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Former University of Kentucky and NBA basketball player Rex Chapman began a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville on Monday, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Chapman, who will be 47 Sunday, is determined to break a reliance on suboxone, a medication prescribed to help patients stop using opioid-based pain medication. Chapman suffered multiple knee, ankle and thumb injuries over his 12-season, 666-game NBA career. He never played an entire 82-game schedule and retired from the Phoenix Suns, his fourth pro team, in 2000.
Everyone in the greater basketball nation heard about Rex Chapman’s tweet-heard-round-the-world, that social media message sent Monday in which the former University of Kentucky star said he was told that the wildly successful Kentucky coach would be coaching the Los Angeles Lakers soon. But after the current Lakers coach dismissed the report, telling reporters “it’s not a big deal,” D’Antoni spoke with USA TODAY Sports about his future that is certainly uncertain. “Well, I think after the year is over, we’ll sit down with management and see where they’re going, see where they’re headed, and it’s up for them to decide,” D’Antoni said. “It’s not for me to decide.”
When Rex Chapman heads to Twitter, the former University of Kentucky star says he feels as if he’s just talking to friends. “I’m not a journalist — never pretend to be,” Chapman said Tuesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show. “I interact with people. I’m not going to refrain from giving information I hear just because it might upset some people.” The Kentucky native with deep ties to the NBA as a player and executive didn’t back down from his comments made Monday night on the social media network — that “word is,” it’s a done deal UK coach John Calipari is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. Where did that word come from? “Two things from two very good sources — one was that, win or lose, he’s going to the Lakers,” Chapman said. “And then at halftime, was told that we’re talking to the Lakers and of course he has to listen. You know, hey, I don’t make this stuff up. You know me better than that.”
The Lakers refuted a tweet Monday by one of Kentucky’s most successful alums that it was a “done deal” that Coach John Calipari was in line to replace Mike D’Antoni. “I spoke to Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue,” Lakers spokesman John Black said of a tweet from former Kentucky and NBA guard Rex Chapman. “Mike D’Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversation about any specific names for any replacement.”
It was the morning of a 2010 playoff game, and one of the Nuggets had just smoked some nuggets. As the team practiced, the player was so high that Rex Chapman, a team executive at the time, had to pull him aside to get him to focus. “Across all walks of life and in every profession, people smoke (marijuana). This is no secret, and pro sports are not exempt,” said Chapman, who played 12 years in the NBA. “But employers deserve and pay for A-plus employees. There is a time and place for everything. As a member of a team, guys owe it to their teammates to put their best foot forward.”
Christian Laettner, arguably the most hated man in University of Kentucky basketball history, is coming to Rupp Arena to coach a group of “villains” against a team of famous Wildcats alumni on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Former UK player Jeff Sheppard, who now owns an apparel company and is involved in sports marketing with Wazoo Sports, organized the game. Former Wildcat Rex Chapman will coach the Big Blue All Stars, whose roster includes DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Jodie Meeks, Chuck Hayes, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson.
NBA observers figured the Nuggets wouldn’t bring back one of their front-office executives, either Rex Chapman or Mark Warkentien, both of whom had contracts expiring in August. But the Nuggets surprised everyone Tuesday, from coach George Karl to rival teams, by letting them both go. “I had certainly been planning on returning,” said Chapman, who was the team’s vice president of player personnel. “But I think that the franchise right now is at a point where they have the situation going on with Carmelo (Anthony’s contract) and they’re going to focus their energy on bringing in maybe some new blood to the process, and I don’t blame them for that. “I’ve got the utmost respect for the (Stan) Kroenke family. . . . This is business and in our business you have the freedom to run it as you see fit. I wish the Nuggets nothing but the best.”
I caught up with Nuggets coach George Karl on Tuesday night, and GK expressed his emotions about the Nuggets’ decision to not renew the contracts of execs Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman (quotes below) As for his health, Karl also said he’s no longer feeding himself through a stomach tube (following his bout with throat-and-neck cancer). He is able to eat foods, but is taking it slow.
James, Wade and Bosh are now members of the Miami Heat, a nearly unfathomable trio of talent rarely seen in basketball. James’ announcement to sign with Miami and not Cleveland, basically his hometown, created a seismic shift in the NBA. Miami, as soon as it scoops up some affordable free agents to fill out its roster, will be the favorite to win the East and possibly dethrone the Lakers, who won the NBA title the past two seasons — the same two seasons LeBron won the MVP while with the Cavaliers. “I am impressed that it appears that winning carried the day above being ‘The Man.’ It’s refreshing,” said Rex Chapman, the Nuggets’ vice president of player personnel.