First as always I will like to thank the man upstairs for giving me the chance to reflect, and share my journey with you all. After a great holiday spent with family, and friends back home I am now back to business. Since arriving back in France two weeks ago, I have played in two very important games.
One was the first round of the French Cup vs. a young strong SIG team, and the second was an intense road game against a very competitive Tourcoing team. We came out victories in both games, which is huge for us being that we are in a great possession to reach our club goals. We now stand at 10-5, which puts us in 3rd place in our championship division. Playing in the French cup gives us the opportunity to earn points towards our division, in which we can neglect up to two loses if we win. Minus two loses towards our record will then put us in 1st in our division. These are all elements that we know as a team, which does not add any pressure but motivates us. After starting off rocky, our team has now found an identity and rhythm.
We are looking forward to building on this energy throughout the remainder of the season. We have a great group of guys who get along well, therefore I am confident we can prevail through future adversity.
Personally I am very satisfied with how I have been playing. I feel I have done a great job making plays not only for myself, but also for my teammates. At this point in the season I am very comfortable with each of my teammates personal abilities, and also the system set in place by our coach. This gives me the ability to know when a player is cutting, open for an easy shoot, or has a mismatch. Playing in Europe has helped me think the game much better. I have developed a great feel for spacing, timing, and floor balance. I am positive this is an attribution I will need moving forward in my career. Being a great leader is also something I take pride in, nevertheless being a first year player I have learned it is good to be a great follower as well. We have a lot of older guys on our team, with a lot of knowledge and experience.
I am thankful that they are around to teach me, what it means to be an overall great “professional”.
Daily life in France is going great. I am still focusing on fully learning the French language, in which I have made great progression since my arrival.
Lately, I have been really fatigue for my body is still not fully adjusted to our new work schedule after the holiday. Nevertheless, I have had the opportunity to make it out to Germany to see a few Bundesliga games. I enjoy watching these games, for they are well coached and extremely competitive. Overall things are great here, and only getting better. Looking at our future hectic schedule, it is important to take it one game at a time. Each team in our division is competitive and plays really hard. I appreciate you all reading my blog, and I wish you all a great New Years, and let 2015 be one to remember!
My prayers go out to the whole country of France, and anybody directly affected by the troubling current events in Paris!
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