MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Timberwolves’ new Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, recently announced that it would hold an open tryout in Minneapolis looking for local talent.
Which we decided was practically begging for our own David McCoy to give it a shot. We were kind of asking for trouble with this one. While the coaches and most of the players who try out do take it seriously, the truth is the only thing standing between the Timberwolves practice court and anybody off the street was a registration fee.
Even anybody like 5 foot, 6 inch tall McCoy, who by the way doesn’t have a lick of competitive basketball experience.
We all have dreams. If yours is to play professional basketball, a tryout with the Timberwolves D-League affiliate was only $200 away. That was never my dream. When you’re my size, let’s just say you dream accordingly. But that didn’t stop me from signing up for the try out.
If there’s one thing people don’t know about me, it’s that I’m terrible at this.
“These local tryouts, I’ve been to a lot of them,” Energy Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “I’m going to tell you this right now, there’s a very, very slim chance you make our team. Very slim.”
The goal for the players trying out is earning an invite to training camp, where you at least have the chance to try and make the actual team.
“I watch guys when they walk in the door, I watch guys right when they pick up the basketball for the first time,” Bjorkgren said. “And you can tell pretty quickly. And then you get in that first drill and guys start separating themselves.”
Let’s just say I separated myself, but not in a good way.