At one time, NBA players who could no longer maintain the level of play necessary to remain employed headed for Europe or Asia in order to squeeze a year or two of playing on the end of their careers, but the success of the Australian NBL has led some to seek opportunities in the southern hemisphere.
Such is the case with Casper Ware, who has served as a resurrector for Melbourne United. He joined forces with Chris Goulding to keep United’s season alive.
They played pivotal roles in the United backcourt in an 84 – 79 win over the Cairns Taipans to bring their season record to 4 – 7 and remain within shouting distance of the top four teams.
The 26-year-old Ware, not truly long in the tooth, but considered disposable by the teams that make up the NBA, was born in California and played his college ball at Long Beach State. He graduated in 2012 and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft, but he played for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League before trying his fortune in Italy.
The Philadelphia 76ers gave him a 10-day deal in 2014, where he saw limited action on the NBA’s most desperate team before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
He played in Germany, China and France subsequently before a preseason stint with the Washington Wizards before signing with United on November 14.