The State.com's Bob Spear has a very nice article about swingman Tarence Kinsey. He talks about how hard TK has worked to make it to the NBA and has some nice quotes about the undrafted 2nd year player.
“I take a lot of pride in how he developed,” (South Carolina coach Dave) Odom said. “He worked at the game and he earned his place.”
He signed a free-agent contract with the Grizzlies, but he saw little playing time much of last season. He really “made” the team during the stretches of DNPs in the box scores.
“He earned respect then,” Odom said. “A lot of players sit there, pout, collect their money and go home. Tarence didn’t do that; he kept working.
“(Former Grizzlies general manager) Jerry West told me he sought out the coaches to get in extra work. He caught their eye that way.”
“Jerry West told me Tarence had a better understanding of the game than anybody — anybody — on that team,” Odom said.
It's a really great look at Kinsey's perseverance and determination. Hopefully, he'll be able to play at an even higher level this season.
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