Kyle Kuric of FC Barcelona went through a difficult time in his career. Back in November, 2015, he was diagnosed with brain tumors and had a surgery to two days later. Just five months later the American guard was back on court. Despite undergoing a difficult surgery he not only returned to his best form but also progressed in his career. He joined FC Barcelona, a EuroLeaue side, in 2018 and has been with the Catalan giants ever since.
“I couldn’t understand really what was going on,” he recalled the time he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. “They very simply told me you got a tumor and we are going to operate. Okay, we have surgery and I recover and three days we play a game, no problem. Later on I found out how serious it really was.”
The internet and social media was full of supportive messages but Kuric never saw them. “I’ve never seen all the pictures and all the tweets, all the messages, the support around the world, especially in Spain, the U.S. was tremendous,” he said. “It really helps people in these situations.”
In his return game five months after the surgery he made 3 out of 4 three pointers in front of a massive crowd that cheered him. “It was the first time I stepped back on the court and played. That kind of really felt like you stepped on the court like this is where I belong,” Kuric recalled. “We had the crowd in background. Everybody’s kind of excited. in anticipation. I’ve been working for four-five months at this point just to get back to playing.”
After overcoming the brain tumor surgery, Kuric created a bucket list with 93 items to fulfil. “In every situation everybody takes it for granted. Until you go through a situation where your life does change very quickly, you don’t understand it. So I made a list of some of the most important things that I want to do and things that I have done just to have it written out of what I’ve been doing with my life and what I want to do. I’ve added some small things that have been significant in the past. And then I added some things what will change in the future, what I want to do. I think it’s about 93, something like that.”