22 March 2015 – Today FC Barcelona visited Valencia Basket in the national league. It was the ‘homecoming’ of Justin Doellman who played very successfully with Valencia during the last two seasons and he was indeed welcomed with a standing ovation.
That was however also the end of all friendliness as the crowd was in for a win against Barcelona and the arena was roaring from the beginning. Although it was a tight game throughout the first half, mostly in our favor, we managed to extend our lead gradually after the break and ended up with an incredible 93-73 win.
After the game I picked up autographs on custom cards from Juan Carlos Navarro, Mario Hezonja, Tomas Satoransky, Tibor Pleiss, Marcelinho Huertas, Maciej Lampe and Edwin Jackson. Bostjan Nachbar signed a custom jersey card and I also had a quick chat with Justin Doellman who signed a custom card for the Valencia Basket set. Finally I also had an opportunity to thank DeShaun Thomas for the custom cards he signed and sent through the mail a little while ago. He remembered and was visibly very happy that I got them, a great guy to meet.
I also received a bunch of other cards friends of mine had signed earlier this week when Russian powerhouse BC Khimki visited Valencia for Eurocup. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the game, which was a bummer because among their players was newly signed Victor Claver, a local and long-time Valencia player. They brought me back signed custom cards of Tyler Honeycutt, Tyrese Ryce, Paul Davis, James Augustine and Sergei Monia. Victor Claver signed one too, as well as a custom card for the Valencia Basket set. An amazing gesture from my friends to help me out, once again!