Little OT, but a piece on the D League gamble:
[b]'This Is The Grind, Chasing The Dream'[/b]
There are some things you should know about [John] Holland. He was not groomed from early childhood to be a professional basketball player. His high school in the Bronx was known for its academics more than for sports. And he wasn't recruited by major college programs.
"Coming out of high school I didn't have any offers, Division I offers," he says. "I thought I was good. Nobody else really on the Division I level thought I was good enough."
The Canton Charge, in yellow, play against the Idaho Stampede at the NBA D-League Showcase at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Jan. 6.
Holland landed at Boston University, a Division I school but hardly a basketball powerhouse. After college, he signed with professional teams in France, Spain and Turkey. He made six figures, but the moves didn't get him any closer to the NBA.
He figured his best shot was to come back to the States, and that's how he wound up in Canton, in the D-League, making $19,000.
"Sometimes it's about more than money, it's about the dream," he says. "And this year, this is what it's about. This is the grind, chasing the dream."