So it's all done with. Signed my contract to officially become a professional basketball player. Well I actually signed a little bit ago but had to keep it under wraps for a bit, but I'll get to that after. Going to be playing for a team called Bnei Hasharon in the city of Herzylia, Israel. I've never been there but I've heard it's really nice... like 5 min from the Mediterannean coast. Also not far from Tev Aviv, which is an awesome city. Here's a map http://maps.google.com/mapsq=herzliya,+israel&um=1&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=0x151d480dc125e56f:0x46a023cb144ac1c4,Herzliya,+Israel&ei=2foITqLwKKju0gGNitSBCw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ8gEwAA.
The team is supposed to be a really good organization too. Got a good reputation for developing players, being fair, paying on time, good accommodations and other stuff like that. Coach is supposed to be a pretty smart guy and the owner, who I've been dealing with during the contract stuff, is a good guy too. It was actually the owner who told me I had to keep it a secret for a bit... something about talking to the coach about me so that he wouldn't have to find out from some israeli reporter or something like that. I dunno, but it's good to be able to just tell people now and not have to hide anything.
If you don't know how it works in non-NBA professional basketball, it's a pretty great deal to go play overseas, especially if you're playing for a good team. Because my team is in the top league in Israel, they're hooking me up with a place to live, a car, usually some meals, and then my salary on top of that... so it's pretty sweet. Also, if you don't know, teams overseas pay the tax on your paychecks... so you end up getting all of the money promised to you.
Alright that's basically it. The team is still busy signing guys for next year and hopefully we'll have a good team with some cool people on it. I also just found out one of my best friends from home is going to be in Herzylia next year too so it'll be great having a close friend already there. Probably won't be writing anything on here until I get out there around the second week of August but here is the link to the teams website if your interested
http://bneihasharon.com/index.php?lang=en . Until next time my loyal fans. And if anyone knows anything cool about Herzylia lemme know