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"...
My Daily Activities Are Dedicated To Improving As A Basketball Player
I have always felt like basketball was more than just some hobby I liked to participate in. I know it's now an over-used phrase and there are countless "memes" that use it as humor but to me BALL REALLY IS LIFE for me. It took me turning pro to really realize that. Getting paid to play now seriously hasn't changed much for me, except it's made me want to work harder at my craft. For the last three years, since my year I had to take off from Harvard, my days have been completely dedicated to me improving myself for the game. Watching highlights of other players, getting extra work in, reading sports psychology books/articles and taking care of my body have become my daily routines -- so much so that I do not feel right on days I do not do these things. When I'm on vacations I'm already thinking about how my workout schedule is going to be like after it's over. Heck, I'm already looking forward to getting after it again this summer! I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of being a player especially the preparation.
Basketball Has Opened Up So Many Opportunities For Me
Without basketball who knows where I would be or what kind of person I would be right now. Thanks to basketball I grew out of being a chubby and shy kid who liked to keep to himself. Now, I am in great physical shape, have no problem talking with anyone and am a leader in training. Playing basketball gave me great self-confidence that overflowed to all other aspects of life. Basketball is what ultimately led to me attending Harvard, the number one University in the world. Yes, I had exceptional grades in high school but still being a basketball player did have an impact on me attending the school and if it wasn't for Coach (Tommy) Amaker and the rest of the staff I wouldn't even have considered going there. Currently, basketball is taking me on the journey of a lifetime. Just in these two short years I have already been to 7 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES which has opened my eyes up to tons of new things. It's absolutely amazing what this sport has done for me and the more I put into it the more I am getting out of it. It's truly a beautiful thing.
Basketball Is My Solution To Just About Every Problem I Have In Life
I read in some autobiographies of famous basketball players growing up about how they fell in love with basketball because it helped them to escape the problems they faced in their everyday lives. I feel blessed that up until last year I didn't really have any serious issues I felt like I needed to use basketball to help cope with but that all changed when my Dad passed last year. After the funeral I couldn't wait to get back to Holland to get on the court again with my teammates. The grueling workouts I go through completely consume me and I'm free of any kind of worries while I'm playing. I needed that badly to help me deal with the loss of my Dad. Last year was like a fairy tale that I still really can't believe happened: going from a nightmare, beginning to winning a championship, and being named playoff MVP was nothing short of amazing. Winning it all meant the world to me because I know how proud he was watching down on me that entire year.This year marked the 1 year anniversary of his death. Thank the Lord we had a scrimmage. The day was tough indeed but being with my team and playing in the game made a world of difference. Basketball is a powerful gift. When I'm done playing this game I want to continue to spread and share this gift to as many kids as possible. Maybe there is a shy chubby kid whose full potential is waiting to be unlocked just by picking up a ball to shoot in an orange rim.
*photo courtesy of Eisbären Bremerhaven Facebook page
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