Mitch Creek put a successful career in Australia’s National Basketball League on hold to chase his dream of making it to the NBA. And then he almost didn’t pick up the phone.
“It was late at night and almost didn’t answer the call because it was a bit late and I didn’t know what it was going to be,” said Creek in the hours before his first NBA game as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. “Thankfully, it was a call that you dream of as a young man. For me to experience that, and the feeling of emotion afterwards was something I’ll never forget and something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
The call came with an offer for a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, and Creek made his NBA debut in Friday night’s 109-99 win over the New York Knicks, entering the game briefly as an injury substitute for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and making 1-of-2 free throws.