HoopsHype Chris Douglas-Roberts rumors

October 23, 2012 Updates

Douglas-Roberts, a third-year player, played in four preseason games and averaged 4.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes. “(Douglas-Roberts) played well,” Coach Mike Brown said. “Obviously he didn’t play well enough to really stand out and earn that spot, but all four of the guys that we released … they made our camp competitive. They brought something to the table. That’s what you hope for from guys that you’re bringing to camp, that they can at least make it competitive.” Orange County Register

October 22, 2012 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Chris Douglas-Roberts and Greg Somogyi, it was announced today. Douglas-Roberts, a three-year NBA veteran out of the University of Memphis, was originally selected by the then-New Jersey Nets in the second round (40th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft. Douglas-Roberts has appeared in 155 NBA games (53 starts) for the Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, recording career averages of 7.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 20.6 minutes. The 6-7 forward spent the 2011-12 season playing for Virtus Bologna of the Italian League, where he averaged 12.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 27.0 minutes. Douglas-Roberts played in four preseason games for Los Angeles where he averaged 4.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes. NBA.com

October 19, 2012 Updates

Chris Douglas-Roberts: The next year they traded Vince Carter, and I looked at it as my opportunity. I ran with it. That was the story of my life, being the underdog, but outperforming guys and earning my keep. Nobody really expected me to make noise, honestly, but I came out averaging 17 (points) per game* for the first few months of my second season. Then things changed. (Former Nets GM and coach) Kiki Vandeweghe came in and didn't have a good relationship with me. He pretty much put me on the back burner, for whatever reason, and since then I've been trying to play catch up again. NBA.com

MT: How do you reflect upon how you handled that situation? CDR: Now that I'm two years older, I know I should have handled it differently. I was 22 at the time, and I handled it the wrong way. I have to be honest with myself. I was very upset, and I was very honest in the media when they asked me why I wasn't playing. I'd say, 'I don't know.' It hurt me, I think, in the way some executives see me. My agent would tell me that they think of me in a way that doesn't really represent me. As if I were a bad locker room guy, and that couldn't be farther from the truth. A lot of stuff was said in Jersey that stuck with me that was just false. But you can't defend yourself to everyone because that can make it worse. I figured that out, but not until later, man. The best way in this league is to keep your mouth shut at times. It's not just about basketball. If you're better than someone, you aren't always going to play over them and you just have to swallow that. I'm such a competitor that it was so hard to take the first time I went through it. NBA.com

Chris Douglas-Roberts: So one of my teammates, Pepe, an Italian, said American pasta is like Finnish rap music. You know. And that was great for me. They destroy our American pasta. 'You all don't have real pasta,' they say. And my boy Patrick from Finland would listen to Finnish rap in the weight room, and I was all over that, telling him it was terrible. So Pepe made me relate to it. They like the mainstream classic rap over there, and they aren't into the gangster rap lyrics. They want Alicia Keys or the Jay-Z that's on the radio ... no mix tapes. Like Meek Mill, someone that I like that's in over here, they won't listen to. NBA.com

I know that where you grew up and what you went through there has had a profound impact on who you are. Is that where the chip comes from? Were you born with it? Chris Douglas-Roberts: I'm from the west side of Detroit, Mike, and I'm very prideful of that. I'm from the number streets: 30th Street. I got that tattooed on me not to glorify the neighborhood - because there are many nights I didn't want to be in the hood - but that's what I am, it's a part of me. I feel like if I made it out of that, there's nothing that can hold me back. People think I'm really stressed out by being in this position trying to make a roster. But I made it out of the number streets in Detroit, man! I made it out of there! I feel like can make it through anything. There were tough days and tough nights, and I had to keep a singular focus to make it out of there. This is a luxury now, trying to make it back in the NBA. NBA.com

I have a ton of respect for that perseverance, but what about kids that don't have your mix of ability and work ethic? Education has been the backup plan - if not the first plan - of many communities, but I don't want to judge how the schools were in your community? Chris Douglas-Roberts: Honestly Mike, (it's hard for me to) believe in education to that extent where I'm from. I've seen guys who have no interest in the least in school just get passed along to get them out of a class. My mother would correct me if I spoke incorrectly in the house and my father was a professor on a college level, so the intellect goes back to my family for me. But I learned most of my stuff through my parents and experience outside of the classroom. Just because of the place where I'm from, we didn't have good schools. You could feel a different way because of where you're from, I'm guessing, but in west Detroit, it's tough. NBA.com

October 13, 2012 Updates

You were overseas the entire year. What was the calculation behind that decision, considering the labor situation the NBA faced at the time? Chris Douglas-Roberts: It was actually great for me, because during the lockout -- I'm was a fairly young player, I (had just finished) my third year -- so it was about basketball for me. It wasn't about money, I just wanted to play basketball. But I went over there, and made that commitment to stay. It definitely made me a better basketball player, and it made me a better person. It made me more appreciative, because some days I didn't have heat. The living conditions were terrible. I had to heat up water to give my daughter a bath, some days. If you had the microwave on and the washer on, the electricity may go out in the whole house. It was very small. The shower at the gym that we practiced at, it was filthy. There was mold everywhere. You couldn't put your feet on the ground, barefoot. Guys were getting staph infections. It was basically back to when I was growing up in Detroit. But when I look at it, it just made me a better person and a player. ESPN.com

October 12, 2012 Updates

Q: You signed here late. What was the summer like for you, in terms of trying to get back on the radar of NBA teams? Chris Douglas-Roberts: It was a lot of things going on. We were talking with a lot of teams, and actually thought we were going to go to a certain team that I'm not going to name. But things kind of fell through. And because I didn't go there, I passed up on other offers where I could have just signed right away and wouldn't have been in this position. Q: Where you're pretty sure you'd have made the team? CDR: Yeah. The situations -- there were two situations I passed up -- I could have walked into a deal. It wasn't a situation like this, but we were kind of waiting for the other thing to unfold, and it kind of fell through. And it put me in this position I'm in now. But I'm definitely a firm believer that things happen for a reason. ESPN.com

October 10, 2012 Updates

In what he considers a "nice, healthy competition," Brown still touts Meeks as having the edge over Ebanks and Chris Douglas-Roberts. But the way Brown has used Ebanks in training camp suggests otherwise. In the Lakers' 110-83 preseason loss Sunday to the Golden State Warriors, Ebanks played as the the team's first backup shooting guard, scoring six points on three-of-six shooting in just under 13 minutes. Meeks, meanwhile, didn't play until the second half and scored five points in 10 minutes, 44 seconds. More importantly, Ebanks has played with the second team during most of the practice times open to the media. Los Angeles Times

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Can Pelister: Besiktas is targeting Carlos Arroyo. If Arroyo rejects the offer, Demond Mallet and Chris Douglas-Roberts are another options. Twitter

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Virtus Bologna officially announces the arrival of Chris Douglas-Roberts. The small forward has a three-year experience in NBA with New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. Douglas-Roberts was selected with the 40th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. The player signed without NBA out. Sportando

September 9, 2011 Updates

Despite the meetings to avoid the lockout are going on, Chris Douglas-Roberts decided to leave NBA and land in Italy where he will play for Virtus Bologna. The two parts reached an agreement in principle and the small forward has just to sign the one-year contract without NBA out with the Italian team. Chris Douglas-Roberts was selected by New Jersey Nets with the 40th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft and has played three seasons in the NBA averaging 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg over 155 games. Sportando

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