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76-Year-Old NBA Hopeful Attends Tryout For D-League [Video]

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Don Wiberg can’t run, jump, or shoot, but he’s hoping to earn a spot on the Golden State Warriors. The 76-year-old attended an NBA tryout for the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s D-League affiliate team last weekend.

Wiberg, obviously, was the oldest person at the tryout.

Wiberg said:

“I can’t say that I can run, jump or shoot because I can’t. But for a guy who can’t run, jump or shoot I’m a decent passer and I’ll get in there and mix it up.”

Wiberg played one year of basketball at Cal Tech during college and hasn’t played much since then. According to Larry Brown Sports, the 76-year-old NBA hopeful gave up basketball 20-years ago to play beach volleyball.

Still, Wiberg has always dreamed of being in the NBA. And, at 76, well, time’s running out.

Wiberg said:

“I’m 76 years old and this is the only thing left on my bucket list — to try out for the Santa Cruz Warriors … It’s on my bucket list. You know, what the hell.”

Here’s a video about 76-year-old Don Wiberg’s NBA tryout.

Yahoo Sports reports that the Golden State Warriors can invite as many as 5 players from their D-league team to their training camp in November. Do you think Wiberg will make the cut? Maybe he’d have a chance if he could, you know, run, jump, or shoot.

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22 Responses to “76-Year-Old NBA Hopeful Attends Tryout For D-League [Video]”

  1. George Medina

    What Can You Say About This Gentleman I Hope He Completes His Mission The Man Has A Lot Of Determination I Applaud Him.

  2. Clinton McCool

    He can't run. He can't jump. He can't shoot. He couldn't make the cut for a high school team, let alone the pros.

    Amazing how everyone seems to throw common sense out the window just because he's 76 and it's a dream of his.

    Guess what? I've dreamed about being a in a rock band. I can't play an instrument. I can't sing. And I have stage fright. Would it make any sense whatsoever for me to even consider such a ridiculous thing?

    C'mon people. This is beyond stupid.

  3. Clinton McCool

    He can't run. He can't jump. He can't shoot. He couldn't make the cut for a high school team, let alone the pros.

    Amazing how everyone seems to throw common sense out the window just because he's 76 and it's a dream of his.

    Guess what? I've dreamed about being a in a rock band. I can't play an instrument. I can't sing. And I have stage fright. Would it make any sense whatsoever for me to even consider such a ridiculous thing?

    C'mon people. This is beyond stupid.

  4. Anonymous

    He needs psycho treatment he wasting peoples time and his own , go volunteer at the hospital do some good chasing ego's stuff at your age isn't wisdon its lunacy.

  5. William Guido

    HIS excuse its that his boddy is giving up…. whats is yours u suck in life ……

  6. Anonymous

    @ Clinton McCool……This is what you call living the dream, something you and your wanna be rockstar aspirations will never achieve because you lack the balls my friend. And this is his bucket list, something you do before you die, and this was the last thing on it, that's impressive in its self,You on the other hand probably have low self esteem and worry too much about what people think of you, he doesn't that's why you will never be remembered. He will.

  7. Anonymous

    This reminds me of something that happened to a friend of mine in college. He went out for Indiana's team. I believe the center at the time was Joby Wright. He stood 6'8". My friend was 5'10" and had few skills. Somehow he was matched up against Joby in a scrimmage. He caught the ball and he immediately engulfed by Joby. With no options, he scooped the ball under Wrights arm pit and it banked in. At that point, my friend decided he would retire having shot 100% against Joby Wright. He refused to take another shot and is ready for retirement with a story to tell his grandchildren.

  8. Daniel Wood

    at least he's out there trying at the age of 76. and even though he most likely wont make it, he's still proud because all he wanted to do was tryout for the NBA and he did. that's a big accomplishment. he's living his dreams, you're not.

  9. Anonymous

    I like a man that is determined It's a long shot but what the hell, This guy has earned his chance for sure!

  10. Anonymous

    My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do, Fox84.comCHECK IT OUT.

  11. Kenny Ambiance

    I give him credit for at least going to try out. I would try out for the D-League someday too but I'm waiting to recover from injuries and work on my fundamentals a bit more first, and I don't think there are any tryout places in Atlanta :(

  12. Tim Smith

    Lol, I don't know why, but before I read this article I thought the guy was going to be black!

  13. Wanda Williams

    Pray that you MAKE it to 76 to entertain the thought. Hell, many can't cross the street, and Pop's wants to go NBA?! DO YOU DADDY-O!!

  14. Anonymous

    He needs psycho treatment he wasting peoples time and his own , go volunteer at the hospital do some good chasing ego's stuff at your age isn't wisdon its lunacy.He can't shoot. I am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it's where to- connect with beautiful and excellent people! He couldn't make the cut for a high school team, let alone the pros.Amazing how everyone seems to throw common sense out the window just because he's 76 and it's a dream of his.

  15. Janette Hevner

    This man might be 76, but at least he tried! Most people live their lives dreaming of this or that, and doing nothing about it. Very commendable that a man of his age is at least trying, knowing the odds are against him!