HoopsHype Rodney Rogers rumors
Several years had passed since Rodney Rogers, a 12-season and seven-team NBA veteran, suffered a devastating injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Life had become a succession of some good — and many not so good — days. So Rogers’ wife, Faye, made a tough-love call. No more pity, Rodney. Get out and do something. “I remember I didn’t want to leave the house,” Rogers said. “She grabbed me and told me I had to make the best of it and get out the message of my life.” New York Post
During All-Star weekend, there’s another game, the Original Legends Classic, featuring former players such as Anthony Avent, a driving force behind the classic, Dominique Wilkins, Steve Francis and Shawn Kemp. It is set for today at the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion. Part of the proceeds of the game go to Rogers’ foundation and another ex-NBA player’s charity, the Brian Grant Foundation, which battles Parkinson’s Disease, in addition to local charities. (Donations can be made at TheRodneyRogersFoundation.org and Briangrant.org.) Rogers made the 20-hour trip from North Carolina by van to be here because “it’s so important for Rodney to be at the game and let people see him,” his wife said. Rodney and Faye relate to the feelings of other families coping with spinal injuries. They have lived it since the fateful day of Nov. 28, 2008, when Rogers rode his dirt bike at high speed into a curve in North Carolina. The accident left him with a broken neck. New York Post
His NBA career ended after the 2005 season. Late that year, his new life was beginning. He met Faye. They were engaged in April 2008, seven months before the accident. “I fell in love with him that first night, and I’ve been in love with him since,” she recalled. She has provided the strength Rogers required to survive catastrophe. “Some days are good, some days are not good,” Rogers said. “But I survived and I feel blessed. I can’t keep going around being all sad and depressed. I’ve got a loving wife I thank for that. “She has never complained. She’s been there every step of the way, and I love her to death,” Rogers added. “Now I’m trying to get out there more on my own with the help of my nurses.” New York Post
With tonight being Rodney Rogers appreciation night, tell me a little about why you decided to honor Rodney and dedicate this night to him. Jerry Stackhouse: Man, there’s not a more beautiful person in the world. Rodney embodies everything that we want this league to be about. For kids that may not have it right away, don’t give up. Rodney had a tragic situation where he could have given up and probably died, but he just kept fighting and fighting and fighting. We wanted these kids to see him share a few words and that might encourage them because even though everything might not be happening like you want it, look at this guy [Rodney]. This guy had everything. He was on top of the world. A former NBA player, retired and enjoying the rest of his life…then he gets in an accident and now he’s paralyzed. Yet throughout all of that, he’s still not worried about himself and is all about helping other people. That’s why we wanted to honor him tonight. SLAM
And now more adversity has come to the group with which Doyle formed some of his fondest memories. An impossible-to-believe percentage of the saddest NBA-related stories of recent years have sprung from the roster of the 1996-97 Clippers. Malik Sealy was 30 when he was killed by a drunk driver while returning from Kevin Garnett's birthday party in the early morning hours of May 20, 2000. Kevin Duckworth died of a heart attack at age 44 on Aug. 25, 2008. Rodney Rogers was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a Nov. 28, 2008, dirt-bike accident. Dwayne Schintzius fought leukemia and needed a bone-marrow transplant to fight his way back to become cancer-free, according to this recent report. And now Wright is gone. ESPN.com
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