The NBA D-League is already used to welcoming the brothers of certain NBA stars and studs (like Blake Griffin's brother Taylor, and Carl Landry's brother Marcus) to the league. What's more, Seth Curry (Stephen's little brother) will spend training camp with the Warriors, making it likely that he too, will hit the D-League hardwood in Santa Cruz, should he be cut.
Should the minor league get ready to welcome one of the NBA's rising stars' cousins this coming season as well?
Recently, Anthony Davis' cousin, Keith Chamberlain, participated in an NBADL tryout with the Iowa Energy, the Pelicans' D-League affiliate. From Pelicans.com:
Keith Chamberlain, 25, who grew up in Chicago with Davis, traveled to New Orleans this weekend in order to participate in the D-League tryout and stay with his cousin. Chamberlain's mother and Davis' mom are sisters.
Chamberlain and 33 other young players registered to play Sunday at Tulane's Hertz Center and be seen by coaches and staff of the Iowa Energy. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, the team is the Pelicans' D-League affiliate, as well as the affiliate of Chicago, Denver, Minnesota and Washington. The Energy are hosting tryouts this fall in each of the five NBA cities, seeking undiscovered basketball talent. The best prospects will later be invited to Energy training camp or have their names submitted as potential D-League draftees.
"I'm hoping to hear good news from this tryout," said Chamberlain, a 6-foot-7 forward who appeared to be adept at scoring and rebounding during Sunday's scrimmages. "But if not, I plan to stay down here in New Orleans and continue working out with Anthony."
Aside from being Davis' cousins, a couple of international stints highlight Chamberlain's basketball resume. Perhaps the clip below allows us a bit more insight on the 25 year old's skill set.
In any event, the fact that Chamberlain has overseas experience should have given him a leg up on most (if not all) of the competition taking part in the Energy tryout. A good amount of the participants during such auditions lack extensive experience and/or previous time spent honing and polishing their skills.