Last week I was granted a roster spot for the historic Albany Patroon’s training camp. Over 25 athletes traveled from all over the nation for a chance to crack the final roster of 10 for a team that played in the championship one year ago. I traveled a grand total of four blocks, but that does not mean that I did not deserve to be there.
I didn’t do much training. I figured my natural athletic abilities would just take over and I would show head coach Derrick Rowland and company that I belonged on that court. For those of who who don’t know I’m already a part of the Albany Patroons organization as the “voice of the team.”
I’ve called my fair share of their games and I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. The only problem is that my body did not. I guess I found out the difference in speed from calling the games to actually participating in them when I stepped on the court. When I called the games last year I could anticipate a pass or an open lane and the game just fell into place. With the ball in my hands I was a deer in headlights.
At least I gave it a shot and left it all on the court….including my pride, but I’m glad I don’t have to ask my self what if? Because I did. And I got my teeth kicked in.
The Patroons’ season starts this Friday when they open up with the Jamestown Jackals. They are playing in a newly formed league simply called The Basketball League. Right now the league has 11 teams that span from up here in Albany, as far south as Tampa Bay and as far west as Washington state.
Come out this Saturday for their home opener against the New York Court Kings at the historic Washington Avenue Armory. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and you can find ticket information at Albanypatroonsbasketball.com.
Check out the Patroons documentary trailer on the link below and that will get you revved up for this season.