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Matt Hancock on His Celtics Tryout 

Tim Throckmorton

Matt Hancock tried out with the Boston Celtics twenty years ago. The Casco native and Colby College grad was fresh off being named the Division-3 National Player of the Year. His tryout in 1990 lasted five days.I think it took a day and a half to adjust to it speed style of game I’m playing as well as I can expect right now.The guards in camp that year were Dee Brown, Charles Smith, John Bagley and Hancock couldn’t believe how good Reggie Lewis was.For me he was the first guy that was an impossible guard I had no idea what to do with him if he wanted to score he scored.But Hancock could score too and he was doing just that in front of Red Auerbach and coach Chris Ford.I think he’s looking at it as an experience to play against this level of competition and see how he stacks up he’s a guy that can fill it up.Len Bias had died and it was the end of the Bird, McHale, Parish era. But Hancock wasn’t going to be the solution and after five days Ford and Auerbach sat with him and thanked him for bringing his passion. But at the same time there was a roster full of NBA players and there was no room at the inn.Hancock is now 42 years old. He can still shoot the lights out. He remembers being the last player out of the locker room after that attempt to make the Celtics 20 years ago.As time left the memory of what I did at camp vs not making the team outweighed itself. It was one of the unique five days of my life.