Islands In The Sun
up-and-down NBA career of Burger King Tall Black Kirk Penney (pictured)
is on hold for at least seven months.
Penney got off the rollercoaster today, boarding a plane bound for the
"I'm certainly going to be enjoying the climate after four years in
Since completing his senior season at the
After heading most of the NBA's top college prospects in speed and agility tests at pre-draft camps, Penney went undrafted, but was immediately invited to play summer league with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was subsequently asked to veterans' camp and seemed certain of a spot on the roster, until he was cut just before the Wolves' final pre-season game.
A week into the regular season, Penney was called up by the Miami Heat to cover for a spate of injuries and made his NBA debut in the first quarter of a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, hitting his first shot from beyond the three-point arc.
But after logging a few minutes in the Heat's loss to
"But it made me feel like going to a place where they would welcome me and want me, and where I would play a lot of minutes.
"I played a couple of games in the NBA ... I got there, but now my goals are a lot higher. If I can establish myself in
The NBA is loaded with players who have built their reputations offshore before consolidating bigtime contract back in the States. With the league becoming more and more international, American scouts are now very aware of how prospects are performing in
Auna Gran Canaria sounds like a holiday resort compared to
"And living in the
Penney expects to debut for his new club at home against third-placed Ricoh Manresa this weekend.