Theo Ratliff RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
While Ratliff does intend to retire, he stopped short of closing the door entirely on his playing career. “I’ve enjoyed my time playing the game,” he said. “I’m not saying that if a position came open later on in the year, I wouldn’t look at the opportunity. I haven’t concentrated on playing. I’ve been in negotiations all summer trying to make sure guys get back to work.”
Ratliff, a Demopolis native, played his final season in the NBA’s 2010-2011 campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Donning the purple and gold of the Lakers put Ratliff on the ninth team of his career and his eighth since 2004. “Right now, I’m not looking to try to do anything,” Ratliff said in a phone interview Thursday morning. “I haven’t spoken to anybody. Right now, I just want to concentrate on my family, my business and getting that part of my life in order. The constant moving around, with the kids, is a problem. It becomes a problem.” Ratliff, who now resides in Atlanta with his wife Christina, is the father of six children. “With six kids, it can wear them down with them trying to move all over the place,” Ratliff said.
Amid speculation that connected him to the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls among other teams, Theo Ratliff confirmed Wednesday night that he intends to retire. “I’m retiring,” the 16-year NBA veteran and former all-star said in a text message to The Times. “I’ve had enough of the relocating and being away from the family. My kids are growing up. Daddy needs to be in pocket. My business life has been on full throttle. I am enjoying learning and being a part of the business world.”
It remains unclear how the Lakers’ roster will look now up through their season opener Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers have plenty of unsigned players, including Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff. They can exercise the so-called amnesty clause by shedding ties with Metta World Peace (three years, $21.5 million) or Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million). Free agency beginning on Dec. 9 will also contribute to the frantic environment leading to opening day. Still, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times’ Mike Bresnahan that both rookies Darius Morris and Goudelock “probably deserve a chance to be looked at, and [they] have promise.”
Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown, Aaron Gray, Tony Battie and Theo Ratliff also are on the Knicks’ wish list. But in this condensed free-agency period and camp, the club probably will re-sign Jared Jeffries, who knows the system well despite his lack of impact late last season.
And here’s another wrinkle: Two sources in the room agree that the particular players present Tuesday (the list includes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Theo Ratliff, Maurice Evans, Matt Bonner, Roger Mason Jr., etc.) were particularly strident, more strident than the average player. Garnett, in particular, has been mentioned as among the uncompromising.
There are other free-agent centers who could be had for one-year deals that will pique the Knicks’ interest — Tony Battie, ex-Knick veteran Kurt Thomas, who filled in solidly in spots with the Bulls, Joel Pryzbilla, Aaron Gray and ancient Theo Ratliff.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of the Celtics, among the most vocal players in the room Friday, were driven away in a black SUV with executive committee member Theo Ratliff. In the meeting, Pierce accused the owners of taking a disingenuous stance by disguising their insistence on slashing salaries under the cloak of creating a new system that would allow more teams to be competitive. “Is it more about money or being competitive?” Pierce said to the owners, according to Suns player rep Jared Dudley. “What does this have to do with? If it’s about being competitive, let’s come up with a system we can all be competitive in. If it’s about money, that’s a different story that we’re talking about.”
As the summer approaches, the threat of a work stoppage looms greater by the day. But, in Ratliff’s estimation, proceeding forward with a well-functioning league might not necessarily mean avoiding a stoppage. “As a player, you can’t give that up,” Ratliff said of guaranteed contracts and soft cap allowances. “If you give it up, you are never going to get it back again. It’s going to be a long, hard fight.”
So you have missed getting some rest during the regular season. Gasol: Maybe I did. There could have been a little more depth, especially if Joe Smith was able contribute to the team. The Theo Ratliff issue was difficult because of his health and where his career is at, but that’s another thing. It would have been good for us to have a four-man rotation instead of three, but that’s something I don’t want to talk about because I don’t want to argue with a guy that has been pretty successful – our coach.
Former Piston Theo Ratliff was among a group representing the National Basketball Players Association that donated trucks and supplies to a local church as a way to support communities devastated by tornadoes and storms that have swept through the South. Led by Ratliff — who now plays for the Lakers and is vice president of the NBPA — and former player Purvis Short, the NBPA and local charities distributed supplies to more than 200 families at the church Tuesday. “It means the world for me to be able to come back home to Alabama and give back to those who have been affected by this disaster,” Ratliff, who is from Demopolis, Ala., said in a release. “Now more than ever, we need to stand together and lend a hand to those who desperately need it. “The devastation here is heartbreaking, but I know firsthand how resilient our communities can be.”
But the news isn’t so good for Ratliff, who has been sidelined since having cartilage removed from his left knee Nov. 17. Ratliff recently got another opinion on his knee, putting him so far behind schedule that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said the 6-11 center has to be monitored just to see “if he’s going to play at all” the rest of this season. Originally, Ratliff was expected to be out four to six weeks.
However, Jackson said Wednesday that Ratliff recently consulted with Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon in Alabama known for specializing in treating knees, elbows and shoulder injuries. Jackson said Ratliff had to “start over in rehab basically” so he could do “some other stuff that perhaps brings him into position so he can play.” “[Ratliff] had one minor setback that became an irritant,” Jackson said. “His knee is now in a position that we have to monitor it very closely if he’s going to play at all” this season.
Lakers backup center Theo Ratliff participated in most of the team’s practice Sunday in full-court, half-court and transition drills, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. It was the most practice time for Ratliff since he underwent arthroscopic surgery with a partial meniscectomy on his left knee two months ago. Although he said Ratliff “did pretty good” in Sunday’s session, Jackson said he couldn’t specify when the 37-year-old veteran would return to full practice, saying it depended on how Ratliff was on Monday. The team had expected Ratliff would return to a full practice soon after the Lakers’ two-game trip last week against Dallas and Denver.
Lakers backup center Theo Ratliff participated in conditioning drills Thursday with the rest of the team’s reserves, and is expected to return to full practice after the Lakers’ two-game trip against Dallas (Jan. 19) and Denver (Jan 21). The Lakers are expected to have a day off from practice when they return Jan. 22 to Los Angeles, so Ratliff’s first full practice since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 17 could be as early as Jan. 23. “It’s good to be able to get out on the floor, run and sprint again,” said Ratliff, who described Thursday’s session as the most intense since spending the past three weeks working on individual strength training, conditioning and on-court exercises. “It’s always a blessing anytime I’m able to step out there.”
Would you go if you were invited by the party’s host, Ron Artest? And if the event would raise money for kids with mental health problems? That’s what was supposed to happen at L.A. Live Wednesday night after the Lakers beat the Clippers at Staples Center. I went. Jamie Foxx didn’t. Kobe didn’t. Phil didn’t. Pau didn’t. At least none of them had shown up by the time I left at 1:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the club closed. Ron Artest held the second of his Ring Series parties Wednesday and the only “celebrities” who came were: Artest himself, DJ/rapper Biz Markie, injured Laker Theo Ratliff and Clippers guard Eric Gordon.
Pau Gasol will probably play Friday night against Sacramento despite a sore left hamstring and Theo Ratliff was using an elliptical machine after the Lakers’ shoot-around Friday morning. Ratliff has been sidelined since having cartilage removed from his left knee Nov. 16, but he appears to be within two weeks from returning. Despite meager stats before his injury, the Lakers can use him, seeing as how Gasol and Lamar Odom have routinely been logging 40-plus minutes a game without Ratliff and Andrew Bynum in the lineup. “He’s moving along quickly,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. “We hope it’s not so quick that he beats Andrew back … not that we hope it’s not, but it would be kind of ironic, wouldn’t it?”