HoopsHype Ryan Anderson rumors

October 30, 2013 Updates
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Anderson and Allemand’s family are establishing a foundation to help people battling depression and contemplating suicide. He said discussing suicide is seemingly a “forbidden topic.” “My faith is what gets me though. Things don’t happen...that doesn’t happen for no reason,” he said. “I know where Gia’s heart was at. I know where she’s at. She’s in heaven right now. She’s incredibly happy. She’s pain-free. She’s not feeling that way anymore. And now it’s my mission that God has given me to voice this, to help a lot of people through her story. I’m really going to focus a lot on that. “I feel like that’s why I’m here. Basketball isn’t why I’m here. This is why God put me on Earth.” Orlando Sentinel

Near tears and his voice cracking, Anderson said getting through every day is a challenge. “Every day’s a roller-coaster, man. Every day is hard,” he said. “I miss her every second…but I owe this to her. I owe this to myself. I don’t want to just be a basketball player and go home and have my life just revolve around that. “I want it to be about changing lives, be a difference-maker. This has really helped me grow up.” Orlando Sentinel

September 30, 2013 Updates

Allemand, who appeared on ABC's "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad," died in mid-August at age 29. "Something like that just doesn't happen for no reason and I know that for 100 percent," Ryan said, his voice cracking as a tear dripped off his left cheek. "I know that there's a huge plan here. ... I know that a lot of people are going to be helped through this." "This is a topic that is not talked about enough and it is a huge problem," Anderson continued. "Let's be honest here. We live in a society now where you've got to live up to something, you've got to be a certain person and you're not (always) going to be accepted. Every single person has something special about them. That's what I want to be my goal here." ESPN.com

One of his teammates and friends, forward Jason Smith, stood behind Anderson, placing a hand on his shoulder in an effort to help him maintain his composure and get the words out. Smith, who attended Allemand's funeral, said Anderson has been making progress working through his grief. "Obviously, he's going through a hard time right now. He definitely needs to lean on family, friends, teammates," Smith said. "He knows that we're all here for him. Going forward, we just have to be there for him in any way he needs, whether it's going out to the movies one night, whether it's just talking to him, whether it's just being around when he needs somebody around. "At first, it was really hard to see him go through something like that," Smith continued. "He's strong enough to continue to work through it." ESPN.com

An emotional Ryan Anderson says being with the New Orleans Pelicans helps him cope with the grief he's been dealing with since his girlfriend, reality TV actress Gia Allemand, committed suicide. Anderson says every day is "a challenge" and "a roller coaster." He credits his religious faith, family and the chance to resume a professional routine with helping him move forward and work toward doing something in Allemand's honor that will help many others. Ledger-Enquirer

September 17, 2013 Updates

Now, the Pelicans are suddenly relevant, with one of the more interesting lineups in the NBA. Holiday and Evans will start alongside Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. While that looks like a NBA 2K14 fantasy team, it’s the actual lineup that Pelicans head coach Monty Williams will roll out every night, barring an injury or change. Off the bench, New Orleans will have Brian Roberts, Al-Farouq Aminu, Austin Rivers, Anthony Morrow, Jason Smith, Greg Stiemsma and Jeff Withey among others. New Orleans won just 27 games and finished with the second-worst record in the Western Conference last season. Now, after the busy offseason, expectations are obviously much higher in the Big Easy. A win will no longer be viewed as a pleasant surprise amid the team’s rebuild – it’ll be expected. In fact, just about everyone in the organization is talking about making the colossal jump into the West’s playoff picture as early as next season. “Our expectations are always high,” Davis said. “We definitely want to make the playoffs, and beyond. … We’re not sure how it’ll all fit; we’ll have to wait until we get into training camp and get to play with each other. Coach is still working it out, but whatever it is, I know that they’re going to help us make a push for the playoffs.” HoopsWorld

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NBA star Ryan Anderson is going through HELL right now following the suicide of GF Gia Allemand ... so says his ex-teammate Greivis Vasquez, telling our camera guy, Ryan needs his team more than ever right now. The Sacramento Kings star knows Ryan from their days on the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) -- and knew Gia very well from the 2 years she and Ryan dated. Of her death he says, "It's really tough. There are no words." Vasquez says the toll it's taking on Ryan (who found her body) is painful to see. He explains, "It's just hard. I know he's feeling guilty." Adding, "We gotta support him. We gotta be there for him." He goes on. TMZ.com

August 15, 2013 Updates
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"Bachelor" star Gia Allemand -- who appeared on Season 14 of the show -- is dead, a family member tells TMZ. As we reported, the 29-year-old model had been hospitalized in New Orleans since Monday following what her family called a serious emergency medical event. The details surrounding the event are unclear, but it was announced that Allemand had been placed on life support. Allemand's mother and longtime boyfriend NBA player Ryan Anderson -- of the New Orleans Pelicans -- were at her side when she died. TMZ.com

Allemand was taken Monday night to University Hospital in New Orleans after a suicide attempt, the publicist, Penelope Jean Hayes, said in a written statement. Anderson found the actress and called 911. Allemand was taken off life support Wednesday because of "a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn." Hayes said Allemand died with her "mother, boyfriend and other life-long friends by her side." ADN.com

The model and reality TV star girlfriend of NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson has been hospitalized in New Orleans. According to a statement from her publicist Tuesday, Gia Allemand, a former model and cast member of ABC's ``The Bachelor'' and ``Bachelor Pad,'' was taken Monday night to University Hospital following ``a serious emergency medical event.'' The details of the 29-year-old's condition were not immediately disclosed. But according to the statement, Allemand is listed in critical condition. NBA.com

The statement, issued by publicists for both Allemand and Anderson, says that Allemand's mother is with her daughter, along with Anderson. NBA.com

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