HoopsHype Leon Powe rumors

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The last time he competed at an NBA level was during the 2012 Summer League as a member of the Chicago Bulls, following a stint in Puerto Rico. He struggled, and the effects of all the injuries he had sustained over the years were visible on the court. At 28 years old, his career came to a close. “I really wasn’t jumping the way I wanted to jump. I wasn’t really moving like I used to move,” Powe said. “Therefore, some of the things that I used to do I can’t do anymore because of the injuries I had. “I wanted to make sure my knees were good, because you can feel good but you’ve got to know what’s going on inside. That’s what I told myself because I want to walk when I’m a little older, 40, 50. … I talked to my agent and a couple members of my family. They said if your knee is not feeling 100 percent and you feel like there’s something wrong, you don’t want to just keep getting surgeries and surgeries to go play. “[The hardest part is] watching, knowing what you used to do and knowing what you can do. But knowing if you do so much of it, your knee is probably going to hurt. I just don’t want to take that risk right now.” Basketball Insiders

Powe resides in California where he is focused on several business ventures, including an entertainment company. He’s trying to form an investment group in hopes of buying an NBA team. He is committed to his siblings “helping out, doing what I need to do,” he explained, staying true to those who were there before basketball and are still there. He credits the NBA for teaching him about hard work, giving him the opportunity to get to know people he wouldn’t have met otherwise, and equipping him with tools for the professional world. Even though he knows leaving the game was the best decision for him, it was still hard at times to be that close to the action. “It’s tough to deal with,” Powe said. “I love playing. I still love playing.” Basketball Insiders

April 5, 2014 Updates

A league source told CSNNE.com that two teams that might be made available in the near future are the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic. But on Friday, Powe's focus wasn't as much on future ownership. Instead, he was more locked into enjoying his time back in Boston, a city that's still near and dear to him. CSNNE.com

Getting to the NBA was only part of the professional basketball dream Leon Powe had while growing up. Powe, who was in town representing the '08 Celtics championship team during the Boston Red Sox opening ceremonies on Friday, wants to someday own an NBA team. "I always wanted to do it," Powe told CSNNE.com prior to Boston's 111-102 loss to Philadelphia. "I had a dream when I was younger to make it to the NBA, and be a businessman." Although there is not an NBA team currently for sale, Powe said he is in the process of putting together a group of potential investors in case one does hit the open market soon. CSNNE.com

Powe has continued to thrive even though his career ended prematurely, entering the business world. Although Powe only earned a modest - by NBA standards - $3.7 million in the league, he is a graduate of California-Berkeley and is trying to put together an ownership group to buy an NBA franchise. He would not be the first player to own a team, but he has considerably less resources and power as Michael Jordan. The fact that he is able to pursue such a task speaks to his business acumen. "[I'm] trying to put together an ownership group, an investment group for ownership to own a team. An NBA team. I've been doing research and got a couple groups with me right now. But I want to [have a] majority ownership stake, so I'm trying to make sure my side is good too." Celtics Blog

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So summer league with all those kids and never-going-anywhere free agents? Leon Powe has overcome so much more. “I’ve always had to prove myself,” Powe said after workouts at the Berto Center last week. “Sometimes you want to get mad, but you can’t get mad. In high school, I was No. 1, No. 2 in the country. I hurt myself and worked my way back. They said I’d never get into the league. I got into the league. They said I’d never be a productive player. I love proving people wrong. “It’s why I wanted to come to Las Vegas,” said Powe. “There are more teams there, more people to show that I’m fine. I’m not in any wheelchair. They keep putting out there that I’m not OK, like my leg is killing me. That’s why I’m going. I’ve just been doing two a days with the Bulls. I wanted to go where it wouldn’t be easy. I’ve been working (to rehabilitate his leg) three years. I came to show everyone my leg is fine. Rebound, defend, show leadership. Nothing has changed. I’ll play the game hard and respect the game. I can help anyone.” NBA.com

