Rodney Rogers RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Ellis said while it is nice to be honored, it will be “sad on two accounts.” Teammate Bison Dele (formerly Brian Williams) was killed in 2002 in an unsolved boating accident, and Rodney Rogers is in a wheelchair after an ATV accident in 2008. Rogers will be at Monday’s ceremony. “It’s hard to wrap your mind around it sometimes,” Ellis said. “It would be one thing if we won a world championship. But obviously what we were able to accomplish in 1994 still resonates with people within the organization and people in town as well. “It’s a priviledge, and we’re flattered and honored that the Nuggets would bring us back to town and have a night like tonight.”
Where are they? A look at the whereabouts of members of the 1993-94 Nuggets: Coach Dan Issel: Working in the oil and gas industry for a Windsor company. Broadcaster for a couple of Nuggets games this season. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: Lives in suburban Atlanta. Gives private basketball training sessions. LaPhonso Ellis: College basketball analyst at ESPN. Tom Hammonds: Went into drag racing after 12-year NBA career. Briefly owned a car dealership in South Carolina. Now in the construction business in Florida. Reggie Williams: Resigned in September as coach of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. Rodney Rogers: Paralyzed as a result of a dirt bike accident in 2008. Lives in North Carolina. Brian Williams (Bison Dele): Presumed dead after disappearing during a sailing trip in 2002. Robert Pack: Assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bryant Stith: Assistant coach at Old Dominion University. Dikembe Mutombo: Humanitarian and NBA global ambassador.
Several years had passed since Rodney Rogers, a 12-season and seven-team NBA veteran, suffered a devastating injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Life had become a succession of some good — and many not so good — days. So Rogers’ wife, Faye, made a tough-love call. No more pity, Rodney. Get out and do something. “I remember I didn’t want to leave the house,” Rogers said. “She grabbed me and told me I had to make the best of it and get out the message of my life.”
His NBA career ended after the 2005 season. Late that year, his new life was beginning. He met Faye. They were engaged in April 2008, seven months before the accident. “I fell in love with him that first night, and I’ve been in love with him since,” she recalled. She has provided the strength Rogers required to survive catastrophe. “Some days are good, some days are not good,” Rogers said. “But I survived and I feel blessed. I can’t keep going around being all sad and depressed. I’ve got a loving wife I thank for that. “She has never complained. She’s been there every step of the way, and I love her to death,” Rogers added. “Now I’m trying to get out there more on my own with the help of my nurses.”
During All-Star weekend, there’s another game, the Original Legends Classic, featuring former players such as Anthony Avent, a driving force behind the classic, Dominique Wilkins, Steve Francis and Shawn Kemp. It is set for today at the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion. Part of the proceeds of the game go to Rogers’ foundation and another ex-NBA player’s charity, the Brian Grant Foundation, which battles Parkinson’s Disease, in addition to local charities. (Donations can be made at TheRodneyRogersFoundation.org and Briangrant.org.) Rogers made the 20-hour trip from North Carolina by van to be here because “it’s so important for Rodney to be at the game and let people see him,” his wife said. Rodney and Faye relate to the feelings of other families coping with spinal injuries. They have lived it since the fateful day of Nov. 28, 2008, when Rogers rode his dirt bike at high speed into a curve in North Carolina. The accident left him with a broken neck.
With tonight being Rodney Rogers appreciation night, tell me a little about why you decided to honor Rodney and dedicate this night to him. Jerry Stackhouse: Man, there’s not a more beautiful person in the world. Rodney embodies everything that we want this league to be about. For kids that may not have it right away, don’t give up. Rodney had a tragic situation where he could have given up and probably died, but he just kept fighting and fighting and fighting. We wanted these kids to see him share a few words and that might encourage them because even though everything might not be happening like you want it, look at this guy [Rodney]. This guy had everything. He was on top of the world. A former NBA player, retired and enjoying the rest of his life…then he gets in an accident and now he’s paralyzed. Yet throughout all of that, he’s still not worried about himself and is all about helping other people. That’s why we wanted to honor him tonight.