籃球與我(下)
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愛德 2019/3/22

台啤的立陶宛射手愛德,在來台參加瓊斯盃之後就愛上台灣。如今他終於如願在台灣打球,這是他的故事。


  點此看籃球與我(上)
   
  I got a chance to play in Junior EuroLeague when I was 17. My team won qualification to final four, I was even the MVP. Before the final four, I practiced very hard because I really wanted to win the champion. In one practice, I tried to drive to the basket and the worst thing happened...

  我17歲的時候,獲得參加青年歐洲籃球聯賽的資格。我的球隊贏了晉級四強的比賽,我甚至拿到MVP。在四強賽開打之前,我非常努力練習,因為我非常想拿到冠軍。在我練切入的時候,最糟糕的事發生了...


  My ACL got injured. I went through a big surgery. I was 17 years old then. I was thinking whether my basketball career should stop here. I didn’t know what I was gonna do. Fortunately, my family supported me a lot. Even my mom quit her job to help me recover after surgery. With such big support, I worked hard and came back to the court eventually.

  我的前十字韌帶受傷了,動了大手術。那時候我17歲,當時我想我的籃球生涯是不是就此結束了?我完全不知道該怎麼辦。幸好,我家人非常支持我。我媽媽甚至辭去工作,陪我進行手術後的復健。靠著這樣強大的支持,我很努力復健、練習,最後回到球場。


  However, I was not given much time to be on the court. Maybe the coach thought that I was still not ready yet. They said,” You're young. Go practice. Sit on the bench. Wait for your time.” When I was 18 years old, “Wait for your time.” When I'm 19 years old, still “Wait for your time, sit on the bench.” When I was 20 years old, still the same, “You have to wait for your opportunity.” I didn't play a lot there. I didn't enjoy basketball. Even at one moment, I was thinking to quit basketball because I went on the court to practice, but I knew I would not play in the game. This was the hardest moment in my life.

  然而,我的上場機會不多,或許教練覺得我還沒準備好。他們一直說「你還年輕,多練球,去坐板凳,等待時機。」我18歲的時候,「等待時機」。19歲的時候,「在板凳區等待時機」。當我20歲的時候,他們還是說「你就是要等待機會」。我上場時間不多,不再那麼享受籃球,甚至曾經想要放棄籃球,因為我在球場上練習,卻知道自己不會被派上場。這是我人生中最難熬的時刻。


  Besides, in Lithuania, there are some haters. They know that my dad is a basketball coach. If I played well, that's okay. Everyone said, “Good job.” But after I played one bad game, they started to talk like, “oh, you played bad. You should get out of this team. What are you doing here? It’s your father who pushes you on the court. You don't deserve these minutes. Your father gives you more minutes.” When the dad is the coach, it’s very very hard. Everybody around is talking.

  此外,在立陶宛有些酸民。他們知道我爸是籃球教練。如果我打得好,那就沒事,他們會說「做得好」。但要是我有一場打不好,他們馬上會酸「你打超爛。你不該留在隊上。你到底在幹嘛?一定是你爸的關係才能上場。你不配這些上場時間。你爸給你比較多上場時間啦。」爸爸就是球隊教練,真的不好過,周遭的人都會講閒話。


  Still, I felt very good when I played with my dad’s team because I had more power to play for the team and for my dad. He gave me a lot of confidence as well. He always told me to shoot, and to shoot 3-pointers. But at the end of the day, it’s very hard to ignore the haters’ words.

  然而,能在我爸的隊上打球,我其實很開心。因為我會有更多動力為球隊、為我爸打球,他也會給我很多信心。他會一直叫我投籃,投三分球。但最後還是很難忽略那些酸言酸語。


 

  Thus, I made the deal to cut the contract. I went to Estonia in 2016 when I was 21 years old. The level is not very high, but I just wanted to raise my confidence. I played a lot in the season. I played as a point guard. I raised my confidence to a very high level. After that season in Estonia, I went back to Lithuania. I played very well then I think.

