HoopsHype Jamaal Magloire rumors
The temptation is to trace it back to 2001. That's when his half-brother Justin Shephard, with whom he shared a father, was murdered. Justin was 19, four years younger than Jamaal, and more advanced in basketball than his big brother had been. "His desire was to join Jamaal in the NBA," Justin's mother, Audette, says of her only child. Toronto's police offered a $50,000 reward, which Jamaal matched, but the crime remains unsolved. Magloire, however, insists that experience wasn't his inspiration. Nor, necessarily, were the shared Southern Caribbean roots - Magloire's heritage traces to Trinidad. "That brings everybody closer to each other," Sheran says. "If something happens to a Trinidadian, we say, 'You all remember how the Trinidadian helped people from St. Lucia?' Now this is how we think." Magloire says not to over-think his motives. He's long done charitable work in Toronto, including park events and scholarships. "I realize I can't help everybody, but in situations where I know I can help somebody, I'm definitely going to try," Magloire says. Palm Beach Post
Magloire received calls from people pretending to act on Mataeo's behalf. He got a text from someone purporting to be Sheran, asking to meet, and for money. "At the time, I did not even have Jamaal's number," Sheran says. One scammer even opened a fake Facebook page, using a family name, soliciting donations until the authorities shut it down. Contributions have slowed since the summer, but Sheran says Mataeo now gets good medical care through programs like Children's Aid and Safe Haven, and is doing as well as can be expected. She still has one hope. Well, two. First, that her nephew can finally meet the Heat center. "I didn't bring Mataeo to the services," Sheran says. "It would have been too much for him, with the crying and the crowd." Second, that she can spend a half-hour sometime with Magloire. "One day," Sheran says. "But I know he's very busy." Palm Beach Post
The Magic have made inquiries to the Knicks regarding Ronny Turiaf, the 76ers concerning Tony Battie, the Bobcats concerning Nazr Mohammed and the HEAT concerning Jamaal Magloire, but have found little interest. HoopsWorld
The Cat is out of the bag. Jamaal Magloire is back with the Miami Heat. A bruiser on the court and a stabilizing presence in the locker room, Magloire signed off Monday on his third one-year, minimum-scale contract with the Heat. Known as the "Big Cat," the former University of Kentucky Wildcat becomes the Heat's fourth center under contract, joining fellow Heat free agent Joel Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers free agent Zydrunas Ilgauskas and second-round pick Dexter Pittman, the burly center from the University of Texas. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The latest to formally put pen to paper was Cleveland Cavaliers free-agent center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who signed off on a two-year, $2.8 million deal Saturday, with a player option on that second season. By the end of Saturday, there is hope to also have Heat free-agent center Jamaal Magloire under contract. Expected to follow in short order are Portland Trail Blazers free-agent forward Juwan Howard and Heat free-agent point guard Carlos Arroyo. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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