View Full Version : Gonzo Looking to Leap To NBA
07-10-2001, 09:14 PM
From the whimsical and turtle-look-a-like John Clayton:
Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez begins his annual July fling in the NBA summer league in Southern California, but this year he's even more serious about his second sport. Before he reports to Chiefs training camp, Gonzalez has scheduled workouts for NBA teams in Boston and Salt Lake City. If an NBA team likes what it sees, Gonzalez is willing to play power forward as soon as the Chiefs season is over, just like he did when he was a two-sport player at Cal.
07-10-2001, 09:17 PM
After the topic I just posted.......I CAN SEE HIM DOING THAT!!:mad: :mad:
07-10-2001, 09:17 PM
Thats ok with me. Vermeil won't care, basketball is good for quickness, as he said.
07-10-2001, 09:20 PM
It would be a mistake for the Chiefs to allow this. Basketball is the number one injury sport.
07-10-2001, 09:22 PM
I really don't think its nothing to worry about, IMO.
besides, I heard he's not that good at hoops as he is football so he probably won't make it, he's undersized
07-10-2001, 09:26 PM
Even if he does make it (as it says below) basketball helps with quickness, but then I thought about it...
a 6'4 power forward in the NBA? I don't think so.
07-10-2001, 11:28 PM
Gonzo should understand that if he burns his candle at both ends it won't burn as long as it would otherwise. C'mon Gonzo, look at what you all ready are. A SuperStar TE! Play some offseason B-Ball but keep your perspective. Please!
07-10-2001, 11:59 PM
Gonzo said about a month ago in an article that he feels he is good enough to play in the league, but he sees himself as at best a 3rd or 4th guy off the bench who can come in and play some minutes. If he's satisfied with that, whatever. He knows where his bread and butter is, but I don't fault anyone for persuing their dreams. He might as well try and find out once and for all if he is good enough to be in the NBA, if for nothing else so that he doesn't look back on it 10-15 years down he road and wonder. But I doubt he'll really seriously persue it to a point where it detracts from football, especially with his big payday coming up...
Mile High Mania
07-11-2001, 06:28 AM
This is the last year of his contract, right?
He knows, you know and Peterson should know that they will have to make him the NFL's highest paid TE... averaging what, about $3.5M a year or more plus a $5-8M bonus.
So, go ahead and pony up the money and set up a clause that limits his 'outside' activities.
Clint in Wichita
07-11-2001, 07:24 AM
Hell' never make an NBA roster. He doesn't have anywhere near the talent, and he doesn't have the drawing power to get signed just to fill seats.
07-11-2001, 08:56 AM
I say let him scratch this itch to make him realize there is a HUGE difference between college ball and the NBA. Then he can settle down to become one of the greatest TEs in the NFL.
Randy Moss found out he wasn't all that with his recent foray and that wasn't even real NBA talent on the court this summer.
TonyG is only 6'4" and does not have springs in his feet. ( Us white guys are elevation-challenged). He'd be fortunate to land a CBA slot but then Isiah Thomas screwed that league up so who knows where TonyG would go.
No need to worry Chiefs fans....
07-11-2001, 09:03 AM
I think Tony has ups. Those cross bars he dunks over are 10' tall and he does it with all that gear on.
Having said that, a 6'4" power forward who only weighs 245 pounds? He'll easily be the smallest power forward in the league.
so he signs with a team and sits on the bench. He'll either get board or sit on the pine. Either way, I doubt he'll be exposed any more to injury than he already is.
07-11-2001, 09:13 AM
If you'll notice, Tony takes a running start from 20-40 feet away before dunking that ball. And there is a big difference in the size of the basketball and a NFL football. But there is more to basketball than just dunking it (Shaq realized this after 5-6 years in the NBA)
TonyG is a positional pine player with the talent levels currently seen in the NBA.
