Hello guys, nice to have you back! I have finished this, my latest blog, while "traveling". Well… this year in the EuroLeague we travel a lot. And I do mean A LOT! Wherever I play in the future, I will never complain about traveling after this season. NEVER!
Many times we get direct flights, emergency exits, everything how it supposed to be. But still your body is your body, and you cannot fool it. Travel is sometimes like practice – very exhausting and long. The check-in, security check, waiting for the bags, the flight itself: a long day gets even longer. So I'm really impressed with all the players who need to do that and play even three games per week on an extremely high level.
When I played in Poland we were traveling by bus everywhere – with no highways! YES! No highways. And sometimes we even traveled 12 hours to get to the opposing team's city. All day on the bus, exciting hahaha. One time our team, Trefl Sopot, was going to a national cup game to a city literally on the other side of Poland. It was wintertime, and in Poland, winters can be crazy. On this travel day, winter caught us. It was the first snow of that year. Imagine cars that hadn't switched to winter tires, all of them stuck in the middle of the road. CRAZY! We traveled from 8 am to 4 am the next day. Yes, a 20-hour bus ride, taking six hours just to get through Warsaw. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, hahaha. We were lucky that the other team was playing in the second division in Poland so we won that game. But it wasn't easy.
Nowadays the travel can be nice and smooth. We have some pillows to sleep on, consoles to play. We try to kill the time as well as we can.
Speaking a little bit about basketball, after two months of playing in the EuroLeague, I thought we could have had a better record than 4-8. We were tied with some teams, but still could have won more than four. The season was still going and I believed that we would start to win more games and achieve our small goals as a team. We were playing better, trying to find a good rhythm and the things that we do best. We have an amazing team really. Then we won at home against Khimki last week, and that has turned into a three-game winning streak. Things are looking more as I thought they would now.
Every game in Euroleague is an amazing challenge. I remember last year in the EuroCup we were not the best team at the beginning, but we kept fighting for our dreams and we accomplished something that was unreal for many. We proved them wrong. Dreams are motivating us to improve – always – in basketball and in life!
I'm from a sports family, the same as my wife. We are raising our kids with the same goals and habits. Sport is cooperation, loyalty, sacrifices, duties, learning, respect. All these values shape you as a human in this world. I was always humble and taught to give the best of myself, for me but also for my family. To treat other people with respect. That's why I think sport is so important for young people.
Time is going by really fast, so I would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year – of course with Euroleague Basketball :)
See you soon!