Sports Person of the Week - Josh Gray
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles native Josh Gray had a winding road to the NBA with stops at Washington-Marion, Texas Tech, Odessa College, LSU and the G-League. Last season, he reached his lifelong goal playing in five games with the Phoenix Suns.
"It was a dream come true and there were many nights after those games I would go back to my house and I would cry tears of joy because of the route I took and how hard it was for me to finally get on an NBA floor," said Gray. "It's a type a feeling that I really can't explain and I could never prepare for."
This offseason, Gray bet on himself in the NBA Summer League, playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged over six points playing 13 minutes a game.
"I have a lot of buzz going and a lot of NBA teams that wanted to bring me into camp and offer me a training camp deal in order to try and make the team"
But by chance, another opportunity opened up. The LG Sakers of the Korean Basketball League came calling with a lucrative offer. Gray has decided to put his NBA dream on hold and head overseas for guaranteed money.
"When this Korean team offered me this contract, it was guaranteed and it was secure. That's what I need in my life right now," Gray said. "Leaving my family and friends, it was pretty tough, But it's not about me anymore or my feelings or what I want to do. That's what you sign up for when you bring another human being into the world."
Just seven months ago, Gray and his girlfriend had a son. Ever since Kason's birth, Gray says it's changed the way he thinks about everything.
"It's like the best thing that has ever happened to me. It's way beyond basketball, the money, the finances or the houses- it's a different type of feeling," admitted Gray. "When you were making decisions, it's all about the kid now."
So Gray and his family will head off to South Korea to continue his basketball career and one day getting back to the NBA.
"I'm just excited to get out there and learn more about the country and city. They want me to come in and be myself. They want me to score the ball fast-paced, be aggressive on the defensive side of the ball and be the Josh Gray wait that we all know I can be."