HoopsHype Chris Wright rumors


March 18, 2013 Updates

For the most part, he is. He has parlayed an excellent season with the NBA Development League's Iowa Energy into a 10-day contract with the Mavericks. But Wright is also the only known current NBA player who has multiple sclerosis. After being diagnosed a year ago, while playing abroad for Olin Edirne, a Turkish team about 125 miles from Istanbul, Wright came home and spent four months recovering and finding the right combination of medicine and treatment. He has been symptom-free since the initial attack, which often happens with so-called "relapsing/remitting" MS sufferers, and with continuing treatment, Wright may experience a partial or complete recovery where the disease does not progress any further. Only time, and how he feels, will tell. Then again, maybe he won't tell. "Even if it was something, I wouldn't let anybody know," Wright said. "It's part of the process. Everybody has pain. It's like an injury." NBA.com

But Wright did not get drafted in 2011, and couldn't hook on with an NBA team as a free agent. He signed with Olin Edirne in August of 2011, and for the first few months, everything was fine. He was the Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in early December, 2011, after posting a double-double. But a couple of months later, everything changed. "I was at practice, and I was running sprints," Wright said. "I was trying to touch the baseline. And I slipped. And I thought it was just, I must've tripped or did something. And as I was walking I felt that I was losing sensation [in his leg], and I had a little pain in my foot. So I went home that night, and my foot started ... it was like your foot going to sleep. And it just constantly felt like that. And I was getting pain from it. So I was like, whatever, and I just played it off. The next day, I got up, and I went in early to shoot, and I lost sensation, basically, on the whole right side of my body. I couldn't feel anything." NBA.com

"It was a tough situation," Wright said. "But they knew they had to release me. Because I physically wasn't able to do anything. I literally could not walk. The next morning I had to crawl to get out the bed. I couldn't walk for about four days." He flew back to Washington, where the staff at Georgetown put him in touch with new doctors. Some of them told him he would never be able to play again and should think about getting into coaching. But Wright's search ultimately led him to Crayton, the medical director of the MS Center of Greater Washington, D.C. and an assistant professor of neurology at Georgetown University Hospital. "She said, 'You can do what you want to do,' " Wright said. "'You've got to monitor yourself.' And I'm doing it. It's been a blessing. I feel good. I haven't had a relapse since." NBA.com

The aggressive treatment has worked so far. After taking four months off to find the right combination of medicine and treatment, Wright wanted to give the NBA another try. But he found word of his disease had gotten ahead of him. Even though Crayton personally told teams Wright was fine, they didn't want to take the risk. "It came up several times," Wright said. "I actually tried to get into summer league. Teams backed out at the last minute, because of the MS. So it definitely came up. Several teams backed off when it came to training camp: We don't want to have that risk factor. Which I understand. It's understandable." NBA.com

March 13, 2013 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Chris Wright to a 10-day contract. Wright was playing in the NBA Development League for Iowa, where the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 assists in his 38 games. He was a D-League All-Star. The Mavericks announced the deal Wednesday. They have a full 15-player roster. Wright is expected to join the Mavericks in San Antonio and be available for Thursday night's game against the Spurs. USA Today Sports

Dwain Price: PG Chris Wright will sign his 10-day contract with the #Mavs on Wed., and then practice with the team's low-minute players in San Antonio. Twitter @DwainPrice

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

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