September 11, 2012 in Professional
Former University of Michigan big man Courtney Sims has carved out a nice career for himself in foreign leagues over the years. He recently talked to Junghwan Seo of Eurobasket about playing in South Korea this season:
There are lots of expectations on you because you have chosen No.1 player. Do you feel any pressure about that?
I don’t really feel any pressure right now. I always work extremely hard during the offseason, and I believe in my abilities on the court. Instead of pressure I feel that this is gratification for all the hard work I have put into my game over the past couple of years.
Sims also noted his goal is still to stick with a NBA team:
You tried to go to NBA severaltimes. But you could not play full season at there. What were difficulties tocompete with NBA players?
It isn’t difficult to compete in the NBA. I feel like I am an NBA player, but a lot of other stuff goes into making the NBA. Two of the three teams I was on were over the salary cap and could not keep me on the roster. If they had kept me the whole year they would have had to paydouble my salary, so obviously they decided not to. Making the NBA is all about having an opportunity and what you do with it. I never had a legitimate opportunity to make the NBA for the long term because I never played in game sonce I made it up to the NBA.