Posted by caseyarchibald on April 30, 2010 at 6:11 AM

As I write this I am sitting in a beautiful apartment over looking a neighbourhood in Berlin.  I have just finished my 3rd season in Europe and like all ends to seasons it's time to look back and reflect on what has transpired in the last 8 months.  Although this season was very difficult from a basketball standpoint I am still very thankful.  Unfortunately the market was very tough this year and many players didn't even get the opportunity to cross the Atlantic so for that I am very thankful.  It is important for me to realize what this game has done for me.  Aside from the wins and losses which takes my emotions on a constant roller coaster, this game has given me the chance to meet some great people, see places that I would never see (where I sit as I write this) and do things that would otherwise be nearly impossible with a 9-5.  So with that said when things get tough, or seasons don't go as expected I constantly remind myself just how lucky I am, appreciate the people who have helped me get here and then go out and work harder and harder.


This season I experienced more losses than multiple seasons combined.  I was brought in to replace and American who to the teams belief just wasn't getting the job done.  I didn't get a chance to see him play so I have no idea.  When I came in there were 2 other Americans, and 2 other Canadians.  Within 3 weeks of me being here both Canadians were gone (one by personal choice the other by teams choice).  We were now down to myself and 2 Americans along with the local Germans.  With one game left before Christmas we came to practice like any normal day to find out that they had fired our American PG and would be bringing in a new one for the game that weekend.  Total count of players released before Christmas- 4.  I had been injured for a few weeks and knew of a player who was looking for a job so I recommended them bringing him in to help us out while I was injured.  He played 4 games and was released as soon as I got back into the swing of things.... 5... Then they fired our coach.  Then our American 4 man hurt his knee... 6... Then they brought in a new American 3 but released him after a few games... 7..  You get the idea.


All in all it was a tough year.  We had no stability within the team, and at one point we were forced to take a pay cut as the team had hit some financial problems.  Needless to say it wasn't a stable environment for the players or the management.  After a year like this I remind myself to keep working hard, and keep getting better, and the rest will take care of itself.  I had been lucky to have a great 2 years in a stable environment before this and I know with my work ethic I will get back to a similar situation.


until next time... peace


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