Monday , Jul , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

The Professor – Diary #12

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The other day I got a call from my business manager Mark Edwards and he told me that he got a call from the new CBA franchise, the Atlanta
Crunk, and they wanted to know if I was interested in playing for them.

When I heard the news, I was super hyped! I always have wanted to
continue my regular basketball career at as high of level as possible
but there are always limited opportunities due to the mixtape tour going
year round. When I told Mark that I would definitely play for them if the
scheduling fits for this winter, we got on a conference call with the GM
and coach. Coaching the team next season will be ex NBA player Kenny
Anderson who played for the Nets, Celtics, and Blazers throughout his
career. Who better for me to be coached by then an ex NBA player who was amazing in his career?!

On the conference call Kenny and the GM, who goes by the name of Spydo, said that when I miss the beginning part of training camp and come in late it will be tough to come in and get a lot of playing time because the chemistry won’t be where it needs to be and I might not be in tiptop game shape. But I understood that to the fullest. Whenever your in a system trying to get playing time, it always comes down to how well you perform in games and at practice. I am a huge believer of the quote, ‘Play always speaks for itself.’ If someone deserves the minutes, their performance will be self-explanitory. When I played for the IBL franchise in my hometown of Aalem Oregon, they brought me in knowing I could hold my own at the least, but they really just thought I would sell tickets. So when it came time to start the season they had 2 guards in front of me and were playin’ me not even 10 minutes a game. So at first I was mad, but then I told myself I was just going to stick with it and if my play speaks for itself ill earn my way. Then 3 games into the season and I was already a starter! Its because I worked the hardest and outshined the other guards in games and in practice, as well as off the court.

So that’s the attitude I’m going to carry into this next situation with the Atlanta team in the CBA, which I’m nothin but excited for…….