Off-the-court chemistry is important for team building. The more players bond off the court, the easier it should be to deal with tough times on the court. Rarely, though, does that bonding come from playing a different sport as has been the case with golf and ALBA Berlin.
It all started when Luke Sikma joined the team. He has been playing golf from a young age and has kept the sport as a hobby throughout his basketball career.
"The weather, golf-wise, was much better in Spain, a lot longer golf season and you didn't have to wear so many layers," Sikma said. "But here in Berlin, there are some great courses around the area and also having a bunch of teammates that play makes it a lot more fun to get out there because you got some guys to go with and throw a couple of jackets on, some long underwear and you can still go out and play even in the dead of winter."