HoopsHype Chris Wright rumors

March 13, 2013 Updates
March 11, 2013 Updates

After a four-year career running point for John Thompson III at Georgetown, the 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound Wright wasn't selected in the 2011 NBA draft, leading him to pursue a pro career overseas in Turkey. Several months after joining Turkish club Olin Edirne, Wright fell while leaning down to touch the baseline during a sprint at practice ... and, as Anthony Olivo wrote in a January feature on Wright, things got pretty odd after that. “It was kind of weird,” Wright said, thinking back on the moment.” I didn’t know, I was thinking maybe I stumbled over my foot or something like that, but that night it got progressively worse and the next morning I came in to shoot early before practice and I lost all sensation in basically my right leg and my right hand.” [...] He immediately sought medical attention. The initial diagnosis, while not definitive at the time, was that he had Multiple Sclerosis — M.S. — [a] disease that attacks the Central Nervous System and, at worst, can cause complete or partial paralysis. [...] “Honestly, I didn’t know what M.S. was,” Wright said with a laugh. “Then I remember a couple of my teammates came into the hospital and I was laying on the bed and they were all looking at me like, ‘oh my God’ like it’s something serious, and I was just like, ‘man, why you all looking at me like that? I don’t even know what’s going on.’” Yahoo! Sports

March 10, 2013 Updates

The Mavericks will probably sign a young player out of the D-League, rather than bring in a re-tread such as Mike Bibby, Earl Boykins, Michael Redd or Baron Davis. Among the possibilities is point guard Chris Wright, who has averaged 15.5 points and seven assists for Iowa of the D-League. Also, Texas Legends point guards Justin Dentmon and Sean Singletary are on the Mavericks’ radar. Dallas Morning News

March 9, 2013 Updates

General manager Bob Myers said he had cordial talks with Jackson daily about who might fit and reiterated that it didn’t make any sense to bring in a player to sit on the bench. There was some talk about guards Maalik Wayns and Chris Douglas-Roberts, forwards Josh Childress, Dominic McGuire and Chris Wright and center Mickell Gladness. But the Warriors agreed that Thomas was the right guy, because he’s a defense-first wing who is athletic enough to finish in transition – some of the very attributes the Warriors lost when Brandon Rush tore his anterior cruciate ligment in the season’s second game. San Francisco Chronicle

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

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