Keyon Dooling RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:196 lbs. / 88.9 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:196 lbs. / 88.9 kg.
Bellies were filled and faces transformed at the Southwest Community Center on Saturday as hundreds of the homeless enjoyed free barbecue and haircuts, courtesy of a local barber and four men who have played in the NBA. Junie Davis, 46, of Placentia owns the Creations Salon and Barbershop in Irvine and regularly feeds the homeless and gives them haircuts. He mentioned the idea of a barbecue to players Jamal Sampson and Josh Childress, who offered to pitch in, and then Keyon Dooling and another player with NBA ties who didn’t want to be identified joined in as well. All five were at Saturday’s event at the center, at Second and Forest streets.
As rookies came into the league, Rooks took them under his wing, offered them guidance, encouragement and direction to navigate this new world of pro basketball. Keyon Dooling was one of those rookies in 2000. He was one of four first-year players on the Los Angeles Clippers, while Rooks was the second-most experienced. Rooks stepped up as a shoulder to lean on. “He was like the big uncle,” Dooling told CSNPhilly.com. “We had a difference of age, but he really showed us the way.”
There are more positive sentiments in the NBA Players Association with its new leadership, featuring executive director Michele Roberts. Players are more upbeat about the direction of the union entering potentially turbulent times with the expected opt-out of the current contract in 2017. Former NBA player Keyon Dooling, who was part of the executive committee during his final playing years and is now helping out with union business, said he is encouraged by the new direction. “There’s a certain pedigree that you know you’re in good hands,” he said. “Transformational leadership is what I like to call it. This generation wants to be united because you can learn from some of the mistakes that we made during the last lockout. “I hope this young generation really understands the importance of getting involved with the union, collective bargaining, and fighting hard to not only keep what we’ve earned but push it forward and continuing to grow as the game grows.”
Keyon Dooling on Scott Skiles: “During my time in Milwaukee, he had an average relationship with the players. I don’t think it was great, I don’t think it was bad. His work ethic, X’s and O’s and game-planning were his strengths. Where he fell short is maybe with people.” “I wouldn’t call him a players’ coach, but I wouldn’t call him a coach players wouldn’t like to play for either. I enjoyed playing for him. I learned every day. I was prepared from a game-playing standpoint. He was a very hard worker and I’m really not one to judge coaches by how friendly my relationship was with them.”
Keyon Dooling: “Historically, players have gotten better under Scott Skiles. Players developed when he was in Chicago, same in Milwaukee. I think he’s actually one the best at taking over a program full of young players and developing them, giving the team an identity and turning the program around.”
Keyon Dooling: “Skiles is a high-pedigree coach. A lot of times when coaches get fired, they get better at wherever they were weak. (If he gets the Orlando job) I think he’ll be better in how he deals with players this time. During my time in Milwaukee, he had an average relationship with the players. I don’t think it was great, I don’t think it was bad. His work ethic, X’s and O’s and game-planning were his strengths. Where he fell short is maybe with people. I wouldn’t call him a players’ coach, but I wouldn’t call him a coach players wouldn’t like to play for either. I enjoyed playing for him. I learned every day. I was prepared from a game-playing standpoint. He was a very hard worker and I’m really not one to judge coaches by how friendly my relationship was with them.”
Keyon Dooling: So here I was, on a mission to connect with this supposedly scary dude everyone’s talking about. I didn’t really have a choice, they even moved his locker next to mine to get the relationship going. Result? A great friendship! I found him to be the total opposite of scary. I think the timing had a lot to with it – he was at a place in life where he was open to my way of helping. There were a lot of misconceptions about him in the media and even in the league, and I wanted people to appreciate Ray (that’s what I call him) for who he truly was.