Earl Boykins RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 5-5 / 1.65
Weight:132 lbs. / 60.3 kg.
Height: 5-5 / 1.65
Weight:132 lbs. / 60.3 kg.
The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time 10-team club to an even dozen. Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by resigning him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams: 12 teams: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. 11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie. 10 teams: Lou Amundson, Earl Boykins, Mark Bryant, Drew Gooden, Damon Jones and Aaron Williams.
Before asking how we got here, it’s worth studying the Trade Rumor Era. It has acquired its own language, its own high-PER reporters, and an ever-expanding schedule. “It’s not just the offseason,” said ESPN’s Marc Stein. “It’s transactions, period. People love transactions.” The strangeness of Stein’s new world began to dawn on him in January 2007, when he got massive traffic for reporting a trade. Earl Boykins had been shipped to Milwaukee.
The Lakers (before Nash came aboard) were reportedly ready to sign the Toronto Raptors’ Jose Calderon last summer if he was amnestied (which he wasn’t), so one has to wonder if they might inquire about him. He’s in the final year of his contract ($10.5 million) and playing behind starter Kyle Lowry. Unemployed options include Mike Bibby, Earl Boykins, Jannero Pargo or perhaps Mike James.
He remains optimistic and views Leandro Barbosa‘s late signing with the Boston Celtics and Eddy Curry signing with Dallas just days before the start of the season as hope that he’ll, too, soon find a new home. “Ultimately, I have to stay ready, which I am, as far as in the gym, and stay positive,” Howard said. “I don’t think my career’s over.” Other notable players still looking for a team: Guards: Derek Fisher, Gilbert Arenas (in talks with Chinese team), Baron Davis, Earl Boykins, Mickael Pietrus, Michael Redd, Maurice Evans, Jason Kapono. Forwards/Centers: Kenyon Martin, Shawne Williams, Quentin Richardson, Bobby Simmons, Bill Walker, Jamario Moon, Renaldo Balkman, Ryan Gomes, Troy Murphy, Josh Powell, Derrick Caracter, Ben Wallace, Greg Oden, Sean Williams, Tony Battie, Mehmet Okur.
22 May 12
Then-Wizards center JaVale McGee had beaten Crittenton out of $1,100 in a card game. Wizards guard Earl Boykins loaned McGee $200. McGee didn’t immediately pay back Boykins as he won the money and an argument blossomed. Arenas says he wasn’t involved in the actual bet. “‘Pay the man his (expletive) money. You’ve got all my money,'” Arenas says Crittenton shouted at McGee. “So I jumped in, ‘Why you talking to your teammates like this? We family.’ “That’s when (Crittenton) started coming at me, ‘(Expletive, racial slur), just because you got all money, this and this and this.’ That’s when we started going back and forth. I didn’t owe him anything. It was over a $1,100 pot he just lost.”
With Earl Boykins’ 10-day contract up, the Rockets will re-sign him Thursday, a person with knowledge of their plans said. Boykins said he was unconcerned about whether it would be for another 10 days or for the rest of the season. “I have no idea,” Boykins said. “I haven’t talked to anyone, and honestly, I don’t worry about it. My job while I’m here is to play as hard as I can.”
The 12-year veteran, who averaged 7.2 ppg and 2.5 apg with the Bucks last season, was invited to training camp by several franchises, but with no guarantee that he’d make the final roster he decided to wait at home for a good fit. Boykins confirmed reports that he came close to signing with the Orlando Magic last week and says he’s now in conversations with other clubs. “We’re talking with a couple of teams and hopefully something will get done. I don’t want to say the names because I don’t want to jinx it.”
10 Feb 12
The Magic discussed signing former Cav Earl Boykins before opting to go with rookie Ish Smith from the D-League to fill in for the injured Jameer Nelson. Boykins, a former Cleveland Central Catholic star, is currently considered the No. 2 unsigned free-agent point guard, behind Gilbert Arenas, after he averaged 7.2 points and 2.5 assists in 57 games as a backup with the Milwaukee Bucks last season.
