Monday, November 16, 2009

Making The Most


Black does give a slimming look, doesn't it?

I have yet to really discuss how the opportunity came about for me to join the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL for my 16th season at the professional level.

It all happened all so quickly. A phone call from Head Coach Andrej Lemanis, a quick discussion with the wife and next minute I'm on a flight bound for Auckland.

After saying yes to the Breakers I had to make several phone calls to understanding bosses (at least I hope so) around the traps. I really appreciate the understanding these people had towards my situation in allowing me to continue playing the sport I love.

Once I landed in the land of the long white cloud (yes, this is true) the honeymoon period began.

Tuesday morning was my first practice (at this level since February) and although the team had returned from a loss in Perth, I was focused on bringing a positive energy to the group. (If there has been one thing that has been highlighted since Ive spent time away from the game, it is how lucky I am to have the ability to earn a living from something that I love to do.)

I didn't come into the group and do anything different than what I have not done at any other team I've been affiliated with, but sometimes when a team has a loss, you forget to keep the fun element in it. It is amazing what results you can achieve when there is an element of fun attached.

The first game against Perth arrived and I went into it without expectation. Hell, I have been out of the game for 9 months so what could I have expected? I knocked down a shot (I cannot believe Martin Cattalini went under a screen on me, but cheers), grabbed a few rebounds (despite what Daniel Eade said) and got the win. Everybody's happy at this point in time.

Now the honeymoon is over, it's time for us to go on the road and get the club's first road win for the season.

I head into the "Sunshine Swing" still with no expectation yet, as I'm still getting my feet wet with everything Breakers, all the while trying to get myself to a level physically that I will be happy with.

I certainly appreciate the opportunity given to me and I'm looking forward to making the most of this before I head back to the real world, whenever that may be.

3 comments:

truevaluepunting said...

I liked the Daniel Eade dig. He got it wrong, JR one of the best offensive rebounding guards in the history of the league.

Joshua said...

what an addition to the breakers roster jr is. coming off the bench for a few explosive minutes every qtr just adds that extra dimention. i really do hope that jr makes the most of this and remember every minute of this chance to do what he loves most. all the best jr. u deserve it mate.

also completely off topic, i was at the wildcats v crocs elimination final game casue i live in perth but a mad crocs supporter and the game u and the crocs played was amaaing. to give u all that room from the land of plenty was unbelievable. i reakon i was the only croc supporter there. walked out of the jungle with a grin ear to ear.

JAOnFire said...

Welcome Back JA.

My Blogg will be updated soon with new pics too.