Antoine Wright RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Shams Charania: Former NBA player Antoine Wright has been trying for comeback, but is close to a deal with Israel’s Gilboa Galil, source tells RealGM.
Marc J. Spears: Former NBA player Antoine Wright going to NBDL Reno Big Horns while former NBA player Stephen Graham going to NBDL Fort Wayne.
NBA veterans Antoine Wright and Stephen Graham both signed in the D-League on Friday, league sources told Ridiculous Upside. They join Kareem Rush, who joined on Thursday, as well as Ridiculous Upside favorite Jordan Eglseder as players who’ve recently signed in the D-League.
Jason Jones: From what I was told at the time and heard later, Wright was as he admitted in the story, disgruntled. He felt he should have been playing more. And the organization’s decision to cut him was based on the fact that he wasn’t good enough or important enough that his griping was worth dealing with, even if he had a guaranteed contract. I’ve seen coaches working on scouting reports with my own eyes so the idea that the Kings don’t even have them is odd to say the least. To take shots at Cousins when he wasn’t around to see the kid mature over the course of the season was unfair, in my opinion.
“I was a disgruntled worker, man,” Wright said, as if that absolved him of all his actions. “But I was coming into practice every day and I was really vocal, and I was just getting after it. I was trying to be competitive with it, so I would challenge Tyreke. I never had a problem with any of the guys. I think it was kind of a ‘me against the coaching staff’ type of thing. And they’re going to win that battle.”
Wright wasn’t even close to done yet. “I’m not going to throw any of their players under the bus, but one of the main players who was a big part of our team, his attitude was really, really bad — I’m pretty sure you can figure out who that guy is,” he said before confirming that he was speaking of then-rookie forward-center DeMarcus Cousins. “Tyreke [Evans] had a pretty good attitude. His work ethic wasn’t great, but he’s a good young player. I believed in him completely. I just don’t think the coaches did enough to prepare us to win games.”
Despite the fact that Wright has upcoming workouts with Charlotte, Chicago and San Antonio and will almost certainly face questions about his character, he continued to attack the Kings in the sort of uncouth way that will almost certainly lead league executives to reach for the red flags when it comes time to make a decision. “My rift, really, with the organization was that I don’t think they prepared the guys enough to win basketball games,” Wright said. “We were probably the only team in the NBA that didn’t have a scouting report. How do you expect a young team to go out and carry a game plan? Every team I’ve been on, they give you a scouting report on every guy on the team, a couple paragraphs about each guy before you go out there and play against him.
While he readily admits a lack of work ethic and poor attitude hurt him during the early years with the Nets, (Antoine) Wright — who was once deemed the fourth-best high school prospect in the country by ESPN.com after his senior season at the Lawrence Academy in Groton, Ma. — isn’t about to take any responsibility for the way things ended in Sacramento. He was nothing short of a disaster with a Kings team that was his fourth in six seasons, signing a one-year deal last summer and playing in just seven games before he was so unceremoniously cut.
The Kings declined to comment for this story after numerous requests, a decision that speaks volumes about how they perceive this particular player. Elie could not be reached for comment. As for Wright, he discounted the notion that he handled the situation poorly in large part because he claims he continued to maintain a solid work ethic. “I was a disgruntled worker, man,” Wright said as if that absolved him of all his actions. “But I was coming into practice every day and I was really vocal, and I was just getting after it. I was trying to be competitive with it, so I would challenge Tyreke. I never had a problem with any of the guys. I think it was kind of a ‘me against the coaching staff type’ type of thing. And they’re going to win that battle.”
“My rift, really, with the organization was that I don’t think they prepared the guys enough to win basketball games,” Wright said. “We were probably the only team in the NBA that didn’t have a scouting report. How do you expect a young team to go out and carry a game plan? Every team I’ve been on, they give you a scouting report on every guy on the team, a couple paragraphs about each guy before you go out there and play against him. “Coming on the court before the game was chaos — no structure whatsoever, and we kind of had a laid-back coach. Westphal was pretty laid back, and with a group of young guys, you’ve got to have somebody who comes in and disciplines them.”
