One minute, Spencer Dinwiddie is a starting guard for one of the best editions of the University of Colorado’s men’s basketball team in recent memory, a team that appears destined to make the Sweet 16 or beyond, and a potential lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

The next, Dinwiddie suffers a devastating knee injury, one that has ruined his team’s season and left his hopes of making it to the NBA in question.

That’s a situation that would create doubt in anyone. But Dinwiddie managed to persevere through it. So how did he do it?

“When my recovery started making some good progress, I was like, ‘You know what, roll the dice.'” Dinwiddie said on the latest edition of “Posting Up,” The Washington Post’s NBA podcast. “It’s kind of the way I think in general with my life. I bet on myself, I roll the dice in pretty much any situation you look at.”

It’s worked out rather well for Dinwiddie so far. He eventually was drafted 38th overall by the Detroit Pistons in 2014, and spent the past three seasons bouncing from the Pistons to the Chicago Bulls to the Brooklyn Nets, with plenty of pit stops in the NBA’s G-League in between. This season, though, he’s become the starting point guard for the Nets after Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell went down with knee injuries, and as a result has shown himself to be an NBA rotation player.

All of that was discussed in Dinwiddie’s revealing stop by the podcast last Friday in Mexico City. In addition to his circuitous path to starting for the Nets, Dinwiddie discussed what it was like trying to maintain confidence while not playing during his first three seasons in the league, how he thinks about playing the position and his mentality when it comes to making sure everyone on his team is involved in the action, how he is like “The Hulk” when he’s on the court, how the players and referees can have a better working relationship, and his thoughts on Mexico City after spending several days there with the Nets last week.

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