Reese hooping it up in the Czech Republic

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 06:19 PM.

The most difficult thing about his rookie season in Spain was the adjustment of being so far from home for the first time and learning how to play European-style basketball, Reese said.

“They call the travel more so you have to get used to that,” Reese said. “But other than that, it’s just getting comfortable in the situation that you are in. That’s the hardest thing: being away from home and getting used to the new situation and being comfortable in the country you are in.

“You miss your family and the language barrier can be tough. On the court, basketball is basketball. Since I was a young kid, I’ve played basketball and I do not think that’s changed.”

The European game is a little more physical than the one played in the United States, Reese said.

“In Spain, it was real physical,” he said. “Spain was more physical than the Czech Republic, that’s for sure.

“They let you bang in the post and hand check a lot, but you’ve just got to get used to it. Playing and practicing, you get use to it pretty quick.”

Although Reese and his bride, Brooke, honeymooned in Jamaica, he said they are enjoying the opportunity to have an extended honeymoon of sorts in the Czech Republic.

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