“I’ve been working out like crazy,” said the former University of Southern Indiana star and Division II Player of the Year.
By “crazy,” he means several hours per day on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, sometimes with members of the Illini basketball team and coach Bruce Weber, who originally signed Smith.
Now Smith has a chance to fulfill a dream. But sometimes that chance seems to be a dream.
“When my agent told me (about the Celtics’ invitation), I was, ‘Are you serious?’ ” said Smith. “Now I’m in the gym two or three times a day. My dad called me and asked, ‘Are you working hard?’ When I said I was, he said, ‘Well, you have to work harder.’ “
I’m not sure Smith has a snowball’s chance in hell of making the C’s roster, but he’s approaching it the right way. Work out until you can’t work out any longer. And then work out some more. As his agent said, “Anytime you’re on a basketball court and in a professional camp and there are 18 players vying for 15 spots, you’ve got a chance.”
Something else his agent said? “Jamar has been spending his entire life in a gym getting ready for this opportunity.”
Sounds like my kind of guy.
Read the rest of the story. If you aren’t already, you’ll become a fan of Smith’s.