Training camp this season proved to be quite a memorable experience for me. BC Azovmash traveled to Bormio, Italy, marking my first trip to this beautiful country. We stayed there for 15 days, training in the high altitudes of the mountains both indoors and outdoors on the track, in the weight room and on the basketball court. During the second week of camp we played four games against three Swiss opponents, claiming victories in all four of our match-ups. It’s the goal of every team to complete training camp with no major injuries, but this preseason had different plans for me. In the second friendly game against EI Massagno, I was fouled hard driving past a defender in the first half. Turns out that during the play my hand was broken, sidelining me for weeks. Luckily this occurred early in the season, leaving plenty of action for me once I return to full strength.
Overall it was a fantastic experience to be in such a beautiful city, with all the team’s training needs a short walk away. We enjoyed some delicious Italian cuisine, and took advantage of the opportunity to get to know our teammates both on and off the basketball court. It was also a bonus to share the training facilities with other top European clubs such as Galatasaray of Turkey and Montepaschi Siena of Italy.