NBA Draft Declaration

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Calvin A. Lord and I am a sophomore at New York University. I am 20 years old and I am eligible for the NBA draft. With that in mind, I would like to declare myself for the NBA draft and would like a draft entry application form.

I feel that I would be an excellent candidate for the NBA. I am currently majoring in Media Studies at NYU, and my ACT score was a 33 (SAT scores would equate to 2250 range—could get exact numbers if prompted).

My sophomore year (of high school) I led our team to the intramural championships. I do not know if you have read the Malcolm Gladwell article ‘How Underdogs Can Win’ but it was an integral part of our championship formula. Though I understand this is no place for bragging, I am quite good at the game ‘Knockout’ and ‘Horse’—I seldom finish outside of the top two.

I am deceptively fast à la Manu Ginobili. If I were to compare myself to one player in the NBA, it would be Kirk Hinrich, or Mike Dunleavy. However, I find myself often being compared to Christian Laettner by my mother. I think my strongest traits are my court vision, passing ability, hustle, and sense of humor.

I would like to join the NBA because I think that I would be an excellent role model for young kids. I exemplify teamwork, hard work, and eating healthy better than most people I know.

I am good at dribbling with my right hand, though I can “go left” if need be. It seems that a hot button issue right now is homosexuality in the league. I feel like I should make it clear that I am not gay and do not have plans to become so in the near future, though I am quite supportive.

I do not know if you have control over this, but I do not think I would work well in a system with Kobe. He seems very flippant toward his teammates.

Though I cannot dunk, I can reach the net and climb up if that is apropos. I am also good for six fouls in a game, and I am willing to make them hard.

A few questions to accompany my declaration: Do you provide the shoes for players? If not, can I buy shoes, bring someone the receipt and they reimburse me? At the moment I am working at the NYU library and I do not have the disposable income for a good pair of shoes. Also: am I allowed to watch the cheerleaders warm up/practice? Am I allowed to bring food to the games? Do I have to find my own transportation to away games?

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Calvin A. Lord