HoopsHype Joe Dorsey rumors

October 25, 2010 Updates

While there were concerns about Dorsey’s attitude after the Sacramento Kings— who acquired him in the Kevin Martin/Tracy McGrady swap with Houston— released him last spring, the bruising forward has been on his best behavior here in Toronto. “I have seen absolutely nothing of the negative variety at all,” Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. “He’s one of the nicest guys that I’ve been around. Respectful, works hard in practice and he’s fun. He’s a fun guy to be around. I like to base my opinion on what I see and what I know and maybe he’s pulling the wool over my eyes, but I’m not going to believe anything different until I see something different.” The Score

Triano knows all too well how a bad — and sometimes inaccurate — rep can linger with a player. It almost happened the season before with Sonny Weems. “All of the time,” Triano says of reputations staying with a player. “All of the time … We heard stories about Sonny, too, and [now] Sonny is one of my favorite people to coach.” The Score

This past January, Dorsey was playing in the NBA D-League showcase. Blowing his first game because of nerves, he was given a pep talk from Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. In the second game, Dorsey came out with a purpose and scored 27 points to go with 22 rebounds while hitting all 11 of his field goals. The performance earned him a slot on the D-League’s showcase first team and his phone was ringing off of the hook with congratulatory calls and texts. But then, out of nowhere, he gets a different type of call, this one from an assistant coach who tells him that he’s sorry for his loss. “I was like, ‘What do you mean?’” Dorsey remembers. The Score

He didn’t know what was happening, and after the coach hung up the phone suddenly, Dorsey immediately called his mother in a panic. When he got her on the phone, his mother first tried to hide the pain from her son, pretending nothing had happened. Not on this weekend, not when he had so much to prove. After Dorsey told her about the call from the assistant coach, his mother broke down. Dorsey takes a breath before revealing the tragedy he found out about that day. “My mom started crying. My cousin had got kidnapped and killed.” The impact hit Dorsey immediately. “It’s very hard for me to trust anybody. I really don’t go back home like that. It’s just like, ‘What am I doing going back home for if they killed him?’” After that, Dorsey shut himself off even more. “I really don’t let people get close to me anymore or anything like that. My mom says you should stop shutting people out of your life, so coming up here, this is good for me. An outdoor place, I can walk around, have friends and have fun. I’m cool with it up here.” The Score

But then, out of nowhere, he gets a different type of call, this one from an assistant coach who tells him that he’s sorry for his loss. “I was like, ‘What do you mean?’” Dorsey remembers. He didn’t know what was happening, and after the coach hung up the phone suddenly, Dorsey immediately called his mother in a panic. When he got her on the phone, his mother first tried to hide the pain from her son, pretending nothing had happened. Not on this weekend, not when he had so much to prove. After Dorsey told her about the call from the assistant coach, his mother broke down. The Score

Dorsey takes a breath before revealing the tragedy he found out about that day. “My mom started crying. My cousin had got kidnapped and killed.” The impact hit Dorsey immediately. “It’s very hard for me to trust anybody. I really don’t go back home like that. It’s just like, ‘What am I doing going back home for if they killed him?’” After that, Dorsey shut himself off even more. “I really don’t let people get close to me anymore or anything like that. My mom says you should stop shutting people out of your life, so coming up here, this is good for me. An outdoor place, I can walk around, have friends and have fun. I’m cool with it up here.” It’s obvious that here in Toronto, Dorsey is counting his chances as well as his blessings.

 “Just adapting to the team,” he said when asked what he’s trying to work on with the Raptors coaching staff. “I just want to show [Triano] that I can play. I can play here. I can do anything that you want me to do. I will go out there and do it. Put me out there for two or three minutes and you’ll get 110 percent. Go out there every day and look at it like it’s your last. A lot of people don’t get three chances. This is the last one, I think. Right here.” The Score

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