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More so than on court, which forces adjustments from league to league across Europe, the adjustment off the floor can be difficult for many Americans accustomed to a North American way of life.
"There are some people that do this job that can’t handle the transition [to a new culture and language], so they don’t really like it very much. I don’t really have an answer other than I just do. When you’re thrown to the fire, you just kind of do. It’s something you figure out."
Trent Plaisted file
» 6-foot-11, 245 pounds
» Native of San Antonio
» Played at BYU from 2004-08
» Three-time all-Mountain West
» Has played professionally in Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Turkey and France
Plaisted’s travelling résumé not only helps with on-court play but also assisted in securing his current contract with Limoges.
"It’s a huge deal. The reason I’m here is because when I was [playing] in Lithuania I had a Greek coach. The coach there was [Ilias Zouros] who coached the Greek National Team in 2011 (Plaisted’s current coach, Panagiotis Giannakis, led Greece’s national squad from 2004-08). So, when Limoges needed to sign a player, they looked for a player they could trust and called their friends and I was their guy. That’s kind of how it works here."
So what does next season hold for the nomadic Cougar?
"I have no idea," laughs Plaisted. "I wish I knew the plan. If I did I’d tell you."
After a strong start with Limoges, Plaisted has been hampered by injury. He currently is averaging 6.8 ppg through 11 games.
On-court stats are only half of the tale, as Plaisted has enjoyed a life experience few share; a thought not lost on the reflective big man.
"I’m privileged to do what I do, but it’s difficult. It’s hard to be in a country by yourself and not know the language. But at the same time it provides a lot of experience. I’ve grown more as a person traveling than I ever thought I would. It’s been a unique adventure."
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