Jonathan Amey Jr. spends his days watching over Golden State Warriors players as they roll into the team parking garage and make the short walk into the Chase Center. But last month, he received the opportunity of a lifetime when the Warriors offered him a tryout with their G League affiliate.
Jonathan Amey Jr. is a beloved Warriors security guard
There are so many people behind the scenes that make things tick in the NBA. For the Warriors, one of those people is Jonathan Amey Jr.
Amey is a security guard for Golden State who greets players as they arrive at the Chase Center for games and practices. It’s a simple job, but Amey has won the hearts of Warriors players over the last few years.
“He’s a great guy. Every day his attitude and positivity when we come to the arena, whether it’s early, whether it’s later in the day, he’s always a great energy to be around,” Andrew Wiggins said recently, per NBA.com. “He’s greeting everybody. He’s a joy, so I’m happy he’s happy.”
Last month, Amey received a promotion he never could’ve imagined.
The Warriors gave Amey a tryout for their G League team
Amey protects the Warriors for his day job, but he’s actually a baller himself behind the scenes. The 26-year-old plays intramural basketball at Cal State East Bay, and last month, he got the call up to try out for the G League Warriors.
And he even got some shooting tips from arguably the greatest shooter to ever live.
“He’s a constant figure when you’re coming out of the building,” Stephen Curry told Janie McCauley of the Associated Press. “It speaks about how encouraging, motivating, and unifying basketball is for him to go put himself out there, go out for a tryout. He said his jumper needed some improvement. He’s a little self-critical but we gave him the confidence to keep trying and keep his attitude high. I like the fact that he put himself out there because it’s no easy task. So, shoutout to Jonathan.”
Even Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was thrilled for Amey.
“I had no idea. It’s great. I’ve known Jonathan for a few years. He’s been here, great kid,” Kerr told the AP. “He’s always got a great energy about him, but I didn’t know he had a tryout with us. That’s amazing. I’ve got to ask him about it. Good for him, just to fulfill a dream and to go for it. I love it, that’s great.”
Amey didn’t end up making the team, but it was still the opportunity of a lifetime for the young security guard.
A dream come true
Amey also spoke to the AP about his experience trying out for a professional basketball team, and he couldn’t have been more thankful despite not hearing the news he wanted in the end.
“It was just a great experience to be able to play at a pro level and be able to also just to have an opportunity to get a chance to do something most people wish they had the opportunity to do,” Amey said. “I didn’t think I was going to get an opportunity so I just felt like, ‘Hey, if the offer’s there just go for it.'”