  因此,我就和球隊解約。2016年,我21歲的時候,就到愛沙尼亞打球。那個聯盟強度不高,但我只想找回信心。在那個球季,我的上場時間很多,擔任控球後衛。我的自信被重建得很好。在愛沙尼亞打了一個球季之後,我回到立陶宛,我覺得自己後來就打得很不錯。

 

(愛德在瓊斯盃出賽,籃協提供。)



  This year, Taiwan, finally.       今年我終於來到台灣。


  In 2017, I came to Jones Cup. It’s my first time to Taiwan. I like the weather, the people, and the nature here. After Jones Cup, I thought, “I want to go back to Taiwan.” Last season, each team could only have one foreigner. Everybody wanted a big guy. I am 192 cm tall, not suitable for being a center. Still, I came to Pauian to play some tournaments with them, but I knew that I was not gonna stay. Nevertheless, the rules changed in this season. I finally got a chance to come back.

  2017的瓊斯盃是我第一次來台灣。我喜歡這裡的天氣、這裡的人、還有大自然。在瓊斯盃之後,我就想要回來台灣打球。上個球季,每一隊只能有一個外籍球員,大家都想要大洋將。我身高192公分,不適合中鋒的位置。但我還是有去璞園,和他們一起打一些比賽,可是我知道自己不可能留下來。但這一季的規則改了,我終於有機會可以回來。


  Now I am playing for Taiwan Beer. I like the coach. He has conversation with us. He tells us what’s wrong and what’s good. As for on the court, I enjoy shooting 3-pointer. But for me, sometimes it’s more fun to pass. When someone, like rookie, gets the ball and scores the points, he will be very happy. That is more interesting for me than shooting some crazy shots myself. Sometimes the teammates or the coach, they even say, “You have to shoot. Don't always pass.” Sometimes it’s a problem that I'm passing too much. All in all, it's more important that we play like a team. I hope everybody like it. We played well. For fans, they can see a prettier game.

  現在我在台啤打球。我很喜歡教練,他會跟我們溝通,會跟我們說哪裡打得不好、哪裡好。至於在球場上,我很享受投三分球。但對我來說,有時候傳球更好玩。尤其是新人接到球,投籃得分,他們都會很開心。這比我一直投籃有趣多了。有時候隊友和教練會跟我說「你要投籃,不要一直傳球」,所以一直傳球有時候是個問題。總之,我覺得我們打球像一個團隊比較重要。我希望大家都喜歡這樣的球風,我們打得好,對球迷來說,他們也會看到比較好看的比賽。

(愛德終於來到台灣,台啤粉專提供。)

 

  I'm just playing and enjoying my life right now. When I was young, I would think, “Oh next year, I'm gonna play here or there”. But the world is changing so fast. For example, last season I had no chance to play in Taiwan, but now I am here. How should basketball players live? For me, we just have to play hard. Then, somebody will come and offer something.

  現在我就是把球打好、享受生活。以前,我會想說「明年我要去這裡、那裡打球」。但是世界變化太快了。就像上一個球季,我沒有機會在台灣打球,但我現在就在這了。籃球員該如何生存?對我來說,我們就是認真打球,然後機會就會出現了。


  Also, I always look at things in a positive way. For instance, it hit me hard when I got the ACL injury. Yet, one of the reasons how I met my girlfriend is that she got the same injury like me. So we started to talk. I gave her much information about the injury because I was already healthy at that time. Everything happens for a reason, so just do our best!

  另外,我也總是從正面角度看事情。舉例來說,前十字韌帶受傷很痛苦,但這卻是我遇見我女朋友的原因之一。因為她也受了同樣的傷,我們就開始聊天,由於我已經康復了,所以就給她很多建議。每件事發生都是有原因的,所以就盡己所能吧!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


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