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By his own admittance,
Myers is a fully paid up member of basketball's globe-trotting brigade,
journeying from country to country on the non-stop train of slam dunking
guns available for hire.
Thus far, the Scottish
Rocks forward has filled his passport with stamps from a variety of ports
A spell in Lithuania
followed a stint at university in the United States.
Then there were halts
in Finland and Iceland before touching down in Britain last year with Newcastle
Eagles, where he was to become the BBL's leading scorer.
they call such wanderlust-filled warriors.
Yet 6'6" Myers, who
was born and grew up in Trinidad, never aspired to travel. It was only
the revelation of his athletic gifts which commanded that he should emulate
fellow islanders as Dwight Yorke and Brian Lara and exit unto a more populous
Rather than having
in the world at his feet, however, he has instead always aspired to nestle
the ball in his hands.
Following the traditional
Caribbean pursuits of cricket and football, his idols were Viv Richards
and Diego Maradona, artisans who shone from a spot in the higher orders.
Their abilities may
have earned his admiration. Myers, though, was cut from a more unorthodox
"I was a goalie,"
"I liked their skills,
guys like Carlos Valderrama and Zico but they never influenced me. The
same in cricket which was my second favourite sport.
"In the West Indies
you play all the time. As a rule we used to have a match every. I liked
bowling but I much
preferred fielding, getting in the slip.
"Again, it was like
goalkeeping. Not so glamorous but I enjoyed it more."
Such youthful dalliances
did not go unrewarded in his eventual chosen field.
"We used to go to
the beach and take a ball and dive into the ocean to see how high you could
catch it. The ocean helped me build my muscles.
"We'd run in the
sand and get in the water and jump around. It made my legs really strong
which helped me out in basketball."
Averaging 18.5 points
per game for the free-scoring Scots, his latest employers have become ever
more reliant on Myers' leaps to land a scoring punch.
A latecomer to the
game, he has not wasted the opportunities afforded by his natural proficiency,
opting to eschew soccer for basketball as a means to gain a free ride into
America's golden melting pot.
"A lot of the guys
who were playing basketball with me were getting scholarships to the USA,"
"I wanted to go there
and play. I didn't want to stay in Trinidad. My coach told me I'd improved
that I should stick
with it and he'd get American scouts to come and see me play.
"One came down from
Florida and worked me out. He told me that I could cope with college ball
in America and a few weeks later I was there.
"At first, it wasn't
about travelling and seeing the world because I was satisfied with home.
But I knew I needed to get out and do my own thing because I was always
a mummy's boy.
"I was the only boy
in the family and it was hard to be under my mamma's arm all the time so
I needed to become independent. It was a case of doing my own thing."
The global circus
has been good to Myers. Only twice have bumps arisen en route which threatened
to hurl his convoy off course, particularly in Lithuania where his height
and skin colour singled him out for abuse.
"People called me
nigger and stuff like that. But it didn't bother me too much because I
knew they didn't know any better. They didn't have any black folk there.
So seeing a black person up close made them think.
"They knew me only
as a nigger because that's the way the media portray us. That's how they
Then at the start
of this season, he joined Chester. A match made in heaven quickly turned
into hell, an
apparent clash of
egos sending the Trinidadian into purgatory and a quick dismissal.
The Jets loss has
proved the Rocks gain. And Myers, laid back at every branch of his West
Indian roots, refuses to let such a fleeting hiccup spoil his adventures
"Life goes on. I
knew someone would pick me up so being released didn't bother me too much.
I was just annoyed about the way it happened."
He adds: "It's been
decent here and I think we can go pretty far. We just have to play hard
down to the wire."
from the Caribbean to the Clyde, one would expect nothing less from Trinidad's