I’m Sam Daghlas, the Jordan National Team captain. Just wanted to check in with you guys and tell you about our preparation for the upcoming 2010 World Championship in Turkey.
I’m here in Lebanon getting ready for the third FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup. We are using this tournament to prepare for the upcoming World Championship games.
It’s going to be a tough tournament, but I think we should be OK at the end of the day. We are hoping to win it and make it back-to-back since we won it last year.
Right now, our coach is working hard on preparing the team more for the World Championship games more then these games in Lebanon. But make no mistake about it… We want to win Stankovic cup.
After that, we will be traveling to Croatia for a friendly tournament that will host us, Russia, New Zealand and Croatia.
This tournament will be a great test for us right before we go into our first game in the World Championship against Australia. We have a tough pool (five of the top 12 teams in the world!) so we need to work very hard to be ready to bring it every night and compete at a high level.
I’m very excited about the World Championship for the team and for myself. I’ve always wanted to play at the big stage of the World Championship and I finally get that chance come August 28.
I’ve been working very hard since I stated playing pro overseas and started my career in Jordan. Since I came to Jordan, my team Zain has won the league six years in a row, won the Asia club championship in 2006 and Arab clubs championship in 2008. I’ve also won six different championships with the National Team.
As I turn 31 this September, I’m looking to showcase my talent at the World Championship games and maybe some team can see that I can help them and contact my agent Ara Vartanian, because I’m looking to play out abroad. I’m hoping Europe or Asia. I’m a big point guard that is a leader and wants to win first. I have a lot of basketball yet to be played and I would like to play at the highest level I can.
As we are now getting closer to the World Championship, my focus has been on nothing but basketball. I’m focused on how I can help my team get better and how we can improve and advance to the second stage at the World Championship.
A lot of people are not giving Jordan any chance, but I think we are going to surprise them a lot. I hope we can stay healthy and show the world that we have some good basketball on this side of the world. Basketball is improving everywhere and we are seeing it every year.
As I leave you guys, I would like to thank HoopsHype for giving me the time and place for this blog and want to remind everyone to keep an eye out on Jordan at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.
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That’s all for now!