Freddie Lish: Basketball is one of the few activities that allows me to let my thoughts wander freely

WORLD CUP NEWS : Freddie Lish’s game shows no symptoms of uncertainty. It all happens so fast when you see him go up the court from end to end and then stop on a dime to launch a three-pointer while the defenders are still racing back to cover the paint.

This is what makes the 1.73m (5’8″) guard so tough to defend, resulting in a 22.0 ppg average on 55.6 fg% and 46.7 tp% shooting.

Love the (Thai) Land

Despite the frigid temperature in Mongolia, Lish’s confidence is unshakeable, and it will take a lot for the other team to knock it out of him.

Freddie Lish


When asked about her confidence, Lish replied, “I always have confidence to do what I’m going to do.” However, she said that having the support of the coach and squad helped her to play more freely. I can work with constraints and play to a system’s strengths. I put in a lot of time and effort into my job, and it shows. Now, all I have to do is keep the momentum going.

Comfortable in one’s own skin; unrestrained. That may be the most accurate description of Lish’s gaming strategy. Those who have seen him perform live around Asia over the last decade may attest to this as well.

It’s been simpler for Lish to play freely thanks to the support of coach Edu Torres and his teammates. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also the added pressure of representing Thailand on the field.

A FIBA national team call-up was a lifelong dream come true for Lish, and he is grateful for the opportunity. “I’m simply grateful that the organization gave me the chance to participate in something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

Lish, at 34 years old, may be a FIBA rookie, but he has extensive international and domestic playing experience for Thailand. His professional career spans over a decade, during which he has played for teams in Thailand and against them, and he was a member of the national squad in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Yet, there’s something subtly different about putting on the Thailand shirt for the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 qualifiers.

When you’re on the national team, “you have the entire country pulling for you to perform well,” as Lish put it.

In addition, I get to compete against some of Thailand’s finest athletes. For me, being on the same team as these people is more meaningful since we are all working for a greater goal.

Getting Out

When you watch Lish playing, you know he belongs on the court. A careless grin is as common as his impassioned roars of joy after made baskets.

No matter how serious the scenario is, you won’t see Lish becoming flustered if he’s playing. When “Ball is Life,” players tend to act accordingly.

I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t playing basketball. According to him, “it’s one of the few places I can liberate my thoughts,” adding that his “mom placed the ball in the crib, that entire tale” in earlier interviews.

I’ve had the good fortune to have this game take me across the globe, and I want to keep plugging away at it till the end of my career.


Moreover, he has traveled extensively. Lish, born and raised in Hawaii, has traveled all throughout the United States, from Milwaukee to Oregon and Alabama. He decided to go on that journey in his last year at the University of South Alabama.

Lish added, “Ever since I was a tiny child, I’ve understood that basketball would be my ticket out.” “When you put your mind to anything, you want nothing but yourself to be in your way. In my last year of college, I faced the reality of having to choose between becoming pro and graduating with my degree.

It’s no surprise that Lish “decided to go pro” and try to take his basketball career to the next level.

F.O.E. stands for “Family of Encouragement.”

This FIBA “rookie” is now 34 years old, thus he has had a long, eventful, and challenging path in basketball.

His family, over various generations, has been his rock during these turning points.

To quote the lady who has always been there for me: “Just believe in yourself and everything is possible.”

There have been numerous points in my professional career when I felt like giving up, but basketball is what I really love, so I want to keep trying to play until I can’t. I don’t want my two girls to grow up thinking their dad is a quitter; that’s why I’m encouraging them to go after their dreams.

This is why Lish considers his participation with the Thailand national team in the First Round of the Asia Cup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers to be a major career highlight.

Lish, referring to his time spent with the national team, stated, “I’ve won scoring titles, championships, M.V.P.s, but the greatest part about the basketball life is the competition, meeting new people, and being able to travel the globe and provide for my family.” Having learned that my mother’s family is from Thailand, this has always been a lifelong goal of mine.

Putting on the jersey with the flag makes you feel like you’re a part of something greater than yourself, and that’s a terrific feeling.



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