Driven By Younger Brother’s Memory, Nurideen Lindsey Opens Long Workout Week at Nets

By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

Nurideen LindseyEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When Nurideen Lindsey played basketball at Overbrook High School, the alma mater of Wilt Chamberlain, he says he did so not with visions of becoming a professional, but because he wanted to stay off the streets. That, plus one other very good reason.

“I never had any idea that I would be working out for an NBA team,” Lindsey told SNY.tv after working out for the Nets. “I didn’t play basketball in high school to be a professional. I did it because my younger brother enjoyed watching me do it. He loved it and it kept me out of trouble.”

Things changed for Lindsey once his younger brother, Halim, was murdered in 2009. He began to take basketball more seriously, hoping to make a living out of the sport. Things have been rocky the last few years, but Lindsey has finally arrived on the cusp of beginning his professional career. From Redlands Community College to St. John’s to Rider, the 6-foot-3 point guard found his way to PNY Center on Monday for his first NBA workout.

With the NBA Draft just 10 days away, Lindsey is about to find out if an NBA front office will forget the past and take a waiver on the enigmatic talent, who also had a second brother murdered, plus had his best friend succumb to cancer.

From New Jersey, Lindsey said he will work out for the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

“I don’t think this week is any more crucial than the whole summer,” Lindsey said. “This whole time, I’ve been working and preparing myself as if the draft was everyday that I worked out. I’m just trying to get better everyday, I earned my way here and whichever route I go, I’ll do whatever I have to do to stay here.”

Lindsey acknowledges the fact that he may have to go overseas at first to get back to the NBA and the reason is understandable.

A dangerous scoring threat at Redlands, Lindsey wound up at St. John’s and showed great promise early, averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds over the first nine games of the 2011-12 season. At that point, he abruptly announced he would be transferring. He offered a verbal commitment to Arkansas, but ultimately wound up at Rider, complete with a hardship waiver to play immediately despite the transfer.

In his lone season in Lawrenceville, he started in 30 games and played in 32 for the 19-15 Broncs, averaging 8.0 points and just 2.8 assists per game. The most troubling number from last season was the team-leading 102 turnovers.

“I definitely didn’t play up to expectations, but it was a learning experience,” Lindsey said. “I had a great coaching staff, great teammates and I learned a lot throughout the year, matured a lot throughout the year. It wasn’t the kind of year I expected out of myself, but ultimately, that’s why I’m working the way I am right now, to show that I’m a totally different player than the way I finished out at Rider.”

Lindsey does not currently appear on any reputable mock drafts.

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28 comments
SackDance99
SackDance99

I was at camp both days over the weekend and saw the skirmishes.  They were both relatively minor and after the practices the players were more upbeat Sunday, than on Saturday.  I think the skirmishes relieved some pressure.

WW85
WW85

How did Fitzy look up close?

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@SackDance99

Glad you guys are making less of it than the author of the article.  The first thing the reader thinks,"uh oh, the circus is back".

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

@SackDance99 yup. i was there and concur, they were beyond minor. but of course clowns like cimini need to further his narrative about the jets being in such a state of disarray in order to remain relevant, so he proceeded to make a proverbial mountain out of that molehill.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@WW85 Fitz is very accurate and decisive.  I haven't seen him drive balls downfield, and that was a regular part of drills with Geno.  It's impossible for me to tell whether Gailey is changing the offense to tailor it more to Fitz's skill set or whether Fitz's leg is still bothering him and that's affecting his deep ball accuracy.  In any event, I hope the deep ball returns.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@bonozoffa @SackDance99   i think the story is more about how bowles is not gonna even tolerate a skirmish more than the article trying to make something out of nothing 

jon409
jon409

This all sounds positive to me....

Matthieu Laughlington
Matthieu Laughlington

It really sounds like Bowles is exactly what this group needed most. A no nonsense Parcells guy willing to be a coach instead of a friend. 

GhostofBrowningNagle
GhostofBrowningNagle

@BRO RALPH when we find out the jets cut down on intrateam violence by having free reign to peddle heroin in the locker room... :p





BRO RALPH
BRO RALPH

"talk mess and jaw at each other"  Come on todd- too soon, man , too soon!

fourbten
fourbten

Todd Bowles may end up being a good coach some day (for another team if history serves), but he is a rookie now.

So is the defensive coordinator.

The team won four games last year.

It is going to be a trying season - especially watching Cro give up third down conversions by the bushel full.

I'm posting this as a public service.

John C
John C

These issues and the dramas need to end before the spill over into the regular season.  It's gonna be tough enough as it is for the Jets to do well this year, and distractions are not going to help. 

Bigfoo7
Bigfoo7

Ooooohhhhhh...... foreshadowing

Brendan
Brendan

@John C This is not a drama. this is standard for an NFL training camp. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@John C


I can think of two things that might help.

Hopefully Richardson can be back at 2-2.

Maybe Le Affaire'  Geno is a blessing in da jaw?

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Brendan

C'mon, you know BB, and other more structured teams are no-nonsense due to their long-held stability.


Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Brendan


I know there are fights in camp. It's survival of the fittest (talent)  for jobs. It just bothers me because once again the Jets have things happen to them to get them off a level playing field (no pun) once again.

I'd rather be wrong and let the Jets prosper.