Joe Asberry left the USA in 1991 to play international basketball and has not been back since. He has played in Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Finland and Luxembourg and to this day lives in Berlin. He is currently a social worker, who is an international guest speaker on drug prevention and sports motivation.
Dr. Mark: Why are your youtube videos so Hard Core?
Mr. Asberry: I try and just keep it real and its a rage. I really felt I was not treated fairly in the college system. I also think it stems from my experience at Pepperdine University where I was redshirted and then the next year they shipped me out! Now, I made mistakes, but I think they could have had someone on campus working with me on the issues I had. It was clear that I had a substance abuse problem back then as well as a lot of other guys on the team. I won’t name names, lol. The reason I am speaking after years is to show them they did not stop me from achieving my goal. I also want to help educate and inspire the next generation of ballers.
Dr. Mark: Playing basketball in Europe, what are the key issues athletes need to understand?
Mr. Asberry: One, off the court issues
Financial Issues: are you going to get your money on time or at all and most often players money is late.
Health Issues: Most teams have health coverage but I have heard too many stories of guys getting hurt and soon after, they are released from the club.
Social Issues: The club life will kill you and the women really, really are interested in you and I have seen guys get caught up in that and I was one of them but the social seen didn’t dictate my success. Some guys can handle it but some guys can’t.
Cultural Issues: Athletes coming abroad have to be willing to embrace the culture. The American culture is something they should leave in the USA, if not players never last on the international level.
Mr. Asberry: Two, on the court issues
Coaching and communication: some coaches don’t speak english and so it makes it tough to communicate in games.
Knowledge of the game of basketball: Many of the coaches don’t understand the game in the same manner that US coaches do.
Teammates: Most of the teammates will be envious of your journey through basketball development and the major factor is your American and most Americans playing abroad get all the attention.
Knowledge of the game of basketball: the international rules are different and the style of play is a bit more technical from a fundamental stand point. The USA has athletes on the court but many cant think the game. The international game involves a lot more thinking while playing as oppose to just playing.
Dr. Mark: Can we expect more, of Joe’s Basketball Diary in 2016?
Bet on it, LoL…..