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"...
The season is in full swing here in Bremerhaven and while we haven't had the start we wanted sitting at 1-4, we continue to fight hard. Over the weekend we took a tough on the road against Bonn, a Eurocup team who is the hottest team in the league right now. All of our losses were close and we could easily be 3-1 but that's how the game goes. No worries though. We will get things rolling and hit our stride soon enough!
Needless to say, these obstacles have taught me a lot both on and off of the court.
This Year Will Be One Of Serious Learning And Growing For Me
As I mentioned in one of my earlier blog posts, the BEKO BBL is another higher level compared to Holland. This is definitely the most talented and experienced team I've been apart of and we are going to have to battle just to have a shot at getting into the playoffs. Unlike last year with the three Americans in Den Bosch, we have six (basically seven as Waverly Austin has an American/German passport). Of the seven from the US, I'm the youngest one. I'm coming off the bench playing behind a great point guard in Jerry Smith. Jerry played for Louisville from 2006-2010 and is a six-year vet. He has played in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets for a little bit and has been in some of the best leagues in Europe including the Euroleague (the second best league compared to the NBA). Going up against him everyday since I've been here has already raised my level of play. He has also been great with giving me tips and helping me to see the game even better -- definitely is the best defensive guard I've ever played against and is extremely tough to stop on the offensive end too. On top of that, every night my match-ups are really tough. Every team has guys who are really good and can go off any night. Some of the other point guards from the States in the league that some might know are Jordan Taylor from Wisconsin, Deandre Kane from Iowa State, Scott Machado from Iona and Rotnei Clark from Arkansas. All of this is exactly what I need to get me to the next level and I'm enjoying every moment.
I'm Fortunate To Be On Another Team With Great Guys
Before coming overseas last year some other overseas pros often shared advice about playing professionally in Europe. They warned me that some guys were simply in it for themselves, which is part of the business. Thankfully, that wasn't the case last year and I'm happy to say it isn't this year either. On and off the court I honestly really enjoy being with my teammates. They seriously are some really good dudes: Kyle Fogg (call him K Fogg) and I hit it off as soon as he arrived on our team midway through preseason. We have so many similarities with our work ethic and outlooks on life. He has already become one of my closet friends and we push each other to get better on and off the court everyday. Larry Gordon is a seven-year vet and we share the same representation with Scorers 1st. When my agent (Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) recruited me out of Harvard, he shared with me about Larry's story about how he grinded to get from D2 Cal Poly Pomona to one of the best leagues in the world in Germany. Larry is a crazy hard worker, a man of God and a fun dude to be around. Tony Bishop (call him Tone) and Tyrus Thomas are both power forwards. They are true "southerners" in every since of the word (LOL). They claim North Carolina is not part of the South but that's a debate for another post. Tone plays as hard as anyone I know and just wants to win. I love playing on the court with him and he is as cool as they come off the court. Tyrus is hands down one of the funniest dudes I've ever come across. Never a dull moment with him. Lastly Waverly Austin is 6'10, an American who played at Oregon and has a German passport. He is in his second pro season like me and we are already boys too. My man complains a lot (LOL) and we always get on each other for being "ex-fatboys" but that's my dude though. Hate playing against him in practice and getting hit by his famous screens (SMH). Raymond Sykes is a monster athlete and just a beast in the paint playing the power forward and center for us. He is another seven-year vet and has been helping me a lot with his mentorship on being a pro. So all in all, those are my American teammates this year (will talk about my German ones in another post! They are great dudes as well).
Even In Europe Can't Escape The Dallas Cowboys Fans
Football is my second favorite sport next to basketball of course. It has always been a big part of my family with my Dad, Grandpa, and several of my uncles and cousins all played. I played for a little while but being an overweight lineman wasn't that fun to me (I kid you not, I really was one!). Nevertheless, I am a Washington Redskins fan -- hold the laughs please I already know. Of course, the majority of my family are Dallas Cowboys fans because they are so called " America's " team. My childhood best friend Brian Robinson is one of the biggest Cowboys fans I know and is a big reason I resent them so much (Haha). Last year was great for the the fact there were no Cowboy fans. Boy those were the days. Now with this team we have three Cowboy lovers (Tone, Larry and Chris Wilson at of St. Joseph's). The first two games of the year there was nonstop chatter. These last three weeks there has been no noise at all except for Jerry (he is a cheese head aka - Green Bay Packers fan). Redskins might finish last but as long as the Cowboys are next to them at the bottom we can call that a successful season!
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