HoopsHype Chris Wright rumors

February 3, 2013 Updates

What had caused Wright, a former star at Georgetown, to lose his footing was something bigger. It was something many thought would ruin his life and shatter his professional dreams — a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. "Honestly, I didn't know what MS was," Wright said. "I was just kind of like, 'All right, what do I gotta do?'" MS, a disease in which the auto-immune system affects the central nervous system, is what brought the former Georgetown star to Des Moines. He is a point guard for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. Here, at 23, he's trying to show that a person with MS can not only play pro basketball but excel at it. USA Today Sports

Each was a symptom of MS. Until he visited with multiple doctors and specialists, Wright didn't know what he was dealing with. One doctor told Wright his career in basketball would be over. "I was shaken up a bit," Wright said. He wasn't the only one. As teammates for Olin Edirne, his team in Turkey, filed into his hospital room, many expressed grief and sorrow. They, too, figured his career was finished. "It was real weird," Wright said of the scene. "There are so many negative things said about it, so they were thinking about the worst." USA Today Sports

Energy general manager Chris Makris had followed Wright as a college senior. Makris got in touch with agent Doug Neustadt in August about bringing Wright to Des Moines. During a phone conversation, Neustadt told Makris about his client's disease. "I wasn't real well-versed on it," Makris said. "I knew what MS was, but I didn't know necessarily what it meant to a professional athlete." Dr. Heidi Crayton, the medical director of the MS Center of Greater Washington, D.C., works with Wright. She said MS is often stereotyped as a life-ending disease. Those stereotypes are what have affected Wright the most, even though he's in remission. At least one NBA scout, which was in contact with Wright about playing in its summer league, backed out at the last minute over a concern regarding the disease. USA Today Sports

Crayton said when she speaks to NBA teams about Wright, she can tell that perceptions about Wright's well-being cannot be changed. There aren't any known NBA players with MS, though Crayton said she wouldn't be surprised if there was somebody who was playing with the disease and concealing it. She thinks the stereotypes about MS could keep athletes from being open about it. In November, NHL goalie Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild revealed he has MS. Crayton said she's encouraged Wright to get in contact with Harding. "It's really just about the label," Crayton said. USA Today Sports

January 15, 2013 Updates
November 1, 2012 Updates

Celtics camp cut Micah Downs was among eight players invited to attend training camp with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Downs is one of two affiliated players -- the other being Harvard 7-footer Brian Cusworth -- after attending camp with Boston. The Claws also invited familiar faces in forward Chris Wright, guard Xavier Silas, and guard Chamberlain “Champ” Oguchi, while guard Farnold Degand, guard DaQuan Brooks and guard Raheem Singleton all earned a spot at tryouts. ESPN.com

October 29, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets have waived center Solomon Alabi and guard Chris Wright, General Manager Dell Demps announced today. Alabi (7’1”, 252) played in three of the Hornets eight preseason outings averaging 0.7 points and 1.7 rebound in six minutes per game. Wright (6’1”, 209) played in two preseason games with Hornets, averaging 1.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in six minutes per game. NBA.com

October 27, 2012 Updates

With NBA teams required to pare down their rosters to the league's minimum 15 by Monday, the New Orleans Hornets released guard Chris Wright and center Solomon Alabi on Saturday, according to league sources. The Hornets' roster now stands at 14. Both Alabi and Wright were signed as free agents before training camp and were long shots to make the regular-season roster. Alabi, 7 feet 1, 252 pounds, played in three games and averaged 0.7 points in 17 minutes. New Orleans Times-Picayune

October 23, 2012 Updates
October 1, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed three free agents (Solomon Alabi, Dominique Morrison and Chris Wright). Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. With the additions, the Hornets current training camp roster stands at 17 players. NBA.com

September 21, 2012 Updates

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed guard Jerel McNeal and forward Chris Wright. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. McNeal, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played last season in Italy with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. He averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 32 outings. Raptors.com

September 7, 2012 Updates

Since you know better than anyone that nothing’s really done until it’s done and I’m told this is not quite done yet, take that under advisement. But, there will be a non-guaranteed camp invite to Jamaal Magloire in the offing as there will be to Chris Wright, a 6-8 forward who spent some time last year with the Golden State Warriors. Toronto Star

July 25, 2012 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves will return to the FARGODOME this fall, marking the franchise's first trip back to the area since 2002. The Wolves will take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Sanford Health will serve as the presenting sponsor of the game. "The Timberwolves are thrilled to be returning to Fargo this fall, especially teaming with the great people at Sanford Health," Timberwolves President Chris Wright said. NBA.com

July 14, 2012 Updates

Warriors GM Bob Myers said free-agent forward Chris Wright has left the summer-league squad in hopes of more playing time with Toronto. Wright averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 24 games with the Warriors last season, and he averaged 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in 13 D-League games. Sulia

June 26, 2012 Updates

For that reason, don’t be surprised if the Warriors use Nos. 30, 35 and 52 to get a higher pick to follow up on No. 7. According to a couple sources, the Warriors would be happy to head into the offseason with three quality players to fill out their roster and start to build up their assets in the young talent department. That may not be good news for Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler and Chris Wright. Contra Costa Times

April 5, 2012 Updates

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward Chris Wright from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Wright, 23, was assigned to the Wizards on March 24 and has appeared in six games for the Warriors’ D-League affiliate since that time, averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per contest, while shooting 58.2% (46-79 FG) from the field. The 6’8” forward helped lead the Wizards to a 5-1 record during his stint with the team, including victories in their last five contests to secure a spot in the 2012 D-League Playoffs. NBA.com

March 31, 2012 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: Terrible news from Turkey. Chris Wright career is over. He has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. via @Can Pelister Twitter

February 6, 2012 Updates
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