Hello folks, it’s Coach Tayron #reportinglivefrom Manizales, Colombia. Been a while since my last update and a lot has happened since then! For two months now I have really stepped up my game and been playing extremely well! A month ago, I was in the Dominican Republic where my team won eight straight, finished in first place with a 12-3 record, and clinched a playoff berth after a 30 point/6 rebound/6 assist performance by yours truly. Then BOOM it happened, something that nobody was expecting including myself, the fans, and the organization!
I was given a great opportunity to play in Colombia and show off my talents in a new country! Obviously I was a little bit devastated to leave the Dominican Republic as I’ve been with the team past three years now, and it’s become like a second home! However, I know that sometimes you have to make difficult decisions and you may not be able to please everyone. Basketball at this level is a business and like anything it doesn’t last forever so at the end of the day you have to do what’s best for you and your family. Although tough, I welcomed the opportunity and set off on my latest basketball adventure in South America!
The city is very family oriented, peaceful, and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The locals have been very hospitable which has led to a nice transition. Manizales not only has amazing coffee but is situated right next to an active volcano which is actually used to heat some of the pools in town. We had a team event at one of the local hotels and I found out the pool water came direct from the volcano. The water was really hott but incredibly relaxing doing my body some much needed justice, lol!!
Now back to basketball. The fans here really appreciate the players and the organization although they haven’t had a winning season in over ten years! With that in mind, you know I had to bring my “A” game just for the fans. Halfway thru the season, I’m proud to say we are tied for first place at 8-2 and are finally giving these fans what they’ve waiting so long to see. I’m having an excellent season and in fact, one of the top coaches in the league said, and I quote,”Thomas is the best import I ever seen here in Colombia. He does it all, he already killed us twice.” A little taken back by his words, I recognize that when you get an opportunity and you take advantage of it, this is the kind of feedback and result you can get!
Anyway, I hope y’all enjoyed the update, keep working hard, and continue striving for your goals both on and off the court! By the way even though I left, my team in DR (Dominican Republic) still made it to the finals (which start today), so I want to give a big shout-out and good luck to the San Fransisco Indios @indiossfm (Go Get That Chip)!! Until next time, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson