Thursday, 23 June 2011

21 Hours in NYC

As some of you may have heard, last Tuesday night I flew to New York City to participate in one of the Knicks pre-draft workouts. Pretty whirlwind trip. Got to JFK at like 9pm, limo was waiting to pick me up... cool. Driver even had a little piece of paper with my name on it haha. From there we drove out to Tarrytown (about 45 min away) where the Knicks practice facility is and I got dropped off at the Marriot, pretty swanky hotel. The team gives you $50 for dinner so I checked in and got my room service on. Just hung out for the rest of the night in the king size bed.

 Next day after getting some breakfast and getting ready, the limo came and picked me and another player, Vlad Moldoveanu from American University, up and we headed over to the practice facility... which was awesome. Huge place with gym's for the Knicks, the WNBA Liberty, and a hockey rink for the Rangers. Anyways we got there and the Knicks people hooked us up with some fresh NBA gear which was sweet. Also got to meet the other guys we were working out with, Corey Stokes from Villanova and Mustapha Farrakhan from Virginia. Ran into Carmelo on my way out of the bathroom, he said hey, seemed like a nice enough guy. Also saw Andy Rautins, Landry Fields, and the leeegend Allan Houston. For the workout, we first did all the draft physical tests, which I clearly excelled at. Things like vertical jump, 60 yard dash, and the pro shuttle drills. Then we finally got to the basketball. Did a bunch of 1 on 0 shooting drills and then got into a lot of 2 on 2 games. The whole thing lasted about 2 hours. I was pretty happy with the way I played, although obviously didn't impress enough to get drafted (thanks for nothing Knicks...).

After the workout we got to meet coach D'Antoni, GM Donnie Walsh, the soon to be (and former Raptors) GM, Glen Grunwald and a couple other people. Had a quick shower and was driving to LaGuardia for my flight out within the hour. Got back Wednesday around 9pm, just in time to get a late night workout in at the gym. All in all was a really cool experience and a fun trip, not to mention some free NBA swag I can wear around which is obviously the most important thing


  1. Very cool!
    Incredible experience, looking forward to future posts

  2. Don't get it twisted. I'm the coolest Noah reading this blog.