Back in 2015, Complex News' Speedy Morman tried out for the NBA D-League and got a low-key comment from the coach. In 2016, Speedy almost went pro. In June 2017, the NBA D-League became the G-League, creating a brand new opportunity for aspiring pro players to make it to the NBA.
The G-League goes beyond being a minor league; it prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory with an assist from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).
Working on everything from meal plans, improving sleep patterns, efficient workout routines, and creating new flavors of Gatorade, the GSSI team gives players the tools, skills, and innovations to push them to the next level of performance.
Speedy took a trip to the GSSI campus, which is housed smack in the middle of the massive IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton, Florida, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility, test his skills, and maybe get a Gatorade endorsement deal.
G-League President Malcolm Turner and lead GSSI scientist Kortney Darlrymple were also on hand to talk about the league and brag a bit on the exclusivity of the lab; the NBA doesn't have access yet.