Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/19/11

Days prior to training camps opened around the NBA in early December, the Sacramento Kings busily refined their roster to start the season fresh.

Coming as no shock, the Kings renounced the rights to Samuel Dalembert, Marquis Daniels, Darnell Jackson and Pooh Jeter, and life went on from there in each case. The Houston Rockets are vying for Dalembert’s services, Daniels returned to the Boston Celtics, and Jackson remains a free-agent currently playing in the Ukraine.

As for Pooh Jeter, he’s living near the beach in Barcelona, Spain and thankful to be playing back in Europe, this time with FIATC Joventut Badalona in the ACB Spanish League.

“I don’t care where you play, it’s all about taking care of you and your family,” Jeter, who signed with Joventut during the lockout, told Crossover Chronicles.

“Even though I am not in the NBA right now, I still get to wake up every day and do something that I love to do which is to play basketball -- and getting paid good money to do it. I would like to say, ‘Thank You Lord and Joventut Badalona’. It’s a blessing.”

Jeter’s basketball journey hasn’t exactly been the most conventional. He didn’t go to a big school. He wasn’t high on any teams’ draft board or heard his name called on draft night in 2006. Instead, he bounced around overseas, the D-League, and summer league appearances before finally landing in Sacramento last season as a back-up point guard with the Kings and having his NBA dream come true.

So, when the dark cloud of a work stoppage ruled the headlines and the NBA for what became a five-month span, Jeter didn’t waste any time deciding to sign in Europe and play ball in mid-August.

“My agent (Andre Buck) couldn't really talk to teams during the lock out so I decided to go back to Europe because I was a free agent. I had to make sure that everything kept rolling in because I can't play basketball forever,” explained Jeter, with the Kings holding a team option on his second-year contract.

“Coming from a small mid major school like the University of Portland, spending a year in the D-League, five years with different NBA summer league teams, three years in Europe, and then last season finally reaching my goal and dream in the NBA -- and then this season, we were locked out -- I wouldn't change anything about it because it made me who I am.”

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