Think You’ve Got What It Takes To Join NBA? Start With GR Gold
Many kids dream of becoming a basketball star in the NBA, and now a pathway to that dream could come true with a chance to try out with the Grand Rapids Gold.
Dreams of The NBA
Many young kids' dreams of becoming an NBA basketball star often begin in a park or when shooting hoops in a driveway.
I started off playing "H-O-R-S-E" with the neighbor kids in driveways around the block that soon turned into actual basketball games and it was a lot of fun.
Like many kids in West Michigan, I joined the basketball team in school. We used to sit in the locker room and talk about what NBA team we would like to play for someday.
Like most kids my dreams of becoming an NBA star were short-lived and I moved on but other kids moved on to college teams in hopes of getting into the NBA draft.
Michigan Colleges Produce Several NBA Stars
The most well-known player to go to the NBA and come from a Michigan college is Magic Johnson who played for Michigan State. There are many other greats like Grand Rapids' own Devin Booker who when on to play with the Phoenix Suns. Booker even won a gold medal for Team USA during the 2021 Olympics. There are lots more players who played at Michigan schools who did make it to the NBA but there are many talented basketball players who were passed in the draft or never played college ball to get noticed but are unbelievably talented in a pickup game at the local gym or park.
Your Chance To Try Out For The Grand Rapids Gold
Maybe you didn't make the NBA draft at your college, or maybe you didn't go to college but you have the skills to be a top basketball player. In order to get to the NBA you need to get through the G League first and that is where the Grand Rapids Gold comes in.
According to the Grand Rapids Gold website, open tryouts for the Grand Rapids Gold are Saturday, September 16, 2023, from 9 am to Noon at MSA Woodland. The Gold is an affiliate of the Denver Nuggets so if you make the team you are getting noticed by the NBA. All the details you need to be a part of this great opportunity to live out your basketball dreams can be found here.