Detroit Pistons: Are you good enough for the G-League?

Motor City Cruise guard Derrick Walton Jr Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Motor City Cruise guard Derrick Walton Jr Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /

The answer to the question in the title is no, you aren’t good enough for the G-League (no offense) but that won’t stop hundreds of fans of the Detroit Pistons from trying out for the Motor City Cruise.

The Cruise are once-again holding open tryouts for anyone who thinks they can hang with guys who are on the fringes of the NBA.

We all know at least one person who has said some ridiculous nonsense like “I could have made that shot,” or “I’ll bet I could guard (insert NBA player they couldn’t defend if their life depended on it).”

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If you know such a person, and want to have some fodder for making fun of them for the rest of their lives, why not encourage them to go try out for the Motor City Cruise?

They won’t get to play against NBA players, but will get to face some of the best hoopers in Detroit.

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Let’s face it, if someone from one of these open tryouts actually made the G-League it would be the stuff of a feel-good Disney film.

Obviously that is probably not going to happen, as even the guys in the G-League are among the elite basketball players on planet earth.

But it offers a unique opportunity for fans and for the Detroit Pistons to market their G-League affiliate. Here are the details of the tryout according to James Edwards III of The Athletic:

Not only is this a great way to generate interest in the Cruise, and to showcase some of the local talent of Detroit, but it’s a nice little money grab, as it will cost you $250 to attend the tryout.

If anyone would like to pay me $250 to tell them they are not good enough for the G-League, please let me know, as that sounds like good work if you can get it.

The Cruise had a great season last year and will hopefully start producing players that can make an impact for the Detroit Pistons, something that the Raptors have had success doing with their G-League team.

Who knows, maybe this year’s tryout will identify a hidden gem, some baller who has been lurking around Detroit but hasn’t got a shot.

It’s more likely that it will produce some funny videos for us to mock on Twitter and a nice pile of money for the Motor City Cruise, but what is $250 in comparison to getting to live out a dream?

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