I can't believe after eight years playing professional basketball overseas, that that this is my first blog post. But before getting into my journey from Pomona, California to now playing in South Korea, I wanted to share more about myself.
I've been truly blessed enough to be able to travel around the world hooping from Holland, to Austria and Germany, with this being my first season in the Korean Basketball League. From playing in four different countries and visiting 13 countries while playing abroad, it's been an amazing experience with a number of ups and downs, successes and failures along the way. I've gained so many friends through this journey and learned a lot from each country I've been in.
In this blog post, I'm going to give you guys a little bit of everything however -- the good, the bad, my opinions, my experiences and a lot of encouragement.
Everything is not always what it seems playing professionally and this lifestyle can be a grind from day to day, practice to practice, game to game and season to season. Even as a "veteran", these past couple of seasons for me have been tough and it can get really frustrating at times when you are going through it. I usually don't vent through social media or blogs like, this but instead I turn to my relationship with God and I have my wife for that. Some people seem to believe that just because I've been a successful pro basketball player, that I don't have my own struggles and battles in basketball and in life.
It's not true.
Life has a way of just kicking us when we’re down. That is something we can all relate to. For me, my life has revolved around basketball, from Montclair High School to Cal Poly Pomona and even these past eight seasons as a pro. And just when you think you can’t fall any lower, you get kicked again, either on the court or in life. I'm like anyone else who goes through struggles and has to battle back. I try to remember that setbacks, failures, and tragedy are a part of life for everyone. Whether I manage to find joy and success in the daily struggle of life and basketball, setbacks are largely dependent on my ability to persevere through even the toughest adversity without ever giving up. I know that life and basketball are not always bad and that these seemingly long stretches of frustration, disappointment, pain and heartache are just brief insignificant moments of time that will pass.
During the tough times is when we find out who we are and what we are made of.
There are a couple of great quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that have helped me along the way of late. I pray they will give you strength as well.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the staircase."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but must never lose infinite hope."
"Faith" and "Hope" are definitely concepts I hold onto in my life and in basketball.
Which brings me to my point....I have Faith and hope that things will turn around for me not only during this season but for the rest of my career. And that God will lead me down the right path and open up the right doors for me to be successful. So my encouragement for you guys today will be something biblically encouraging, that goes right along with faith and hope...
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
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“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” –Philippians 4:13
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