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CBDL Wants To Help Players Understand Why Most Are Not Being Considered Professional Athletes - Jan 8, 2016

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Here is why are there so many players as free agents and why are they not playing anywhere.
The answer to this question is actually in the question itself. There are more players than teams. The problem lies within the players most of the time. Production, lack of Playing time, Attitude, Ego, IQ, Defense, Efficiency, and yes Consistency are most of the issues that lies within the players and why they are still playing in lower level leagues or not playing at all.
STOP jumping from team to team... STOP looking for an easy way to get seen.. STOP believing that you will not have to work as hard if you go to someone who says he can get you a look...AND STOP BELIEVING your a professional especially if you have not played in the D-league or have high level international experience. (ex: top tier Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia). We have talked about what the difference is between being considered a professional and just being considered a player. Many of these players are just that, A PLAYER.

They lack the understanding and the development of being a professional. When approached by a true professional coach, agent, or scout within the industry, they fail to produce, they lack communication skills, or they freeze up all together because its as if these players have never stepped on the big stage. Yes, many players are hoping to one day be chosen as on of the 450 players on the NBA roster and just hope to get a chance to play in the D-League to even have that chance. Others choose a faster but more unreliable direction with playing in smaller level leagues internationally and making a couple thousand dollars a month, playing against lesser talent, and not even being looked at by anyone here in the states. Remember, your film really means nothing if your not playing against some solid talent. But what you do outside the game means a whole lot more to a team. Such as a player interview. It tells a lot about a player and his character by the way he speaks and how he initiates the conversation to the listener. His skills assessment workouts. This allows teams to seem increase and decrease in development over the time when the player has been with this particular organization or is not playing during the season and showing his work ethic. His community service. This shows he is involved with his community, offering his time to help the youth and build relationships with people while training. His commitment. This goes to show the team what trials and tribulations this player has gone through to keep working and what sacrifices he has made as a player to really give 100% of his time into the game.
These are just a few things that players forget about and feel that their time in the gym is enough to give them a shot at playing basketball for a career. The problem, too many teams in the US give false impression about what being a professional really is. Its not about a players pay, or whether a team travels by airplane, bus, or van to the next game or if a player is housed or taken care of. Yes teams choose to do this for players who in all actuality have "NO VALUE". Its about the true definition of the word "professional". So to be clear, many more players can be seen and analyzed if they go through the process of becoming a professional instead of just choosing a team and going to play for a few months and then not being able to play or having to find another place to travel and go play. Players need to stay in one area, find a solid foundation to train and develop as a professional athlete during a season and when their not playing and not just jump from team to team (JUST TO PLAY). It does not look good when a player jumps from league to league in all theses league in the US and never actually going anywhere. It just shows that "Traveling recreational basketball" will always show its true title as players continue to get the wrong impression on playing the game. So we are just letting you know what this is why players continue to be without a place to play after a few months because the commitment to that particular team is only there for the season and then they move on. For players who play internationally, you should have some strong play in order to really prove yourself worthy to a higher level league internationally but if your numbers are basic at your position and mediocre at best, your chances of getting a chance at a higher level, are far and in between.

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The Atlanta Show are the first ever NABL champions. They fired past the Dallas Hoyas 145:110 in the title clash. Bernard Parks(6'3''-F, college: Point, GA) scored impressive 52 points to lead the champions. He was named the MVP after the game. Atlanta finished their 2016 season with a perfect 15-0 record. Atlanta Show prevailed against the Austin Knights 117:106 in the semifinal clash. The Western Conference champions Dallas Hoyas took care of the Savannah Cavaliers 137:110 in another sem...   [read more]

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