"It's a no-brainer," Gansey said. "There are only 10 guys, so you don't have to worry about draft picks or returning guys or younger guys or where half the team is already on the (regular-season) roster. I know I'm going to play a majority of the game, and it's the same incentive.
"The main reason to be there is to play. If you go there and play well, there are European scouts. Maybe you get a training camp invitation from a NBA team. Anything is possible if you play three, four, five good games. Some guys go there and have a huge tournament and the next thing you know they're on the main roster."
For the first time in a long time, he has options at the ready.
Gansey was with the Miami Heat as a free agent following the 2006 draft, but MRSA pulled him off the court and stole 40 pounds and valuable time. He wasn't allowed to do anything related to basketball for six months. He spent his down time working clinics in Morgantown. The first day he resumed activity, he was worn out after a simple shooting drill.
"I put up 30 or 40 shots and almost fell to the ground," he said. "That was the low of all lows. I remember thinking, 'How am I going to get back into shape? This isn't even funny.'"
MRSA cost Gansey a full year before he regained the weight and muscle, reacquired his confidence and reappeared in the summer league in 2007 with the Los Angeles Clippers. That earned him a contract in Italy. The following year he played in Germany. He cashed in on the combined efforts to get with the Stampede last year.
Erie can retain his rights, but Gansey is free to go to an NBA roster or a European contract. If he goes to Europe, where the money is better than it is in the D-League and virtually all living expenses are covered, he can return to the United States at the end of the season and rejoin the BayHawks.
He isn't sure where he heads next, but knows he's going somewhere after wondering if the game would ever take him anywhere.
"I just want to keep playing as long as I can," he said. "I feel like I had a good year this year at a top level so I don't want to stop now. I want to keep pushing. When I was sick and trying to come back, I took a whole year off.
"I couldn't do anything to get my mind off of it and I was so miserable. You go from playing basketball every single day to doing nothing. It felt like my life was over. But to be where I am now, after all of that, it's like, man, anything now is a bonus.
"Why quit now?"
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