Greetings everybody and welcome to the long awaited return of, “Bobby’s World” here on yardbarker. I had been on a 4-5 month hiatus since my last entry, but the absence felt even longer. Maybe it had something to do with having an enjoyable spring/summer. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for the most part, just the typical things people experience like: celebrating holidays, raising a child, weekend getaways, going to eat at my favorite establishments, watching every good movie that came out this summer and let’s not forget spending time with family and friends. May I refresh your memory that I was in another country for about 8 ½ months, so those things were not in my daily routine over there in Italy.
For those who haven’t read my blogs before, I will touch base on many issues that are intriguing to me such as:
1. The progress of my basketball season overseas
2. How it is to be an American living in a foreign country for over half a year
3. Current topics/scandals in the media (mainly sports related)
4. Personal curiosities I have about random stuff that come to mind (mainly sports related)
5. Also I will respond to my reader’s questions and requests as well
Hopefully my opinions aren’t too opinionated or offensive, if for some you think they are then oh well. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor and worldly outlook on life, especially based upon my background and where I grew up as a child. My main objective is for you to find my writings entertaining, informative and that's it ok? I get bored a lot here, so I’m just trying to channel my energy in other creative outlets that’s all.
If you still haven’t figured it out yet, I’m going to play in Italy for 1 more year (2nd year overall). One of the biggest changes from last year is that I will not be playing on the same team; instead I will be lending my services/talents to Fabi Montegranaro. The town is almost located in the same area of Italy I played in last year, which helps because I’m pretty familiar with this area already. I’m extremely excited for the potential of this team and for the season to start. This past summer brought nagging injuries (knee tendonitis and groin strain) that prevented me from being at my very best to play in the NBA summer league and also when it came to working out for teams. It was an unusual time for me because I never had to deal with stuff like that during the summer before. On a good note, I will almost be at 100% very soon; just working on my conditioning and flexibility are my top priorities at the moment. I’m not getting any younger so it will be “key” more than ever to stay flexible, its the best way to prevent injuries as well as eating healthy (we will see about that part though).
My adventure back to Italy didn’t go all the way according to plan, but I did make it here eventually and safe. It all started with a 7:30 am flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte, but soon after I arrived to LAX I found out my initial flight got delayed until 2pm. Since that delay wasn’t going to work for my next connecting flight (from Charlotte to Rome), I had to catch a shorter flight to Phoenix (2 hr flight) and then from there to Charlotte (3 ½ hrs flight). I had a 1-hour layover in Charlotte and then boarded my last flight to Rome (8 ½ hours). Once I arrived in Rome, I waited for my bags and luckily all 3 of my bags made it with me (nobody likes dealing with lost luggage). I still wasn’t done yet; I had to ride in a car to Montegranaro (2 ½ hr drive) before I finally reached my final destination.
Since I been here (a little over 3 weeks now), my mornings usually consist of conditioning/agility/weights as a team at 8am. In the afternoons we practice in the gym learning our plays, doing drills and other technical things. Were just gradually getting ready for the season to begin on October 17th. I’m not going to lie, these doubles days are starting to stack up now against my body. It’s no wonder always around this time; when I wake up sore and tired I ask myself if I can keep this up. I haven’t adjusted to the time change either, so many nights I’m waking up 3-4 times and then maybe can’t fall back asleep. We still have another 2 weeks of this (hopefully not), I will just grind it out like I always do. At the end of the day this is the career choice I choose for myself at the moment, just needed to vent a tab bit that’s all hope you all didn’t mind. Before I go I would like to wish a happy birthday day to my father (Sept. 3rd), brother (Sept. 8th), my daughter a.k.a. stinky feet and her grandmother (both on Sept. 14th) and niece Kyra (Sept. 16th). Also, here's a highlight video of me from last year in Italy. Until next time people…