Now he’s back and says he can do it again, and if there’s anyone who has proven he will work his way back and be a productive player it is Leon Powe. There’s that something in certain people, what we label drive or determination or even courage. There’s a relentless spirit to Leon Powe, and few have overcome greater odds to produce in pro sports and more often. “Thibs knows me and is giving me an opportunity to work and show what I can do,” said Powe. “I feel things are going real well. I feel good. My leg is fine. I really don’t know why people keep bringing it up. I can go up and down the floor, go in the post. I went to Puerto Rico because nothing was happening (in the NBA). I said, ‘OK, I’ll go to work and get better and get in better shape.’ “I just want to come in and help a team win,” says Powe. “It’s the attitude on the court and off the court, in the locker room. I’ve been there, in the Finals, someone who can play off the bench. I know I can help a team.” NBA.com

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Jessica Camerato: Former #Celtics Leon Powe to play on Bulls Summer League team. Could change if he signs with a team before then. #CelticsTalk Twitter

April 15, 2012 Updates

You overcame so much to play in a state championship at Oakland Tech and then to go on to Cal and then win an NBA championship with the Celtics - that's a great story. What isn't as great is the Hook Mitchell path. It's pretty open, isn't it? He was sidetracked by the bad part of Oakland. Did you know about his story? Powe: Yeah, I knew about it. My mentor always used to tell me about his path, his story and what he went through. We were all in the same (high school) league, the OAL - a really tough league. Especially playing basketball, but off the court too. My mentor used to explain that to me over and over again, what happened to Hook. But I talked to him too, and he told me a little bit when I was coming up, too. San Francisco Chronicle

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Why one man made it and the other didn't is the fascinating question explored in the one-hour documentary "The Town Game: Two Lives, Two Paths," which premieres Monday night on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Narrated by Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale, it also doubles as a love letter to Oakland basketball history; Jason Kidd, Brian Shaw, Antonio Davis, Greg Foster and Marshawn Lynch are just some of the Oaklanders who participate in the documentary. Comcast SportsNet producer Matt Abrams conceived of the idea with the station's NBA reporter Matt Steinmetz, initially as a celebration of Oakland basketball. But then, "Everything I read, the name Demetrius 'Hook' Mitchell kept coming up," Abrams said. "I went back to Matt - 'Who is this Hook Mitchell guy?' It became clear during interviews that Demetrius and Leon were two symbolic figures for this community." Mitchell called it "therapeutic" to have his troubles be a focus of a documentary. "It's the cards we're dealt with, and you have to roll with the punches sometimes." Mitchell said. "I accept the bad decisions and bad choices I made. It's my current reality." San Francisco Chronicle

Powe, who is working to get back in the NBA after recovering from a series of knee problems, said he faced a situation similar to Mitchell's. Powe's father left the family when he was 2, and the family's house burned down when he was 7. His mother, brothers and sisters were homeless, constantly on the move. "We were struggling the whole time," Powe said by phone from Los Angeles, where the Cal alum is trying to get ready for the next NBA season. "We stayed in a lot of different rough areas: Acorn, East Oakland. We used to live around drug houses - guns, violence - and the police would raid our house every couple of weeks. We didn't know when they (were) coming to kick down the door. San Francisco Chronicle

"I could have (gone) either way. My family was struggling. The (drug dealers) came to me and told me, 'We got a million-dollar plan for you, to help your mother out.' I was like 'OK, cool, what do I gotta do?' That's what I told the older (dealer). And he said all I gotta do is sell some drugs, do some runs for him. 'It's no big deal. You can make a lot of money.' They gave me a day to think about it. ... "My mom said to do the right thing and treat people the way you want to be treated, no matter how hard the struggle is. 'We'll make it through, just don't do the wrong thing.' " Did the dealers accept no for an answer? "They didn't force me, but you had to be careful how you tell them no. You had to be real careful. I knew that." San Francisco Chronicle

March 14, 2012 Updates

KC Johnson: Leon Powe has left his team in Puerto Rico. Tribune reported interest in Powe last month. #Bulls have one roster spot left. Twitter

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