbären Bremerhaven Facebook page
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