Mike Gerrity says it’s part of business.
That’s a nice way of saying it sucks.
In a month’s time, the Erie BayHawks waived him twice with the latter coming Feb. 9.
Ten days later, the Maine Red Claws claimed him out of the D-League player pool.
Today, Gerrity, 25, returned to Erie to face his former team and somehow didn’t vent about how the BayHawks parted ways with him twice.
“It’s hard, but you understand what you’re getting yourself into at the beginning of the year,” Gerrity said. “I knew it was going to be an uphill battle all the way, but it’s about the sacrifices you’re willing to make if you love the game.”
Gerrity had four points and four assists off the bench in his return, but it wasn’t too long ago he joined Erie, was waived, rejoined Erie and got waived again.
On Feb. 9, the BayHawks released Gerrity for a second time after not playing him in two road blowout losses to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
At the time, the BayHawks had former NBA point guards Mike James and Keith McLeod logging major minutes, thus leading to them waiving Gerrity for “personal reasons.”
“Mike said, ‘My future is uncertain right now’ because he felt bad he didn’t play in the two games in L.A. in front of his family, ” Larranaga said at the time of the release.
Gerrity’s recount of the conversation is a little different.
“There was no frustration at all,” Gerrity said. “I just had a conversation with Coach before we left to come back to (play Maine at home Feb. 10). I knew they were getting a bunch of guys coming in. The minutes were diminishing big time.
“Didn’t play both games so I asked him. I said, ‘Hey ‘Coach, were do you see me as far as the future goes?’ There was no frustration. No hard feelings. I just wanted an understanding of, ‘Hey, am I coming back here and are you sending me back home?’”‘
“He told me they did have guys coming in and that I was going to be released in a couple of days,” Gerrity said. “If I wanted to stay back in California and not go back for two days, he totally understood that. So I said, ‘OK, that’s fine.’”
The guy they brought in was Donald Sloan, who wound up being with Erie for less than 12 hours before signing a 10-day deal with the New Orleans Hornets. The irony of all this is Sloan returned to Erie and his first game back was against Gerrity and the Red Claws.
Erie first waived Gerrity on Jan. 6 to make room for James. Erie re-signed Gerrity on Jan. 11 when James joined the Chicago Bulls.
Just another dark side episode in the D-League.