Like Cal Injun said, let him scratch this itch. He'll find out that he's not good enough(or should I say big enough) to play power forward in the NBA. Of course, you never know. He could play a small forward and excel at it. Either way, they can easily write a clause in his contract next year that limits his non-football activities (you beat me to the punch on this one Mile High). Let him get it out of his system now. Then again, we could end up with another Bo Jackson.
By the way Cal,
Tony is Hispanic, not white.
07-11-2001, 09:45 AM
I'm not saying that he'll make it, but he still is carrying a fair amount of gear on his back when he makes those leaps.
He'll soon realize he is an inferior player in the league and not too many teams will sign him for only half a season. I'm sure he accels in the summer league, but there are many playground legends who never make it in the pros.
BTW Injun, Gonzalez is hispanic, not white.
07-11-2001, 10:14 AM
BTW, Gonzo is hispanic - not white.
07-11-2001, 12:10 PM
I am not going to say Gonzo is going to "make it" in the NBA either.
But supposedly Gonzo has improved his game big time since college. He's been playing in that NBA summer league for a few years now.
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought I heard that Gonzo averaged 18 points per game in last year's summer league.
Also Gonzo will be quite a bit shorter than most other power forwards in the NBA. But the weight differential will not be that great.
I guarantee that Gonzo can run the floor better than the majority of the power forwards in the NBA. If he has an outside shot he might be able to be a back-up for somebody.
I think what he wants to do is just make a team. And then when he gets in the game he wants to make an impact and try to improve. If he plays well and inpresses the coaches when he gets in, he may get more minutes and then who knows what might happen. That is probably Gonzo's thinking IMO.
07-11-2001, 12:17 PM
Injun, Tony is not white, he's hispanic.:p
Clint in Wichita
07-11-2001, 12:21 PM
Hopefully someone like Tim Duncan will use his arse as a receptacle, and he'll immediately leave the NBA with his tail between his legs.
IMO all 4 major sports should have league-wide rules against multi-sport athletes.
Franchises should not have to watch their investments risk bodily injury in some other league.
The only modern athlete to truly excel in 2 major sports was Bo Jackson. The others, such as Deion Sanders, end up embarrassing themselves.
I'd bet money that Gonzo will look like a slow, uncoordinated oaf on an NBA court.
07-11-2001, 04:47 PM
I'm just curious here, but how many of you saying that TG doesn't have what it takes have actually seen him on a court lately? I know I haven't so I can't say how he would do.. I'm just wondering when and where you've seen him play? I'd love to see him sometime.
07-11-2001, 05:16 PM
Tony plays in the Summer Leagues in Long Beach, and I've been meaning to go down and catch a game. If I do, I'll let you all know. And TG's heritage is Portuguese, Italian and Native American, not "Hispanic".
07-11-2001, 05:21 PM
I watched him play at Cal while we were there at the same time. Good, but nothing special...
07-12-2001, 09:49 AM
I knew that he is a melting pot as is Donnie Edwards, but I didn't know he had all those nationalities....
He's gotta have some hispanic - where did the last name come from?
07-12-2001, 10:47 AM
Maybe the Portuguese? You know, the other country on the Iberian Peninsula. There's a large concentration of Portuguese in California, especially around the Monterey Bay where they used to be in the salmon fishing/canning industry.
Just a thought...:p
07-12-2001, 11:27 AM
Aren't Portugese considered hispanic?
07-12-2001, 12:09 PM
Not as I understand the use of the word "hispanic". By my understanding, the term Hispanic, as used in Texas where I was stationed means mixed Spanish/Indian so it mainly applies to natives of Mexican, Carribbean, Central or South American descent.
Most European Spaniards and Portuguese that I've met do not consider the Spanish/Portuguese speaking Americans (North and South) to be any more "Spanish", than the european French consider the "Quebecuios" (sp) to be "French.
07-12-2001, 08:21 PM
Main Entry: His·pan·ic
Etymology: Latin hispanicus, from Hispania Iberian Peninsula, Spain
Date: circa 1889
: of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the U.S.; especially : one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin
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