To me right there, that’s showing the coach no matter what situation I’m in, I’m always going to work hard and I’m always wanting to succeed. But it got to the point to where it just wasn’t working anymore. And I thought, before I start going through the motions, I just told myself I’m not even going to worry about it. Whatever happens, happens. If I get an offer to go overseas, I’m going to go overseas. If I get an offer to play in the States, I’ll think about it.
NiuBBall: You had an offer to play in the NBA before the season and I think a lot of people where maybe a little surprised when you chose to play here in China instead. I wanted to get your thoughts on why you decided to play this season in China over playing in the League. James Singleton: Being in the NBA, there’s a lot of politics to the game. It doesn’t really depend on how talented you are; it depends on who you’re good with sometimes. I hate to say it, but that’s just the way it is. It’s a business, basically. And it got to the point to where no matter how hard I tried, or no matter what I did, it was always something else I wasn’t doing right. I would get there early before practice and stay late after practice. If there was a game and I didn’t play, I would stay there after the game was over and I wouldn’t leave the arena until one o’clock in the morning because I stayed and worked out.
NiuBBall: In the event of a lockout, would you consider returning to China or possibly going somewhere else overseas? AW: I think we’d all have to. Like I said, I think it’s a business. Sometimes it throws you curveballs and you just kinda gotta roll with them. I don’t think there’d be many players opposed to playing overseas with a lockout, and China’s an option. It’s definitely a feasible option for guys to consider with the amount of money that’s being given here and the competition level. Guys are coming out here and its raising the level and it’s something that would have to be considered once those other things are ruled out.
NiuBBall: Are you trying to get back to the NBA? Antoine Wright: Absolutely. I’m here because I’m not in the NBA. I signed with a team this summer, and I was expecting to fulfill that commitment for the year and then make plans after that. I wasn’t expecting to be here. My number one goal is to be playing in the NBA again and to take my career to another level hopefully.
Former Sacramento Kings forward Antoine Wright has been ordered to serve 15 days in jail and three years of informal probation for a November drunken driving arrest. The Placer County District Attorney’s office says the 26-year-old was sentenced Tuesday for the Nov. 5 incident in Rocklin, northeast of Sacramento. Wright must report to the Placer County jail March 30 unless he is granted alternative sentencing, such as home detention or a work project.
Yes, that’s right: NBA guys have such a terrible reputation in China right now that teams are separating themselves entirely from anybody who has played recently in the League, regardless of the team’s need and the player’s ability and makeup. Teams didn’t want him strictly because he had the perceived stink of the Association all over his basketball resume.
Just three games into his new stint as a Jiangsu Dragon, however, six-year NBA pro Antoine Wright appears to be changing some of the newly formed perceptions, not only his by his stellar play (32 ppg, and 7 rpg, all wins), but also by his humbleness, work ethic and seriousness towards playing in China.
Mark Deeks: Antoine Wright replace Ricky Davis in China, and had 20 points on debut. Marcus E. Williams replaced Mike James, and had 20pts/10rebs/9asts.
Antoine Wright is on Jiangsu radar to replace Ricky Davis. Yesterday we reported about the possibility for former NBA player to land in China but the team was still unknown.
A source told me this morning that Antoine Wright, who last played in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors last season, is working out a deal with an undisclosed CBA team. Expect a lot of foreign player movement in the next few weeks as teams being to clear out disgruntled/underperforming players before the season gets too late.
The Cleveland Cavaliers released under-performing Jawad Williams on Monday, but they may not leave his roster spot open for long. The Cavaliers are expected soon to host NBA D-League standouts Kyle Weaver, Othyus Jeffers, Patrick Ewing Jr. and Marcus Landry along with Antoine Wright and Alonzo Gee for a workout, according to league sources.
Sam Amick: After waiving J. Williams, Cleveland is working out Pat Ewing Jr., Marcus Landry, Antoine Wright, & Alonzo Gee, a league source tells FH.
The Kings waived forward Antoine Wright. Wright signed a one-year deal worth $992,680 this summer. He played in seven games, totaling two points and three rebounds. Wright wasn’t happy with his role behind Greene, Francisco Gárcia and Omri Casspi at small forward.