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The 52-Year-Old Who Is Trying Out For The Nets G-League Team


You're never too old to follow your dreams, well at least according to this guy.

In news that has been making the rounds over the past few days, 52-year-old Bobby Fanning from Huntington Station in New York has tried his luck at realizing his NBA dream, via

The former high school point guard showed up to a tryout session for the Brooklyn Nets' G-League team -- the Long Island Nets -- at LIU Post’s Pratt Center. The session was open to people between the ages of 18 and 50, but the Nets made an exception for the 52-year-old.

Fanning went up against 114 other players competing for a roster spot, but said that although making the team would be a major accomplishment, it wasn't the main reason he decided to give it a shot.

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“It was something I’ve always wanted to do,"

"Self-gratification and accomplishment,” Fanning said of his goals. “I set out to do something, and I was a little hesitant at first... But you know what, you never lose touch of the game.”

On the court, Fanning tapped into his inner-point guard, the position he played in high school, finding his teammate for two backdoor layups. On each, Fanning was thanked for his generosity.

“I love that, when someone else can acknowledge ,” Fanning said. “Those are the things that the game is all about.”

Among the 114 other competitors were young athletes straight out of college who were looking to make a career out of their basketball skills. Players who had played professionally over in Europe were in attendance to hopefully make it onto an NBA roster one day.

“This is a shot at my dream,” Stokley said, a 26-year-old who played college basketball at Post and just completed his first professional season in Romania. “I’ve always had dreams of playing in the NBA. Romania was a great experience, but the G-League is a step closer to what I actually want to do.”

When Fanning was asked if he thought he could make it onto the Nets' NBA roster and be the oldest active player in NBA history, he wasn't hopeful, but he did leave the tryout with a grin and long-lasting memories.

“It was just an overall exhilarating experience,” he said, “very satisfying.”

Hey, you never know. If Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell go down with season-ending injuries, Bobby Fanning could be making his long-awaited NBA debut.