HoopsHype Desmond Ferguson rumors


January 9, 2013 Updates

Inside the arena, Desmond Ferguson lifts his 6-7, 225-pound frame from the bench. To his teammates, his friends and the fans he is known as Moneyball. It’s a nickname based on his ability to knock down three pointers—the moneyball. The name was born in his AAU days, when he played alongside Kevin Garnett. Every time Ferguson hoisted a shot from long distance Garnett would scream out the name, indicating to everyone else what he already knew, Ferguson wasn’t going to miss. Garnett went on to become an NBA champion, a league MVP and a 14-time All-Star. Ferguson is about to check in for the 18th team he has played for in a career that has spanned 10 years and 13 countries. He moves confidently, but slowly. His body can’t hide the mileage it’s endured. At 33, Moneyball is the oldest man on the court. He’s also the only one with NBA experience. SLAM

In October of 2000, at the age of 23, his professional career began. His first team took him to Holland, his next to Italy and then another to the Philippines. “I was basketball for hire,” he says. One team to the next, jersey after jersey, coach after coach. Never staying for more than a season with anyone. “You learn to accept it,” he says. “I’d miss my family, my friends, and just being home. But then you remind yourself it’s a job. You need to get that pay check, so you put your head down and go to work.” In 2002, Ferguson finally found himself close to home, playing for the Flint Fuze of the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association. His desire to reach the NBA still shook him to the core but the glamor of playing professional basketball had begun to wear off; replaced by the realities of jumping from one minor league to the next. SLAM

This season will be his last. His career arc having followed a path that’s more common than those often celebrated. Despite how quickly his NBA dreams faded, he achieved what so few do. His relentless pursuit to the top of the sport took him to the far corners of the world, it made him question himself, question his abilities and question the realities of being a professional athlete on the fringes of success. He views the men on the court as “the best blessing sowed upon me. They are lifelong friends.” “It’s amazing what the game can do. It can bring people together; make them forget about their trials and tribulations. It can give hope to the kids that need it most. If I can reach out to one kid and give them that sense of hope, it can touch them for the rest of their life. That’s a powerful thing.” SLAM

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.