Want To Be In The Next Jeremy Lin? The Knicks and Nets' D-League Teams Are Having Open Tryouts
Who wouldn't want to be in the NBA? The money, the fame, the groupies...well the D-league teams of the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are having open tryouts. The Nets's B-team, the Springfield Armor, is having tryouts this Saturday at the Net's practice facility. The Knicks' little brother team, the Erie BayHawks, are having tryouts this Monday at Baruch College in Manhattan, then again on Oct. 9 in Erie.
That's not one, not two, but three chances for you to walk in, light it up, make the D-league squad, get called up to the Knicks (or the Nets) when a Knick (or a Net) suffer an injury, sit on the bench and sleep on your teammate's couch for a few weeks, then become a global phenomenon by having seven amazing, out-of-nowhere games!
Come on, who among us haven't watched the NBA and, at one point, quibbed that "player X sucks, I could do what he's doing"? Well, here's the chance.
"The idea is that the Springfield Armor are part of the Nets," said Milton Lee, the Nets' General Manager of Minor League Operations, to the New York Post. "We're trying to use it on many different platforms, the most important being developing our Nets players.
"Secondly, it's developing players we have in Springfield and identifying D-League candidates for the NBA. And, thirdly, it's searching outside of people already in the league for potential D-League caliber and maybe even NBA caliber players."
These open tryouts, as documented by ESPN, usually start with a shooting drill before moving on to scrimmages. So, make sure you work on that jumper, because, as the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression.
On a serious note, a number of players have successfully made the leap from D-League to the NBA in recent years, including Gerald Green and Matt Carroll. In all, there've been over 160 call-ups to the NBA from the D-League in the past 10 years.
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