Called for Traveling My Nomadic Life Playing Pro Basketball around the World By Tyler Smith
Called for Traveling is a pro basketball journey that spans four continents, seven countries and twelve teams over eleven hilarious and adventurous years. After playing his college ball at Penn State, Tyler Smith had a path in mind of where he wanted his pro basketball career to lead. Bringing his own toilet paper to away games, courts made of concrete, and fully-geared riot police at every stadium were not part of his original dream.

Where were all the big contracts people talked about? Would he even have a job next season—or next week? And would he be playing for free this month because the team didn’t feel like paying him?

In this highly unstable and unorthodox overseas lifestyle as a professional basketball player, Smith draws readers in quickly with his humor and ability to share his clever stories that seem outrageous, but are 100 percent true. His attitude and faith are tested relentlessly through bounced paychecks, injuries, and the seemingly endless frustrating reality of people around him speaking a language he could not understand.

From Italy to Japan to Uruguay, and even the NBA, the challenges and adventures only accelerate as Tyler’s wife and kids are added to the overseas equation. His unique story is highly engaging whether or not you’re a basketball junkie. Called for Traveling is an honest and entertaining inside look at one man’s journey playing pro basketball around the world.
TitleCalled for Traveling
SubtitleMy Nomadic Life Playing Pro Basketball around the World
AuthorBy Tyler Smith
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSports Publishing
Published24 October 2017
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
Illustrations20 color photos.

About the author

Tyler Smith was a three-year starter on the men's basketball team at Penn State and was an Academic All-American. He played a key role during Penn State's run to the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 when they knocked off North Carolina en route to PSU's best season in almost fifty years. Following his graduation from Penn State, Smith played professional basketball for eleven years in the US and overseas. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife Cara and daughters Hannah, Lexi, and Tori.

"Extremely entertaining."--Hall of Fame forward Rick Barry
“There are only a little more than 400 players in the NBA at any one time. For the rest of the talented players who come out of the college ranks, there's either the humdrum a real job or the chase for continued hoops glory in pro leagues all over the globe. All too often, the stories of those pursuing basketball careers in far-flung places go untold, though they are packed with as much grit, sacrifice, and hard work as those of NBA All-Stars—and often are every bit as gripping (and sometimes far more hilarious). Bouncing from Holland to Japan to Thailand, with several stops in between, former Penn State star Tyler Smith takes us through his incredible journey.” —Sean Deveney, national NBA writer, Sporting News
“Tyler Smith's globetrotting tale is an entertaining look at life as an athlete on the fringe of his sport. Called for Traveling is a stark reminder of how difficult it can be to keep the dream alive. It is replete with colorful characters and legends of basketball, which play an integral part in why, for some, those dreams never go away.” —Kenny Albert, broadcaster, FOX Sports/MSG Network
“It’s a delight to be along for the metaphorical ride as Smith tells the tales that cobbled together so many of his experiences as a player and as a young adult juggling the duties of being a newlywed and a new father, too.”-Japan Times
ISBNs: 9781683580775 978-1-68358-077-5 Title: called for traveling category:SPO ISBNs: 9781683580768 978-1-68358-076-8 Title: called for traveling category:SPO 
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