Mooney on pro journey, handling pandemic - FOX34 Lubbock

Mooney on pro journey, handling pandemic

Posted: Updated:
Matt Mooney Matt Mooney

Many athletes are confused and unsure what to do during this unprecedented hiatus. One of the many, former Red Raider and current Cleveland Cavalier, Matt Mooney. 

He's had to bounce around a lot in his basketball career. In college he played for Air Force and then South Dakota before Texas Tech. Adjusting to many new teammates in college helped him in the pros. He played for the Hawks and Grizzlies in the G-League before signing a two-way contract with the Cavs, making him eligible to play in the NBA for up to 45 days. 

Two days after that signing, his time came. 

"With a couple of minutes left I was wondering if Beilein was going to put me in and then he said 'Mooney', and I was going in," Mooney said. "I said a little prayer and knew I didn't have anything to be afraid of. I've been playing basketball my whole life." Mooney finished with two points in his debut, the Cavs lost to the Knicks 106-86. 

Mooney hit a floater from 15-feet out for his first NBA bucket and the former Red Raiders' hard work paid off. 

"Larry Nance came up to me after the game in the locker room and he said 'Yo Moon dog', everyone calls me moon dog," Mooney said. "He said 'that wasn't your first NBA bucket right?' and I said 'yeah man that was my first time playing in the league'. He left the locker room and came back in with the game ball and said 'Not a whole lot of people can say they've done what you did.' I told him I appreciated it and it was pretty cool."

Mooney split his time between the Cavs' G-League and pro team after that, until the NBA suspended its season due to the outbreak. 

"All the G-League guys left and I was just trying to figure out if I should stay in Cleveland and work out. Can I? what do I do?" Mooney said. 

Mooney is now back in his hometown of Wauconda, Illinois and like the rest of us, is waiting. 

"I've got a key to a local gym and my brother has a key to a weight room so we get in there," Mooney said. 

Matt's brother Joe was set to play in his conference tournament at UC Davis in California before it was cancelled. Mooney is devastated for the players who had their seasons cut short. 

"It makes me appreciate what we got to do at Texas Tech. Those memories we made, it makes me appreciate that even more."

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2020 RAMAR. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.