BallnRoll’s Inside Look at the Grind of the 2019 NBA Summer League
“Guys out here are trying to fight for a job.”
Every year, the NBA’s Summer League takes place in the month of July.
It’s the unofficial start of the new season and a fresh new opportunity for hundreds of young and hungry basketball players, desperate for a shot at realizing a lifelong dream. With hard work, determination and of course, good play, many unknown ballers can take a step towards becoming household names in the NBA.
The Summer League is all about earning a spot in the machine.
The undrafted free agents look to secure contracts and roster spots. The signed rookies are hopeful of showing their respective organizations that the risk taken on them were worth it. As for the young NBA returnees, they hope to continue to hone their craft against fierce competition.
“There are guys fighting for their NBA careers, fighting to feed their families and whenever you have the opportunity of getting a job, there’s going to be competition and it’s going to require hard work,” said former Los Angeles Clippers big man Willie Reed, hopeful of re-establishing himself as an NBA player.
For rookies, Summer League is their first exposure to the fierce competition that the NBA presents. The road to securing an NBA job starts at this check point, but once a roster spot is guaranteed for the lucky few, the real journey begins, which is to not only hold onto the spot, but to continue getting better and developing into the best version of the player they can be.
“You just have to be ready and put your best foot forward every single time.”
This is the culmination of a long and difficult journey for many young basketball players. The opportunity to become an NBA player is here. All the real work has been done prior to this point, now it’s up to the young kids to go out there and play their game!
This is the grind of the Summer!