Ever since he was drafted in 2008 in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs and subsequently cut twice, James Gist has hoped to find his way to the NBA. The older he gets, the less likely it seems.
Now, at age 29 and having seen his professional career in Europe threatened by two failed drug tests, the 6-foot-9 forward appears more realistic — and more at peace — about his future.
"I want to play at the highest level," Gist said this week. "Right now I'm at the highest level in Europe. My goal is to get to the highest level and play in the NBA, but regardless of whether that happens or not, I want to win a championship."
Gist, who has...