Called for Traveling is a pro basketball journey that spans four continents, seven countries and twelve teams over eleven hilarious and adventurous years. After playing his college ball at Penn State, Tyler Smith had a path in mind of where he wanted his pro basketball career to lead. Bringing his own toilet paper to away games, courts made of concrete, and fully-geared riot police at every stadium were not part of his original dream.
Where were all the big contracts people talked about? Would he even have a job next seasonor next week? And would he be playing for free this month because the team didn’t feel like paying him?
In this highly unstable and unorthodox overseas lifestyle as a professional basketball player, Smith draws readers in quickly with his humor and ability to share his clever stories that seem outrageous, but are 100 percent true. His attitude and faith are tested relentlessly through bounced paychecks, injuries, and the seemingly endless frustrating reality of people around him speaking a language he could not understand.
From Italy to Japan to Uruguay, and even the NBA, the challenges and adventures only accelerate as Tyler’s wife and kids are added to the overseas equation. His unique story is highly engaging whether or not you’re a basketball junkie. Called for Traveling is an honest and entertaining inside look at one man’s journey playing pro basketball around the world.
|Publisher:||Sports Publishing LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Tyler Smith was a three-year starter on the men's basketball team at Penn State and was an Academic All-American. He played a key role during Penn State's run to the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 when they knocked off North Carolina en route to PSU's best season in almost fifty years. Following his graduation from Penn State, Smith played professional basketball for eleven years in the US and overseas. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife Cara and daughters Hannah, Lexi, and Tori.
Table of Contents
1 Delivering Gatorade: My First Contract Offer 1
2 As Long as the Shoes Aren't Wooden: It's Holland 8
3 Cold Gym, Hard Time: Herman's Holland 15
4 'Is Dis Vat Your Nose Look Like Yesterday?': Dutch Hard Knocks 44
5 Best Pizza and Pasta on the Planet: Italy 54
6 Life on a Trapeze: Uruguay, Achilles, and Armen Gilliam 72
7 Homemaking and Homecoming: Uruguay yet Again 104
8 "They Want My Socks": Argentina 128
9 Rick Barry Notices: China Draft Camp 152
10 God, Jerry Sloan, and $412,718: The Utah Jazz 160
11 Going to Disneyland: The NBA D-League 173
12 Bonus? Baby? Holland, Take Two 190
13 Nomo, Todo, Ono, and Aono: Japan 214
14 New Friends, Old Outcomes: Japan Again 241
15 But the Room Kept Shaking: Japan Year Three 257
16 Relocation, Dislocation, and The Price Is Right 282
17 X-Factors: Six Weeks in Uruguay 293
18 No to the Dunk Contest, Yes to the Pee Cup: Japan Year Five 310
19 No One Stormed the Floor, but I Made My Last Shot: Thailand 332
About the Author 364
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In his book CALLED FOR TRAVELING, former Penn State basketball star Tyler Smith takes us on an amazing 11 year journey playing pro ball in 7 countries and for 12 different teams. His hilarious accounts of rioting fans, incompetent referees, bad playing floors and non-payment of salary kept me entertained from beginning to end. Woven throughout the tale is his touching story of his girl friend and wife, Cara, their new family and their trials of just getting to and living in South America and Japan. This is truly a great book for anyone considering playing ball overseas, for sports fans and for anyone who likes a good laugh.