In just a few short months, San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal has gone from being an unknown 2010 NBA Summer League team invitee from Towson to being a regular part of Gregg Popovich's rotation.
What a difference a few months makes.
For aspiring professional athletes, opportunities are few and far between and when one comes calling, players are prepared to make whatever changes or decisions necessary to make their NBA dreams happen.
For Gary Neal, that included relocating his honeymoon to Las Vegas for a week's audition at the Thomas & Mack Center instead of a few weeks in Cabo San Lucas relaxing by the beach.
if you think the change was a drastic one for Neal, imagine how the newly-wed Leah Neal must have felt about changing her vacation plans, no doubt the contents of her Samsonite luggage.
"I got married on Saturday and my first summer league game was on Monday," Neal said recently.
But for Neal, he didn't mind making alternate travel arrangements and he said his wife didn't mind doing the same, especially considering the results his summer league performance yielded.