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Andre Emmett
Andre Emmett
Position: None
Born: 08/27/82
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:216 lbs. / 98 kg.
The soft-spoken player said he isn’t angry because his 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets wasn’t renewed. Instead, he returned to Reno this week more determined than ever to earn another opportunity in the NBA. “I was frustrated at one point,” Emmett said. “I had to check myself and control what I can control, and that’s working hard and being patient and wait for my opportunity, so I’m ready when it comes. I left with a better spirit. Now, I have to work just that much harder.”
Emmett was down to one last game on his tryout, and he could see which way things were heading. He showered and dressed, then went back into the arena to meet with his sister Rafiki Carter, who had watched all 12.2 seconds of his game action. “You want to know how I feel?” he said, the frustration finally emerging. “I’m happy for the guys, them getting tough losses and whatnot.” But, he added: “I came here to play basketball. Not to look at basketball.” He then boarded the team bus back to New Jersey and sat in the back to be alone. At 11 a.m. the next day, Emmett was alone, again. This time, he was relatively happy. The Nets were off, with no practice scheduled, so Emmett took the opportunity to have the practice facility to himself. After two hours of jumpers, he had two team interns double-team him and still swished his last few shots.
He was certain that if he got a fair shot, he could stick this time. Working in his favor was that the Nets had six games scheduled in the 10 days, which meant a lot of potential chances for him to get on the court, and a payday of $50,000 to $60.000. But he had little time to think that far ahead when he got the call. His flight was taking off in 45 minutes. “I’m like: Come on, man. I just got a call from the N.B.A. I need to get on this flight,” he said. American Airlines held the plane for him, but a Bighorns coach had to overnight his duffel bag. It was stuffed with everything Emmett had in Reno, including jerseys he wore on former teams, keepsakes of his itinerant basketball life. “That’s definitely the goal, to pack everything and not come back,” he said.
Ten days to make an impression. Ten days to redefine his life. N.B.A. teams use these contracts to fill spots on their benches. But the commitment is painfully meager: the player is signed for 10 days but can be released after one. If he lasts, he can be offered a second 10-day contract. When that ends, he must be signed for the rest of the season. Or just released. It is a tightrope, a lonesome reality show, an almost cruel audition far removed from the world of N.B.A. All-Stars, who gathered last weekend in Orlando, Fla., to share their good fortune. Of about two dozen players who signed 10-day contracts last season, a third were signed for the rest of the season. But Emmett was not complaining.
The New Jersey Nets have made some interesting NBA Development League moves in the past, but their latest call-up has done everything possible during his time in the D-League this season. Andre Emmett will be signed by the Nets in the coming days, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Emmett originally entered the NBA as a second round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2004, but has spent the majority of his career toiling overseas and in the D-League.