Later today, 60 dreams of becoming a pro basketball player will be realized at the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But while fans get to see the finished products walk on stage, hundreds of hours of preparation goes into making dreams a reality.
Most potential first-round picks declare for the NBA draft in April. That gives them only two short months until the NBA draft on June 25. In that time, players have to transition from being regular college students to professionals.
“The process is crazy,” former Arkansas big man Bobby Portis said. “I’ve never been away from my mom or outside of Arkansas this long. I just have to remember, every kid doesn’t get to experience this.”
The top NBA prospects gathered in Manhattan today to speak with the media ahead of tomorrow night’s draft. But for many of the soon-to-be-pros, the event doubled as a high-profile reunion between former teammates, old friends, and long-time rivals.
Here’s what a few of the future NBA-ers had to say about each other:
Justise Winslow (Duke, forward) on Jahlil Okafor (Duke, center):
“Over the past four or so years, getting to know him, getting really close with him, Team USA and then you go to Duke and become brothers, become champions… It’s just been fun, having someone with a very common experience as you coming through the same situation and going through the same experience. It makes it a lot easier, just having someone that you know so well here.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.
James could do nothing more. He extended a conceding hand and congratulations.
Moments later, Curry was hoisting a trophy in the air — one as golden as his team.
The Golden State Warriors finally seem to be alive after struggling through the opening games of the NBA Finals. League MVP Stephen Curry scored 37 points, outmatching LeBron James (40 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) and leading the Warriors to a 104-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 5.
For the first time in this year’s NBA Finals, Golden State pulled away from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of a game. The Warriors’ balanced team effort beat the Cavaliers, 103-82, evening the series 2-2 and earning back home-court advantage.
Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 4.
Fans did not get another overtime, but Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals lived up to the excitement of the first two contests.
Despite league MVP Stephen Curry finding his shooting stroke in the second half, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers powered past the Warriors, 96-91, to take a 2-1 series lead.
Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 3.
This year’s NBA Finals is already looking like one of the best in years. This series became the first Finals ever to go to overtime in its first two games, but Game 2 had a different outcome than Game 1. LeBron James’ triple-double propelled the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Golden State Warriors, 95-93, in OT on Sunday night.
Here’s what you need to know if you missed Game 2.