HoopsHype James Singleton rumors

May 9, 2012 Updates

Singleton laughed, because the 30-year-old heard similar comments from his younger teammates. “They teased me sometimes but everyone knows that I’m not the kind of guys that’s going to decline, you know. Every year I get better,” Singleton said. “I just worked on my game. I spent more than an hour, an hour and a half a day working on my jump shot with the coach that was over there, just working of different parts of my game because China is different than the NBA. Over there, it’s a lot more physical, a lot more dirty play, and they pack the lane over there. I used to be a slasher, so I had to develop a jump shot to be able to do more things. Once that opened up for me, everything just became easy. Right now the NBA is easy to me.” Washington Post

April 24, 2012 Updates

Charlotte forward Tyrus Thomas was ejected from the Bobcats' game with the Wizards for throwing an elbow at Washington's James Singleton late in the first quarter on Monday night. Thomas was dribbling and Singleton was defending him when the Charlotte forward elbowed him with 3.6 seconds remaining in the quarter. He was immediately called for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Charlotte Observer

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Singleton, in turn, has noticed the change in the Wizards under Wittman. "He installs more confidence in the guys," Singleton said. "No matter what's going on, he lets the guys know that he has their back, and he just wants to keep fighting. He keeps telling them play with confidence. That's his key thing. The team slogan since I've been here has been 'together' and 'family.' I didn't hear that before." The future for both coach and player remains uncertain, but it hasn't swayed either one's determination. "I think I've already proved myself," Singleton said. "I've got a good rep with the NBA. I'm always known as a guy that works hard and a guy that just goes out and does whatever the team needs. I don't think I really have to audition anymore or keep auditioning. Either they know or they don't know." Washington Examiner

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Singleton also shared that upon arrival, all he ate during the first week was “eggs and rice” and that on the road, his diet consisted of McDonald’s and KFC. There are a lot of things I have been able to understand in this country, but why teams can’t find good, healthy restaurants for their foreign players when they’re on the road will always be beyond me. When asked if he plans on making a return to the NBA next season, Singleton said: I’m going make a push to come back [to the NBA] this year… if there’s not a lockout, I’m definitely going to be back home. Because I haven’t lost anything. I’ve learned more each year. Coming back home, if you play overseas… it’s a whole new world, man. If you can play in China, the contact in the NBA is nothing compared to the contact over there. So it definitely gave a little bit more of a weapon to use when I come home. NiuBBall.com

June 6, 2011 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the more proactive NBA teams when it comes to taking advantage of its D-League counterpart in the Tulsa 66ers, but they'll take a look at a host of other free agents Tuesday and Wednesday during a free agent mini-camp according to sources with knowledge of the workout. The Thunder have invited guards Blake Ahearn, Matt Janning, Jerome Dyson and Marquez Haynes; wings Bobby Simmons, James Singleton, DeMarre Carroll and Joe Alexander; and bigs Ryan Reid, Latavious Williams, Arinze Onuaku, Marquis Gilstrap, Tony Gaffney, Rob Kurz and Stephane Lasme. Those names are fluid, however, meaning a few more could be added to the list by the time workouts are actually underway. Ridiculous Upside

June 1, 2011 Updates

Among the free agents the Wolves will work out Thursday and Friday are former NBA players Quincy Douby, Orien Greene, J.R. Giddens, Steven Hunter, Cedric Jackson, Matt Janning, Alexander Johnson, Jerel McNeal, James Singleton and John Thomas; second-year players who played in the D-League last season including Matt Bouldin and DeShawn Sims; former Memphis guard Darius Washington Jr. who is most famous for missing clutch free-throws; former D-League standout James Mays who spent the last two seasons in China and Turkey; and a fellow by the name of Chris Daniels who either attended college in Georgia or at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (I'm guessing it's the latter). Ridiculous Upside

April 8, 2011 Updates

So when I read last night that NiuBBall’s first ever player interview, James Singleton, wrecked the backboard yesterday in Urumqi at the beginning of practice, naturally I thought of my favorite video game of all time. Committing malicious violence to a basket is nothing new to him, though. According to Singleton, he’s a repeat offender — this is the third time he’s shattered the backboard from dunking. The first time was during practice while in college at Murray State, the other was during a game while playing professionally in Europe. “In Italy I broke the whole thing off,” Singleton said last night while talking with NiuBBall.com. This isn’t the first time he’s done damage to Chinese basketball hoops, either. “I’ve broken the shot clock that sits on top of the basket twice already this year.” That led us to the asking the natural follow-up question of, how do you break a shot clock? “Knocked the power out. A couple of bolts fell out, they had let the rim down to keep it from falling.” NiuBBall.com

February 21, 2011 Updates

NiuBBall: Do you want to go back and play in the NBA, either next year or sometime further down the road? James Singleton: Yeah, I would go back to the NBA next season. But it has to a more lucrative decision. The same thing that made me pick overseas over the NBA. It’s more of a business decision than anything. What people fail to understand is that at the end of the day it’s a business. NiuBBall.com

NiuBBall: And that might even be option with the concerns over a lockout next year. If there was a lockout and if Xinjiang wanted you back for another go, would you consider coming back? Are you interested in playing back in Europe? JS: If this team wanted me to come back, after we win a championship and this team wants me to come back, then I’d consider coming back. There are other teams out here that I’m sure would try to get me at the end of the season. But, I’ve been keeping tabs on everything with the NBA. The lockout, it seems like its going to happen, but I don’t think they’re actually going to let it happen. There’s too much upside going on right now and if they did have a lockout, the recovery could take a long time. But, it could either be the CBA, the NBA or I’d go overseas someplace else to Europe or wherever. Basketball is worldwide, so it doesn’t matter to me. NiuBBall.com

September 7, 2010 Updates

James Singleton determined that he would have more to gain (such as money and playing time) in leaving the NBA than sticking around for another shot next season. Singleton, a throw-in from the Wizards' trade deadline deal with Dallas last February who emerged as a regular rotation player, said on Monday that he signed to play next season in China with the Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers. The Wizards had some interest in bringing back Singleton, an undersized but energetic, high-flying forward who averaged 6.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in 32 games -- including three starts -- after arriving in Washington. Singleton had seven games with at least 10 rebounds, including a career-high 21-rebounds in a loss to Indiana last March. Washington Post

He said that the NBA is "a business" and that a number of factors outside of basketball often contribute to which players get an opportunity to shine. "I've seen and experienced just about everything the NBA can offer. I'm blessed cause I was able to partake in it," Singleton said, "Some guys would love to just make it there, ride the bench and get paid. I'm not that guy. I want to play. I didn't work hard all these years just to sit and watch other people. I was given a true talent, but sitting around and being a cheerleader isn't one of them." Washington Post

July 30, 2010 Updates

In order to sign Howard, the Wizards had to renounce the rights to free agent James Singleton, which is merely a formality. The Wizards remain interested bringing back Singleton, who arrived in Washington along with Howard, or Fabricio Oberto to fill out their frontcourt. The downside to the deal is that the first year following a major knee injury is rarely the best one, because players spend so much time regaining confidence in their limbs and trying to adjust to limited lateral quickness. While Howard certainly uses his athleticism, he isn't overly athletic, relying mostly on his craftiness and skill to be effective. Washington Post

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