According to sentragoal.gr, Olympiacos are examining the case of NBA-veteran Earl Boykins. With the cases of Zabian Dowdell and Akin Akingbala dead in the water Olympiacos are looking for other options, especially that of 35-year old Earl Boykins.
Other free-agent point guards include Marcus Banks, whom D’Antoni coached in Phoenix for two seasons, Earl Boykins or a player from the Development League. D’Antoni talked of signing a point guard as a temporary fill-in, because the Knicks may want that last roster spot eventually open for a forward — possibly Kenyon Martin when he’s available in March. “You have three point guards, [one] of them is questionable, one is out and one is hurt,” D’Antoni said. “You think maybe we have to do something. We’ll try to rectify the situation.’’
09 Dec 11
Milwaukee Bucks guard Earl Boykins has been riding out the four-month-old NBA lockout as an assistant coach for the Colorado Miners. He could be with other NBA players who’ve found work in Europe. Instead, he’s helping out an inner-city boys team based out of a revitalized rec center in a neglected Denver neighborhood that smells like dog food because of a nearby Purina plant.
But the longer they take, the more they wear on the customers. The U.S. economy is producing no jobs, and now, no basketball? “You have to be sensitive to the fans,” Mr. Boykins says. “They’re part of the reason why this is such a great game, and why both the owners and the players are making the money they are making. “I’m basically ready for the lockout to end. No one is winning right now.”
The lockout canceled the NBA summer league in 1998, just as it did this season. Once the season started, there was little time for practices or extended teaching sessions. “I think it’s harder for the young guys because they don’t know,” Boykins said. “You can work out all you want. You can even work out against NBA guys. But until you get into an NBA training camp situation, it’s totally different. That’s the hardest part of the lockout. You can’t prepare for an NBA training camp … especially with the shortened camp.”
He credits former Golden State Eric Musselman with giving him his first real chance in 2002-03. “He was the first coach to say, ‘OK, I don’t care about the height, I don’t care about the size. I’m going to give you the ball and you’re going to prove whether you can play,'” Boykins said. “He not only gave me the ball, but he gave me the ball in the fourth quarter. That’s what separated me from other players — not only can he play during the game, but in crunch time he not only can play but he can win games. That’s where my career changed.”
“I think my career is based on coaches. I always knew that in order for me to have a chance in this league, I had to have a coach that was not confident in me but confident in his ability to coach the game. Even getting recruited in college, whichever coach chose to let me play was taking a risk. “Even at this level, my ability to play is not based on me. It’s based on whether the coach has enough confidence in his coaching ability to not worry about what other people say. I’m rare in that regard. Most careers are based on what a player can actually do, whereas my career has never been based on that.”
Boykins, whose dad carried him to games in his gym bag when Boykins was a baby, has never doubted for one minute he could — and would — be a pro. “I remember I was 9 years old when I decided I was going to be in the NBA,” Boykins said. “From that point on, every decision I made, as far as my life, has been around making it to the NBA.”
Boykins, the former Cleveland Central Catholic and Eastern Michigan star, is 34 now, although he looks almost exactly the same as he did his rookie year with the Cavs in 1998-99 — a fact that has not escaped a teammate. “My face hasn’t changed,” admitted the 5-5 Boykins. “Keyon Dooling asked me, ‘Man, what’s wrong with you? You’re the only guy who’s never aged. Most of us are losing our hairlines or going bald. You’ve got the same haircut. You don’t ice. You don’t stretch. What’s wrong with you?'”
Boykins has not made any decisions about how long he wants to play. Because he played little in his early seasons and has avoided injuries, he thinks he can continue to play for quite some time and then maybe he’ll be able to accomplish the one thing that has eluded him so far. “The only thing left for me to do is win,” said Boykins, who has lost three times in the first round of the playoffs, with each series going five games. “I want to win bad.”