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DeSagana Diop
DeSagana Diop
Position: None
Born: 01/30/82
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:280 lbs. / 127 kg.
“I’ve got a couple more years and I’m out of here,” Diop said. “I’m going to play until I can’t play anymore. But you realize that you’re 30 [years old] and that it’s not how it was at 25 when you wake up. Your body aches. Your ankles, knees and all of that. You just got to take care of your body and at the same time, you realize that it’s coming to an end.” “I’m the second oldest guy on the team. It’s crazy. You know when I was coming into the league I was 18 [years old], the youngest. It went so fast though. I just try to be a leader and help the young guys.”
Veteran center DeSagana Diop has been through some of the most recent tough times in Charlotte since being traded to the Bobcats in January 2009. The No. 8 overall pick of the 2001 draft will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and makes it clear he wants to end his career wearing a Bobcats uniform. “I like Charlotte a lot,” Diop said to HOOPSWORLD. “I get along with the coach [Mike Dunlap], the general manager [Rich Cho] and the good people of Charlotte. I’m just going one day at a time this season and see what happens this summer.”
Another player who looks good is 7-0 Desagana Diop. When I say he looks good, I mean he’s lost a lot of weight. It’s as if he and Thomas made a trade. Diop no longer is 350 pounds or 330 or whatever he played at last season. He’s less than 300. He can run down court without pausing to rest. Guard Gerald Henderson is the best player in the scrimmage, and he plays as if he knows it. He is especially effective in the lane, freeing himself with a quick step or a sudden stop.
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop is out for the season, after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon. The Bobcats suspected Diop had sustained a serious injury, when he stuggled to even walk off the court Friday against the Golden State Warriors. Ironically, Diop was getting his best chance to play, due to the coaching change from Larry Brown to Paul Silas. Silas had previously coached Diop in Cleveland.
Diop has been a punchline the past year. On performance, he deserved it, but let me tell you something: If there’s a better guy in that locker room — and this is the best locker room I’ve covered in 21 NBA seasons — I don’t know who it would be. You don’t think Gana knows people ridicule him? If he became bitter and surly and introverted, who could blame him? But even when he never got a uniform, when he wasn’t activated for the playoff series to give fouls on Dwight Howard, he was gracious and classy.
Diop views himself from the same prism as many of his campers. He is luckier than most and did not scour for his next meal. His father was a high school principal and his mother a teacher. But like some of the campers, Diop ventured into basketball only after he grew too tall for soccer. Fall discovered Diop and funneled him to the United States and the high school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, which has produced numerous N.B.A. stars. Diop progressed on the basketball court and, even more important, in the classroom. He was Oak Hill’s valedictorian. “He just needed to be given the tools, but you could tell that he had a lot of upside,” Fall said. “It was just a question of if he could get to the right place to learn the game.”