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Joe Alexander
Joe Alexander
Position: None
Born: 12/26/86
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
“I don’t think there is a hard definition of what a ‘draft bust’ is,” Alexander told Basketball Insiders. “Ultimately not being in the NBA is on me, but as far as ‘who is a bust?’ you have to look at Milwaukee and the management that drafted me. If you want to label anyone with the term ‘bust’ — it’s the Bucks. When Milwaukee drafted me, I was touted as a ‘project’ and someone with a lot of potential who could contribute had I learned to play the game. That’s what the Bucks told me. I needed time. I didn’t start playing basketball until I was 16 years old, but I was the most athletic guy in the entire draft. The Bucks knew that. Everyone understood this. I could’ve been drafted by any other team in the league and they would’ve given me time to develop.”
“Obviously the No. 8 pick is expected to have an illustrious and longer NBA career than I’ve had, so that’s fine, but I think that Milwaukee should certainly share that [bust] label. They contributed heavily to it. Heavily. For the Bucks to pull the plug on me, I thought, was dramatically irresponsible on their part. What it did was label me as some sort of a problem player. It made everyone in the league look at me different when 12 months before any team would’ve died to have me.”
While Alexander had a much shorter initial stint in the league and has been out of it longer than Green ever was, another crack at the league might still be in the cards. After working with various specialists, he looks more explosive than ever, and was recently named D-League player of the week. Nearly 28 and without mention in an NBA regular season box score since tallying three free-throws with Chicago in March of 2010, what a story it would be if Alexander suddenly found himself making the short trip north to join the best team professional basketball currently has to offer.
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Gasol has stuck in his craw a failed 2009 trade — driven by former Griz coach Marc Iavaroni — that would have sent Conley to Milwaukee for Ramon Sessions and Joe Alexander. Conley hasn’t dwelled on it. He’s instead allowed his play to speak loudly as one of the main voices among the Grizzlies’ cry for relevancy as a Western Conference contender. Conley is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 17.2 points by attacking the rim at a rate that ranked 15th in the league. Conley’s 8.6 turnovers per 100 possessions ranked third among point guards behind Chris Paul and Jose Calderon. “Man,” forward Zach Randolph said, “I don’t know where we would be without Mike.”
He had gone to great distances to keep playing the game, but Alexander’s game was cut short — and his career put on hold — with an X-ray in the middle of the season. “It was pretty devastating to me on two fronts,” Alexander said. “One, that I would have to take a lot of time off, but, two, I didn’t know how much (time) and no one else seemed to know, either. With this injury, it’s kind of a wild card as far as when you’ll be able to come back from it. “So, it was like crawling in the dark. You never know how long it will take to heal. It’s different for each guy. One guy could take three weeks, one guy could take 12 months. Nobody can tell you when it will be good.”
Everyone in the D-League is trying to get to the NBA. But Alexander had to first get back to the game of basketball. “Man, I just love to play ball,” said Alexander, the first Taiwanese-born NBA player who didn’t begin playing competitive, 5-on-5 basketball until he was 16. “Before I had the surgery, I never would have said that. I would have been like, you know, I’m passionate about winning and I want to play in the NBA. But I’ve learned through this process, I just love to play basketball. And when I’m not playing, I’m sad. That’s all it comes down to. I’ve learned that through this process ”
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But, like his tattoo of the caduceus, which Alexander plans to add colors and elements to in the near future, his story isn’t completed just yet. There’s another chapter still yet to be penned, one that Alexander hopes leads to another shot in the NBA. “I look back on it to try to learn things. But for the most part, that’s a closed book for me,” Alexander said of his previous NBA stint. “In my mind, my goal was to get to the NBA, and I did it and that’s over. Now I have new goals — they’re very similar, like get back to the NBA. But I’m focused on those now. “I’ve done it once, I’m sure I can do it again.”
Even if Dedmon doesn’t make the team now, he’ll play for the Warriors in Santa Cruz. He is one of three players who have already agreed to be affiliate players should they not make the team. League rules allow teams to designate up to three non-roster players from training camp. That prevents other teams from poaching them away. Dedmon, Seth Curry and Joe Alexander have already agreed to the designation should they not make the roster.
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Sixty seven games in two seasons was not exactly what Alexander had in mind when he walked up to the dais to shake NBA commissioner David Stern’s hand and put on his new Milwaukee Bucks cap right around this time four summers ago. Today, Alexander’s journey has taken him from the NBA D-League in Texas to overseas in Russia. Where he ends up landing this year is anyone’s guess. “Right now, I am going to continue to work out during the off-season and wait until the contract offers start coming in and start fielding them and try to figure out where I will end up,” said Alexander, in Morgantown last weekend working Bob Huggins’ Fantasy Basketball Camp. Alexander isn’t sure if he will sign with an NBA team and play in this year’s summer league or if he will sign with a foreign team and resume his professional career overseas. “There is a lot of uncertainty right now and I haven’t made those decisions, so I’m not sure,” he admitted. “I’d like to play summer league if I’m able to, but who knows? I’m still a few weeks away from that decision though.”