Wayne Arnold, who hails from the Atlanta metropolitan area, has been one of the elite offensive standouts on four pro basketball teams in Japan over the past half-dozen years. He helped the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix capture back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.

My latest column looks at Arnold’s basketball career, mentors and other influences (why he wears No. 34, for instance) and thoughts on the game and what he views as the right way to play it.

Arnold currently stars for the Niigata Albirex BB. His 41-point game on Valentine’s Day, including 9 of 10 on 3-point shots was one of the most brilliant offensive performances I’ve seen in a lifetime of watching basketball.