1) Choose a course of action.
It all starts with the first step. I would give it all I had to make it happen. What what would that mean?
It implies that in order to be as flexible as possible about attending exposure camps or leaving the nation for a newly-offered opportunity, I would make illogical decisions, such as accepting an easy-in, easy-out job like selling gym memberships. It implies that everyone in my vicinity would have to be aware of the strategy (continue reading). That implies that, in one way or another, my entire existence would revolve on going back into professional basketball. Following that primary goal, everything else becomes sense.
Fewer than 1% of athletes in college go pro. Everyone aims to be among the one percent. Everyone is unable to attend. Given the current odds, your only chance of success is to put everything on the line. You’ll pass up possibilities if you’re not quite all the way in. You’ll lose out on chances because you were blind and failed to notice what was in front of you. Because you are aware that you have a backup plan, you will not give it your all.
Plan B is only necessary when Plan A is uncertain. If you have a backup plan in case you decide to become a professional basketball player, don’t waste time or energy on it—just start with Plan B.
2) Examine my destination.
Make it more strategic—far too many people end up performing random things in an attempt to fit in. This is the first thing you should do.
I would search for exposure camps on the internet. I would compile a list of all the camps I could locate into a spreadsheet and obtain the following data:
Date Location Estimated Entry Fee Costs of travel, lodging, and meals
previous player caliber (on a 1–5)
Previous decision-maker caliber (1–5)
Individual intuition on this incident (1–5)
Now that I had this information, I could begin removing and promoting particular events in accordance with what I had discovered. There are a lot of camps, combines, and tryouts (sometimes known as “events”), so your list will be healthy. The purpose of the list is to provide you with all of your alternatives; it does not imply that you will attend them all.
3) Preserve my funds.
Events aren’t free, as you and I both know if you’ve attended any pro ball tryouts. Camps and combines are operated by individuals and organizations for profit; they earn off your attendance, which is not a negative thing and does not imply that they are con artists. They should be paid if their event gives you the chance to land a contract and helps decision-makers identify their next great player. I want to be sure I’m understanding this topic correctly.
You ought to be prepared to pay for everything that someone offers you or sets up for you to progress. Camps for exposure are not an anomaly.
Resuming my argument, these things cost money. I might have to pay for my lodging, my airfare, and some spending money for meals (breakfast, lunch, and supper, anyone?). And I’m spending this money, which may be a certain amount, from my 9 to 5 job. This implies that financial planning is necessary. Since I didn’t always have the money, I can say with certainty that if I had, I would have attended twice as many exposure camps and combines as a player. Setting up a financial budget would be my first task if I were starting the game today.
The world of professional basketball is not nonprofit. Therefore, in this specific instance, money is necessary for many players to become wealthy.
4) Assist my family in embracing the strategy.
During my days of playing, trying out, and exposure camp, I had the advantage of simply having to take care of myself. I didn’t have a spouse or children. However, I encountered several guys who were either wagering for greater stakes, such as diapers, child support, baby food, or mortgage payments, or they were forking over the cash that would have been used for those expenses to attend the exposure camp. I discussed one such example of a man who had his own business and a wife to take into consideration while looking at his pro choices in this in-depth video about the financial side of basketball. There’s more to it than just playing, something that many casual fans fail to realize. Basketball players are actual persons in actual lives.
Having said that, I would make sure my spouse, girlfriend, mother of my children, and children were aware of my plans and the reasons behind them. I would need to devote all of my time, energy, finances, focus, and attention to this quest. It is also necessary for everyone to comprehend, accept, and modify as necessary. LeBron James hinted at this in a speech he made about his own wife and children.
You can’t always be selfish when you’re a family man or woman—I totally assume this because I don’t have children and am in a relationship but am not yet married. You have to play for more than just yourself. I would need to get my “Home Team” on board.
5) Participate in the National Tryout for the NBA G-League.
This endorsement has not been requested or paid for. Since the G-League is not flawless, you’ll find several reasons why no one from the league requested me to write about them. Until I have personally attended an exposure camp, I will not personally support any of them. The one occasion I did cosign a camp I planned to attend (refer to the above-mentioned film on the business of basketball), the quality of the delivery was lacking. I attended two national and two local G-League/then-D-League trials, but I was not selected for the league. Why then would I advise you to go?