Jamaal Tinsley Eyeing NBA Comeback
Jamaal Tinsley hasn’t been on an NBA roster for over a year, but the 33-year-old hopes that changes when the lockout comes to an end. Tinsley has been eyeing a comeback for quite some time, and he’s been working hard to turn his vision into reality.
“Physically, I was away from the game, but mentally I was there,” Tinsley said. “I got up early every day and worked out. I did lots of shooting and lots of conditioning. I maintained a healthy diet and watched tons of basketball.”
For the past six months, Tinsley has been on a strenuous, two-a-day workout plan. As he started planning his comeback, he knew that his body would have to be in top-notch shape.
Beginning in his third year, Tinsley’s playing weight was up to 195-pounds, which allowed him to post up smaller guards. Now, Tinsley is in outstanding shape. He has added muscle and dropped his weight to 185-pounds, which is what he weighed when he entered the league in 2001.
“I’m back at my playing weight and I feel great,” Tinsley said. “I know where I stand and what I can do. I’m just waiting for the situation that’s the best for me.”
Tinsley is currently playing in Impact Basketball’s Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas. He’ll be able to test himself against opposing point guards such as John Wall, Kyle Lowry and Mo Williams. In his debut game, he recorded 19 points and 8 assists.
“I can still lead the troops!” Tinsley said with a laugh.
Because he hasn’t played in over a year, he knows that he has a lot to prove if he wants to return to the league. When asked what he can bring to a team at this point in his career, Tinsley made his case.
“I leave it all on the floor and I come ready to work,” Tinsley said. “I’m still able to do the things that I was able to do before. I can compete at a high level. I’m much more mature and the game unfolds slower to me now. I think I can lead a team and develop younger guards, as I did in Memphis.”
Summed up, he says that if a team signs him, they’ll be getting “a wiser, stronger and deceptively quicker Jamaal Tinsley” than the NBA has seen in years past.
Tinsley’s goal throughout his career has been to make those around him better. Over the course of his eight years in the NBA, he averaged 9.8 points, 6.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds. He says that’s because he demanded a lot out of his teammates, which is something he’ll never stop doing as long as he’s playing basketball.
“Trust in me through the ups and downs and give me your all while we’re on the court,” Tinsley said. “Once you put that basketball in my hands, we’re all going to get better. You can’t lose with that attitude and that’s always going to be in me.”
While Tinsley’s primary goal is to return to the NBA, he isn’t opposed to signing abroad, especially if the lockout continues for a lengthy period of time. Tinsley has received interest from several international teams and will seriously consider his overseas offers if the labor talks continue to stall.
“I’m not at all against going overseas, especially considering the NBA is experiencing a lockout,” Tinsley said.
Over the next few months, Tinsley will continue to train and prepare himself for the upcoming season. He’s determined to land on an NBA roster and prove to everyone that he can still lead the troops, even on basketball’s biggest stage.