HoopsHype DeSagana Diop rumors
Charlotte Bobcats center Gana Diop had successful surgery Wednesday on his ruptured right Achilles tendon. Just to put the severity of that injury in perspective, projected recovery time is nine to 12 months. Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop is out for the season, after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon. The Bobcats suspected Diop had sustained a serious injury, when he stuggled to even walk off the court Friday against the Golden State Warriors. Ironically, Diop was getting his best chance to play, due to the coaching change from Larry Brown to Paul Silas. Silas had previously coached Diop in Cleveland. Charlotte Observer
Diop has been a punchline the past year. On performance, he deserved it, but let me tell you something: If there's a better guy in that locker room -- and this is the best locker room I've covered in 21 NBA seasons -- I don't know who it would be. You don't think Gana knows people ridicule him? If he became bitter and surly and introverted, who could blame him? But even when he never got a uniform, when he wasn't activated for the playoff series to give fouls on Dwight Howard, he was gracious and classy. Charlotte Observer
The basketball court, DeSagana Diop explains, is in Parcelles Assainies, the neighborhood in which he grew up in Dakar and the unlikely starting point for a nine-year N.B.A. career. Diop’s parents, he says, still live in the neighborhood. The space was just dirt and trash before Diop dedicated the court last week. “Before we did it, it was nothing,” Diop said by telephone from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, in western Africa. Its opening symbolizes another small step on a continent where the N.B.A. is attempting to take a great leap. The N.B.A. has extended its influence to Asia, and India is next on its ambitious docket. But the league has recently increased its efforts in Africa. New York Times
Diop views himself from the same prism as many of his campers. He is luckier than most and did not scour for his next meal. His father was a high school principal and his mother a teacher. But like some of the campers, Diop ventured into basketball only after he grew too tall for soccer. Fall discovered Diop and funneled him to the United States and the high school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, which has produced numerous N.B.A. stars. Diop progressed on the basketball court and, even more important, in the classroom. He was Oak Hill’s valedictorian. “He just needed to be given the tools, but you could tell that he had a lot of upside,” Fall said. “It was just a question of if he could get to the right place to learn the game.” New York Times
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