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James Singleton
James Singleton
Position: None
Born: 07/20/81
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
The Chinese Basketball Association season is currently in its playoff semifinals, meaning a slew of former NBA players could be available as free agents in the coming weeks. There has been interest in former Celtic Lester Hudson, who scored 40 points in Xinjiang’s victory over Dongguan. Former Sacramento King Bobby Brown tallied 45 points in that game. Other ex-NBAers in China are Shelden Williams, Delonte West, James Singleton, Donte Green, Yi Jianlian, Dominique Jones, and Hamed Haddadi.
Some say time is the best healer. Apparently, “some” include the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers and James Singleton, who after splitting up on bad terms a year ago are now ready to get back together. On Tuesday, Xinjiang general manager, He Changjiang, confirmed what most people around Chinese basketball had known since the beginning of September: That Singleton and Xinjiang have come to an agreement over a contract for this upcoming season. The deal is believed to be two years, though He publicly denied that there is a set arrangement for 2013-14.
Singleton added that he is considering four offers in China that are more lucrative. He expects to sign for two years, wherever he goes. “I loved playing under Coach Witt and teaming up with the revamped Wizards organization. My short time back there I had a great time. There is no doubt in my mind that I would have had a great year with them, helping them win and grooming the younger guys. But this is my profession and I just felt like some things never change no matter how [much] I improve.”
Bringing back Roger Mason Jr., Maurice Evans or James Singleton also remains high on the Wizards’ priority list, but the team already has depth at nearly every position. Mason is also not interested in signing another one-year deal at the league minimum, as he has the past two seasons, according to a source close to Mason. Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers have also expressed interest in Mason.
Singleton laughed, because the 30-year-old heard similar comments from his younger teammates. “They teased me sometimes but everyone knows that I’m not the kind of guys that’s going to decline, you know. Every year I get better,” Singleton said. “I just worked on my game. I spent more than an hour, an hour and a half a day working on my jump shot with the coach that was over there, just working of different parts of my game because China is different than the NBA. Over there, it’s a lot more physical, a lot more dirty play, and they pack the lane over there. I used to be a slasher, so I had to develop a jump shot to be able to do more things. Once that opened up for me, everything just became easy. Right now the NBA is easy to me.”
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Singleton averaged 8.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and shot 54.7 percent from the field. And, after relying mostly on hustle and energy, Singleton also showed an ability to step out and shoot. Before the season finale, Andray Blatche joked with Singleton about the newest addition to his game. “He went all the way to China and came back with a jumper,” Blatche said. “You can buy anything in China.”
The Wizards have interest in bringing Singleton back, just as they did two years ago, and John Wall has already vouched for his return. But Singleton said that while coming back to Washington is an option, he will be focused on another priority when the free agency period begins. “I get married in July, go on my honeymoon, relax, just have fun. Going to Bora Bora. Get married on the 6th, Bora Bora on the 7th.”
Charlotte forward Tyrus Thomas was ejected from the Bobcats’ game with the Wizards for throwing an elbow at Washington’s James Singleton late in the first quarter on Monday night. Thomas was dribbling and Singleton was defending him when the Charlotte forward elbowed him with 3.6 seconds remaining in the quarter. He was immediately called for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected.
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Singleton, in turn, has noticed the change in the Wizards under Wittman. “He installs more confidence in the guys,” Singleton said. “No matter what’s going on, he lets the guys know that he has their back, and he just wants to keep fighting. He keeps telling them play with confidence. That’s his key thing. The team slogan since I’ve been here has been ‘together’ and ‘family.’ I didn’t hear that before.” The future for both coach and player remains uncertain, but it hasn’t swayed either one’s determination. “I think I’ve already proved myself,” Singleton said. “I’ve got a good rep with the NBA. I’m always known as a guy that works hard and a guy that just goes out and does whatever the team needs. I don’t think I really have to audition anymore or keep auditioning. Either they know or they don’t know.”