HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors


July 2, 2013 Updates

According to McLemore's agent, Rodney Blackstock, the league has lined up Webber, Vlade Divac and Mitch Richmond as mentors for the 20-year-old rookie. No word on whether Chris Mullin - who has a soft spot for shooters, understandably - will join the group. Mullin is continuing to work with Ranadive and D'Alessandro in an unofficial consultant role, but whether he takes on a more permanent front office position remains to be seen. D'Alessandro, however, who was on Mullin's staff in Golden State, plans a few more hires. Sacramento Bee

Finally, it would be an understatement to say Ranadive is enjoying his new gig as an NBA boss. He had this to say about McLemore: "Ben's story is the stuff of legends. This is the story of the triumph of hard work over adversity. Success against all odds. This is the stuff that movies are made of. I know that Ben's motto is 'stay humble, stay hungry.' And these are words we can live by as well." Turning toward McCallum, he said: "Ray is also a very impressive young man. Coming out of high school, he was one of the most sought-after basketball players in the country. And he, too, stayed hungry. He's a smart kid who decided to play for his Dad, a great coach (Michael Malone) in his own right. And everybody knows I love coaches' kids (laugh). Sacramento Bee

July 1, 2013 Updates
June 27, 2013 Updates

McLemore, on the bus ride back from visiting the 9/11 Memorial as part of the NBA Cares community outreach program, was the first one to clap for the speech given by a survivor of the terrorist attacks in 2001. He also chimed in with the first “thank you” after Anthoula Katsimatides, the sister of a victim of the attacks who was on hand Wednesday to give the 2013 draft class a tour of the grounds, shared the history of the pristine property and wished luck to a bunch of guys who were not yet 10 years old at the time of the tragedy. Lawrence Journal-World

June 26, 2013 Updates

On the eve of the NBA draft, former Kansas star Ben McLemore said one of the best pieces of advice he's been given is to keep his circle of family, friends and advisors small. That led him to sign with newly certified agent Rodney Blackstock for representation after earlier working with Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Rival Sports Group. "I was with Rivals and I just fell like Rodney has been the best person for me throughout this process, helping me get through everything," McLemore said Wednesday. "From the beginning, everything has been good. He's a great person, and he's helped me through all of this so that's why I chose that he should be a part of my circle." USA Today Sports

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