First things first. Ryan was picked again this week to be "Top Performing Player #6" in Turkey. He played last weekend and ended with 28 points and a WIN! He's working so hard and doing so well. Proud of him!
As many of you may know (or have no clue/don't care) there is an NBA lockout going on right now. Because of the lockout a TON of NBA players have made the jump to overseas Basketball. Before the lockout a lot of NBA players would come to Europe if they got cut, weren't signed, retired from the NBA etc. Well, this season has been different. A lot of BIG named players have made their way over to still make money while the issues in the States are resolved. Players such as Deron Williams, Sasha Vujacic, Tony Parker, Mehmet Okur, Omri Casspi and many more are currently playing overseas. There are plenty more still talking about coming overseas if an agreement isn't worked out some time soon such as Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. It's fun for Ryan to play against a lot of high profile names giving him the chance to prove he can compete with these guys. Last night for example his team played Besiktas. Deron Williams is currently playing for Besiktas. Ryan was guarded the entire game by Deron Williams himself. Ryan had 15 points and played really well against him! It was such an amazing game with an awesome atmosphere. Crazy, screaming and whistling fans were jammed into the arena. More people were standing then sitting. Unfortunately, we lost but Aliaga didn't go down without a fight and it was a really great game! This is definitely something we'll remember forever. Ryan playing against the best point guard in the NBA.
Way to go Ryan!!