|20 March 2012|
|Forward/center Robert Joseph averaged 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in the EuroChallenge during his first spell at Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada|
By Jeff Taylor
What must be going on in the mind of Robert Joseph?
One can only imagine because for the second time this season, the big man has joined Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada.
And it couldn't have happened at a bigger moment for the Spanish outfit as they host Triumph Lyubertsy in a deciding third game of the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals.
Joseph, a 2.04m center from Haiti, had never played in Spain's top flight before this season.
He was an LEB journeyman, a player in the country's second division.
The 33-year-old brought shot-blocking, rebounds and scoring to Porfirio Fisac's team, one that was in dire need of help in the low post.
He looked to be a perfect fit.
But as players returned from injury, and with the team's decision to sign 22-year-old Senegalese forward Michel Diouf, Joseph was surplus to requirements.
He was let go after six games in the Liga Endesa (Spanish league) and four in the EuroChallenge.
Promising center Adrian Laso hurt his right knee in Game 1 of the EuroChallenge Quarter-Final against Triumph last week, though.
With Laso out of action for at least two weeks, Fuenlabrada have invited Joseph back into the side.
He played 24 minutes at the weekend against Banca Civica Sevilla and will also be available to face Triumph.
Joseph spoke to Basketball World News after his first Liga Endesa appearance in mid-January, a win at Valencia basket and one can surmise that his feelings will not have changed that much.
"It's a dream," he had said, when asked about the opportunity to play in Spain's top flight.
"I'm trying to enjoy the moment and help the team as much as I can.
"It's my first time. I've been in Spain for 10 years, and all 10 years in the LEB.
"This is the first time I've played in the ACB.
"I'm just going by the day."
Joseph laughed in that interview.
He said when his agent called him to let him know about the opportunity to play at Fuenlabrada the first time, he couldn't believe it.
"At first, I thought my agent was joking," Joseph said.
"I was thinking it was one of his practical jokes. He jokes a lot."
Several weeks later, and Joseph has another big chance with Fuenlabrada.
He may not be around to play at the EuroChallenge Final Four if Fuenlabrada win on Tuesday.
But at least he would be able to say that he helped them make it.