HoopsHype Earl Boykins rumors

January 23, 2011 Updates

Boykins has not made any decisions about how long he wants to play. Because he played little in his early seasons and has avoided injuries, he thinks he can continue to play for quite some time and then maybe he'll be able to accomplish the one thing that has eluded him so far. "The only thing left for me to do is win," said Boykins, who has lost three times in the first round of the playoffs, with each series going five games. "I want to win bad." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Boykins, the former Cleveland Central Catholic and Eastern Michigan star, is 34 now, although he looks almost exactly the same as he did his rookie year with the Cavs in 1998-99 -- a fact that has not escaped a teammate. "My face hasn't changed," admitted the 5-5 Boykins. "Keyon Dooling asked me, 'Man, what's wrong with you? You're the only guy who's never aged. Most of us are losing our hairlines or going bald. You've got the same haircut. You don't ice. You don't stretch. What's wrong with you?'" Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I think my career is based on coaches. I always knew that in order for me to have a chance in this league, I had to have a coach that was not confident in me but confident in his ability to coach the game. Even getting recruited in college, whichever coach chose to let me play was taking a risk. "Even at this level, my ability to play is not based on me. It's based on whether the coach has enough confidence in his coaching ability to not worry about what other people say. I'm rare in that regard. Most careers are based on what a player can actually do, whereas my career has never been based on that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

He credits former Golden State Eric Musselman with giving him his first real chance in 2002-03. "He was the first coach to say, 'OK, I don't care about the height, I don't care about the size. I'm going to give you the ball and you're going to prove whether you can play,'" Boykins said. "He not only gave me the ball, but he gave me the ball in the fourth quarter. That's what separated me from other players -- not only can he play during the game, but in crunch time he not only can play but he can win games. That's where my career changed." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 19, 2011 Updates

He is in his 11th season, which trails Spud Webb (12 seasons), Calvin Murphy (13) and Muggsy Bogues (14) in longevity among players 5-9 or shorter. The thing is, I understand how to play the game of basketball," said Boykins, who is averaging 9.0 points and 3.3 assists through his career. "I understand the game better than most of the players that I'm playing against. With the understanding and the experience I have, I'm able to be successful." Washington Post

When Boykins signed with the Wizards in November of last season, he thought he was joining a playoff contender. But only three players -- Nick Young, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee -- remain from that squad. He watched Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson get traded at the deadline and experienced a season like none other. "It was a learning experience," Boykins said. "It was something that no one expected, especially when I signed there. The turmoil was unexpected and I just tried to remain professional throughout my time there and just go out, play hard." Washington Post

December 28, 2010 Updates

Already without the injured Brandon Jennings, the Bucks lost veteran point guard Earl Boykins to suspension for Tuesday's game against the Bulls. The NBA suspended Boykins for making contact with an official late in the third quarter of the Bucks' loss Monday to the Hawks. "It's unfortunate," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "He didn't mean anything. It was kind of incidental contact. But the league is very clear about that, and I understand it." Chicago Tribune

December 23, 2010 Updates

The 5-foot-5 Boykins, the second-shortest player in NBA history, scored 22 points in a 98-79 rout of the Lakers at the Staples Center. That was one more point than Lakers star Kobe Bryant or anybody else managed in the game, and the best outing by Boykins in more than 3 ½ years. "The doubters are always going to be there,'' Boykins said when asked if it was a reminder to some he still can play. "Even after (Tuesday), somebody will say, 'That's only one game.' So the doubters are always there. I don't even worry about it.'' FanHouse.com

December 6, 2010 Updates
August 20, 2010 Updates

The Bucks announced Friday they have signed veteran guard Earl Boykins. Boykins will be part of the Bucks' point-guard trio along with starter Brandon Jennings and veteran Keyon Dooling. On Thursday agent Mark Termini told the Journal Sentinel that Boykins had agreed to a fully guaranteed one-year deal for $1.35 million. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Little Earl" is just the man to complete the Milwaukee Bucks' point guard trio. Veteran Earl Boykins, ready to begin his 12th NBA season, has reached agreement on a one-year deal to join the Bucks, according to agent Mark Termini. "Earl had interest from other situations," Termini said Thursday. "But his familiarity with Bucks management and several players was important, and at this stage of his career he would like to take part in the playoffs. "Now it's about picking places where he can have a role." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 19, 2010 Updates

The Bucks are near an agreement with veteran point guard Earl Boykins, a move which would complete Milwaukee's point guard trio for the 2010-'11 season. Sources indicated a one-year deal could be reached within the next week to bring Boykins back to the Bucks for a second time. The 5-foot-5 guard played last season with the Washington Wizards and appeared in 67 games while averaging 6.6 points and 2.6 assists in 16.7 minutes per game. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 17, 2010 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have reached out to free agent veteran Earl Boykins, confirmed a league source to RealGM. Boykins helped stabilize a tumultuous season for the Washington Wizards, appearing in 67 games and averaging 14.2 points per 36 minutes. His 09-10 season was a return to the NBA after a lucrative interlude playing in Italy for Virtus Bologna during the 08-09 season. RealGM

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