Joslyn Tinkle Blogs
After her first season in the WNBA and with the Storm, Joslyn Tinkle has signed to play with UNI Györ in Györ, Hungary.
She joined the Storm on Aug. 24, 2013 following a very strong career at Stanford. Tinkle played in six games with Seattle.
Tinkle is one of six Storm players competing in Europe this offseason. Fellow Storm rookie Tianna Hawkins is also in Hungary, Tanisha Wright and Camille Little are teaming up for Kayseri in Turkey and rounding out the European group is Temeka Johnson and Sue Bird in Russia.
Tinkle recently penned a blog for StormBasketball.com in advance of her team’s game vs. Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg and Storm point guard Sue Bird on Thursday, Nov. 7.
From Joslyn Tinkle
Hey Storm Crazies,
I hope this note finds you all well! I have finally arrived in Gyor, Hungary after what seemed like a “forever” couple of travel days. I had no idea what to expect prior to embarking on this exciting and new journey.I have traveled out of the country several times throughout my life, but this time it was different and way more scary...I was alone!
Once I touched down in Frankfurt, Germany, I didn’t recognize anything and felt so out of place. Wide eyed and sweating, I decided to take a breath and embrace my nerves. After a quick hour flight to Budapest, I finally forgot all nerves and couldn’t wait to get to Gyor. I arrived to the city of Gyor at 16:00, which was the first thing I had to get used to...24 hour clock! The general manager greeted me and said, “practice in an hour.” Geez, no rest for the weary! I had my first practice that night and was so relieved to meet such kind and welcoming teammates. I was surprised to find out that all the girls on the team spoke English, and spoke it well! The coaches on the other hand...not so much! However, the girls do a good job of translating to the Americans what they are saying. Often times we ask them what coach just said and they laugh and reply with, “don’t worry about it, he is babbling on.” :)
There are 3 Americans on the team: Danielle Diamant from Northwestern, Courtney Vandersloot from the Chicago Sky and myself. It makes the transition much easier when you have others in your same position. Courtney and I are brand new to the team and it has been great to go through this process with someone who has experience playing in Europe and this league. Not to mention, she is such a fun point guard to play with!
We have made it through our first week of practice and Europe living. We usually practice twice a day and incorporate some weightlifting. Practices are going well and our team seems to enjoy playing together. However, some of the drills they have us doing are taking some time to get used to and are quite comical. I guess former teammates were right when they said, “it’s just different.”
Our first game is approaching us quickly, and what better way to start it than against the best team in EuroLeague. That’s right, this Thursday, Nov. 7 our team will face off at home vs. Ekaterinburg...also known as Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker’s team. I think it is so cool that I have the opportunity to play in such a competitive league and to start my oversees career playing three of the best WNBA players of all time. I sure hope our team is ready!
The toughest thing so far in adjusting to this new and foreign lifestyle are the day to day activities that you take for granted in the US. For example: the currency difference, the simple “please and thank you,” reading a menu and ordering food. The daily interactions we have with the people here take much more effort. I find myself pulling out my phone to use a translation app all the time...and even then it’s still hard. When we pass a group of people and say hi, they say “see you,” or when we say bye they answer with, “hallo.” The other day Courtney and I were buying groceries and when they told us the amount, we had to stop, think, count, and think again while the cashier stares back at you in a hurry and causes us to get flustered. I suppose all this will become much easier and more comfortable as time goes on. Although this very new part of my life is definitely a challenge and different, I am so blessed to have such an awesome opportunity. I am lucky to be able to see so many different beautiful parts of the world all because of basketball, and for that I am so grateful. I am loving the experience so far and know it will only help better prepare me as both a player and person in the future.
Thanks for reading and until next time, “See ah!”