Facundo Campazzo Rumors
18 Dec 20
TJ McBride: “I know coach Malone loves playmakers. I wasn’t surprised. Adding him gives us a whole new dynamic making us tough to guard. “I love guys like that and I already reached out to talk.” -Monte Morris on the addition of Facu Campazzo
Harrison Wind: Monte Morris says he’s a big fan of the Facu Campazzo signing and having multiple playmakers on the floor at all times. He’s already reached out to Campazzo too. “I love playing alongside guys like that…”
Facundo Campazzo: To say I’m proud and thrilled about making it to the NBA would be an understatement. When you’re 5-foot-11 (or maybe 5-foot-10) and come from a country where basketball takes such a backseat to soccer, you’re not really supposed to end up playing with the best in the world. But here I am, at age 29 and about to become the shortest player without college basketball experience in league history. (I learned about this recently).
Facundo Campazzo: Like many of my future peers, playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream. When I was a kid, me and my friends played like we were Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Vince Carter and pretended we were in the league. To be honest, for much of my life I didn’t think actually playing in the NBA was a really attainable thing. It was only later on in my career, once I was with Real Madrid, that I even looked at it as a goal and maybe not a particularly realistic one.
Facundo Campazzo: But at one point I figured I may be NBA material and had a pretty decent shot at it. I heard there was interest and when I realized 3-4 months ago that interest was going to materialize into actual offers this year, I decided to really try my best to make it here. It was a family decision that we were not going to pass on this opportunity. I didn’t want to look back on my career down the road and have regrets about not pursuing a contract in the States. This was it.
Facundo Campazzo: That said, it was not an easy process at all. I mean, the basketball part was easy because playing is what I enjoy doing. But when you’re not playing, your mind wanders whether you like it or not. I wanted to go to the NBA, but I had to play the earlier portion of the basketball season in Europe. So you’re kind of like competing and in free agency at the same time. Not ideal!