HoopsHype Chris Douglas-Roberts rumors

December 7, 2012 Updates

Not only did Douglas-Roberts continually feel like “the foreigner,” as he found it hard to communicate with his teammates, but some of the adjustments exceeded even his worst expectations. “I didn't have hot water some days, I didn't have heat in the winter,” he says. “Where we practiced, the showers were filled with mold. It was really unsanitary. I couldn't really adjust to [it] when I was over there all year. It was a struggle every day.” Grantland

November 23, 2012 Updates

Douglas-Roberts is a prime example of what life in the NBADL is about. He has NBA talent and has been a part-time starter during his three- year career. Now, he’s trying to get back. “Sometimes, the NBA isn’t just about basketball,” Douglas-Roberts said. “It’s about business and it’s about being in the right place at the right time and the right system at the right time. I feel I’m an NBA player. So instead of going overseas and chasing the money, I’m going to be here for however long I’m here. “It’s a humbling experience. We don’t stay in hotels I’m used to. The per diem envelope is a little thinner. But overall, this can’t do anything but make me better and stronger.” Dallas Morning News

November 13, 2012 Updates

Adelman said there have been internal discussions about whom the team might add. That list likely includes free-agent wings Mikael Pietrus, Josh Howard and Chris Douglas-Roberts along with Utah's Raja Bell, who has been exiled from the Jazz. "I couldn't even tell you," Adelman said when asked about getting an injury exemption. "We're just trying to get through this game. I haven't even asked about that." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 29, 2012 Updates

No, his release from the Lakers didn't end his tenure in Los Angeles---the Mavericks did. The fellow perennial signed CDR (along with fellow NBA veteran Melvin Ely) to a contract just this past Saturday. In a bit of a surprising move, however, Dallas subsequently waived both players the very next day. Some people may have been left wondering why. Perhaps the Mavericks were curious about Douglas-Roberts enough to warrant scooping him up for their own D-League squad, the Texas Legends. By becoming the last team to sign him to a contract, Dallas now owns the guard's NBADL rights, should he choose to go that route to help secure another spot on an NBA roster. Ridiculous Upside

October 28, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks stints of Melvin Ely and Chris Douglas-Roberts didn't even last as long as Delonte West's first suspension this month. The Mavs waived Ely and Douglas-Roberts on Sunday morning, before they even practiced with the team. It's a good bet that they'll end up on the roster of the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate. The Legends now own the rights of both players. ESPN.com

October 27, 2012 Updates

Swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and forward/center Melvin Ely signed their nonguaranteed contracts with the Mavs. Expect them to have a short stay in Dallas. They might be headed up the tollway to Frisco, where the D-League Texas Legends are located. ESPN.com

October 26, 2012 Updates

A source said the Mavs have agreed to non-guaranteed deals with a pair of veterans, swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and center/forward Melvin Ely. They will join the team Friday morning. The Mavs, who are in the process of parting ways with Delonte West, will likely choose between one of the three newcomers for their final roster spot. One potential roadblock could be if negotiations don't progress with West's agent, Dan Fegan, and the Mavs opt to leave West on the suspended list. ESPN.com

In the meantime, because of injuries to Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman and Brandan Wright, the Mavs need some serious help on the frontline. That's why they're bringing in centers Eddy Curry, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Melvin Ely. The Mavs bend over backwards to make it work with West. But they are close to cutting ties with the wily veteran after he was suspended without pay today. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 23, 2012 Updates

The Lakers are leaning toward keeping 14 players on their roster, one below the NBA maximum, meaning Robert Sacre might be the only one to stay among three players with nonguaranteed contracts. Sacre, the last player taken in the June draft, has averaged 5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 24 minutes in preseason with the Lakers. Andrew Goudelock and Darius Johnson-Odom haven't received much playing time in exhibition play and are longshots to make the roster. Chris Douglas-Roberts and Greg Somogyi were cut Monday. Los Angeles Times

I'm leaning more and more that it's Robert Sacre who makes the Lakers and that's it. I can't see Andrew Goudelock making it given Coach Brown is trying to develop him as a point guard - when the team already has FOUR point guards in Nash/Blake/Duhon/Morris. Darius Johnson-Odom is a nice prospect athletically but a 6'2" shooting guard can be a difficult fit when the team already has Kobe/Meeks/Ebanks at the position. Considering tax, I could see Lakers go with just 14. Sulia

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

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