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San Antonio Spurs: 1980 NBA Draft Pick Wants to Make the Team

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 18: The logo of the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at AT
SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 18: The logo of the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at AT
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Someone the San Antonio Spurs selected 37 years ago wants to join the team.

In 1980, the San Antonio Spurs selected a player, named Calvin Roberts from California State University, Fullerton. This happened in Round 4, Pick 83.

Roberts played two years of college basketball at CSU Fullerton. He averaged 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds on 54 percent shooting.

Roberts never played for the Spurs and didn’t record a single minute in an NBA game, however. Given how lengthy NBA Draft’s were, with being it 10 rounds until 1984.

Well, 37 years after being drafted by San Antonio, Roberts wants in on the NBA. He’s 61-years-old, standing at 6-foot-8, 246 pounds.

In a clip from ABC News, Roberts spoke about how he feels like he’s in good enough shape to play in the league. He even feels that he can play for the Spurs (h/t The Big Lead):

“I’m healthy for my age and I’m dedicated. I hope they see that,” he said. “I am trying to get their attention so they can see that I’m in shape, I’m ready and willing to try it again at this age. I’m serious and I want to be there. It’s my second chance and I’m taking it. If they give me a chance, I’m going all the way.”

Calvin Roberts, a 61-year-old grandpa from Las Vegas, says he’s “not going to give up” until he fulfills his dream of playing for the NBA. pic.twitter.com/BSRHmyy30b

— ABC News (@ABC) July 1, 2017

At Roberts’ age, he’s potentially a long shot at playing in the NBA, especially with the league being full of players ages 19-40. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but there could be an uphill battle for Roberts.

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Let’s see if anyone gives Roberts the chance to make a team. If so, it could create one of the most memorable stories of the year.

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