HoopsHype Ike Diogu rumors

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For Ike Diogu, it all happened so fast. The forward, out of the NBA since the 2008-09 season after a left knee injury that required microfracture surgery, had just finished one of his two daily workouts at a South Bay health club, gearing up for a move to play basketball in China beginning shortly after Christmas. Then his agent called. "He was like, you wouldn't believe this if I tell you this, but the Clippers have an interest in you. They want to bring you in for a workout," Diogu said, recalling the Dec. 21 phone call. "I was like, OK, what time? And he said 2 o'clock, and I looked at the clock, and it was 12:43. "That's pretty much how it happened -- just like that." Riverside Press-Enterprise

While he's pleased to be getting another chance in the NBA, Diogu also keeps an eye on his plans for a post-basketball career. A digital art major at Arizona State, he is interested in working in video games or computer animation. "Every summer, I go to the EA studios in Vancouver" -- Electronic Arts is a leading video-game maker -- "and just get some more behind- the-scenes info ... talk to designers and programmers and get to do some hands-on things. It's something I definitely have an interest." Riverside Press-Enterprise

December 27, 2010 Updates

Former Arizona State star Ike Diogu went an entire season out of the NBA after 2009 microfracture surgery and was working out on his own last week before he signed and played with the Clippers on Wednesday. With three Clippers big men out, Diogu went into the rotation for 32 minutes in two games, including a six-point, three-rebound effort Sunday vs. Phoenix. "The opportunity came out of nowhere," Diogu said. "It was getting to the point where I was probably going to have to go overseas and come back next season. I'm having a lot of fun, and I'm really thankful for this chance. "This was all I've been looking for since I was drafted, just an opportunity. The naysayers were the ones who said the negative stuff. I knew I belonged in the NBA." Arizona Republic

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In preparation for the regular season opener against the New Jersey Nets next Wednesday, the Detroit Pistons have released forward Ike Diogu and guard Vernon Hamilton. The cuts get the Pistons' roster down to 15, the league maximum. Diogu joined the team on the opening day of training camp. The 6-foot-9 forward has averaged 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds during his career. Booth Newspapers

September 27, 2010 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have invited power forward Ike Diogu to training camp, which starts Tuesday. The team was looking at adding some young size to the team’s roster, and the 6-foot-9 Diogu fits the bill. Detroit Free Press

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Dallas execs are spending Monday trying to fill out the roster for training camp, which begins in a week. I’ve been told they are leaning less toward “Brian Scalabrine types’’ and more toward "a player like'' Diogu, a 6-9, 250-pound power forward who, having just turned 27, still might have some upside. Sources say Dallas is considering local product Diogu (who starred at Garland High School) while still hoping to land an even better talent. dallasbasketball.com

We’re still working under the assumption that Dallas will sign a power forward … and that his front-court credentials and spot on the camp totem pole will be similar to Dee Brown’s backcourt credentials and spot on the totem pole. And we are told that, Diogu or not, the Mavs plan to finalize something by midweek. (No update yet on the Brian Cardinal/Bobby Simmons/Steve Novak involvement here.) dallasbasketball.com

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