Life off the Pitch
Jamon Gordon of Aris Thessaloniki writes about his childhood years, the time he spent off the court while injured and how he feels that he is back in action.
Edited by Konstantinos Panas.
Jamon Gordon out of Jacksonville, Florida is the guest for this week on My Hoop Journey currently playing for a traditional Greek powerhouse, Aris Thessaloniki.
When I was a kid, it was tough. Especially I remember I had to fight to get on the court because all my friends were better than me. But I knew the only way of making it was playing defense, and that’s how I earned minutes. And also I was the youngest of my friends which made me stronger and love the game of basketball even more.
I had a dream of playing in the NBA, but I had to make a choice of playing overseas because family comes first. I had to take care of them. Although there is not a day go by that I don’t think about making to the highest level. I believe it’s every basketball player’s dream to make it to the NBA.
But to be honest, I feel more like a European now; rather than American. One my biggest moments was claiming the Greek Cup with Olympiacos on 2011 and of course making it to Euroleague’s Top 8 with Efes. Also playing for Maroussi and almost making it to Top 8 was a huge success.
When I was out due to the crucial recent injury; I did spend most of the time with my daughter. I missed a lot of time with her over the years, so most of the time was with her. Afterward, I did help my niece with practicing though she plays high school basketball.
It is nice to be back playing the game I love, and I am good space in my head again. Sometime last year I felt I wasn’t as focused as my past years and I made my coaches and teammates down. That’s something I had time to think about when I was out. So I’m Just trying to get back to give my all to the game that changed my life in so many good ways.
Greece is the country that kind of taught me the ways to be a professional and showed me the in and outs of how to be a good basketball player in Europe. It’s good to see so many people that I haven’t seen in so many years. Coaches, ex-teammates and some young players that are now older and playing good in their careers.