Taquan Dean: Allow me to reintroduce myself

"Today's gonna be a good day."


I’ve been out of sight out of mind for four years now. The desire didn’t stop, the relentless hours in the gym haven’t stopped, and the obsession to get back to the states has grown even more. You see it every year and you guys wonder: “Where have these players been and how can they make a living overseas?” If you must know, basketball is life over here. The players never get a break; they play all year long, after the season they go and play for their national team, and then it’s time for the season again.  I’ve been blessed to have met coaches that believed in me and helped me become a better player ever since college. That’s where I’ll get into detail with this new blog. Check back with me in a few days so we can get this thing started.


I wake up, look out the window, and tell God and myself that today’s gonna be a good day. Now it’s time for 200 push ups, oatmeal and some green tea. Today is an important day because I’m seeing if the doctor will give me the green light to play again. Got a knee to the thigh a month ago and kept playing, not knowing that the impact was so hard that I had a slight tear in my muscle. No wonder I was a little off balance on my shot. Since I’ve been out we (Unicaja) have lost 3 games and this thursday is the start of the Euroleague. I’m always searching for new challenges, and what a challenge this is.

One thing I’ve learned from the greats is that you can’t be afraid to fail. Funny thing is, for the 1st time in my life I’m listening to the doctor. The old me would have said “I’m playing, no matter what they say”.  So here I am waiting for the results, and the funnier thing is the old me is still in me, LOL. I’ve been working out with the weight vest and running the hills on my own. It drives me crazy knowing if I take a day off someone is gaining on me or I’m losing time gaining on someone else. Check back with me tomorrow and I’ll let you guys know the results.

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