HoopsHype Sebastian Telfair rumors

March 14, 2013 Updates

At the same time, the alternative universe is impossible to ignore. "I look at situations like that," Telfair says as he thinks about not having the gun, and not behaving as if he'd achieved success already. "And maybe it's Rondo that goes in that trade instead of me. And I would have had a chance to play with Paul [Pierce], Ray Allen, and KG. I look at situations like that also." SI.com

Throughout his career it has been as if he was playing off the wrong foot -- too young to be the star he was supposed to be. At 6 feet, he needed to become a better shooter, and over these last three seasons he has converted a respectable 34.3 percent of his three-pointers. "I wanted to get a simple situation where I'm a part of a team, I'm helping them win every night," he says. "I just wanted to be part of a team that achieves something." That's why he signed with the Suns to be Steve Nash's backup for $1.5 million last season. "Getting an opportunity to be around him, seeing how he prepares for the games, seeing how serious you have to take it -- I think last year for the first time I was being consistent on how I prepare for the games," Telfair says. "My approach changed last season. Last year was my first time in the NBA when I wasn't on a rebuilding team or a young team." SI.com

February 26, 2013 Updates

Well, Sebastian Telfair, acquired before Thursday’s trade deadline, is happy to be a Raptor. He has already seen dysfunction this season. “This is my ninth year in the league so I definitely don’t want to go through anything like we were going through in Phoenix,” Telfair, who will suit up for his first game as a Raptor on Monday against Washington, said. “You’ve got a goal to win and if you’re not winning you at least want to be out there competing at the highest level. We weren’t doing that over there in Phoenix this year. I’m happy to be a part of a team that got a goal for themselves and night in and night out they’ve got something to achieve.” National Post

February 21, 2013 Updates

Arash Markazi: Haddadi had hoped a trade to Phoenix would work. He'll have to hit up the Persian Room in Scottsdale when he gets there. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

Shams Charania: Raptors appear close to landing Sebastian Telfair, who'll provide depth but isn't expected to immediately supplant John Lucas III as backup. Twitter @ShamsCharania

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For Telfair, he already has been relegated to a non-rotation role to make way for first-round draft pick Kendall Marshall at backup point guard. Telfair came to Phoenix two years ago in hopes of playing in the playoffs for the first time. “If they’re a contender, and I’m going to get an opportunity to go compete in the playoffs and for the championship, then definitely, absolutely, right away,” Telfair said. “But other than that, I’d rather stay with my guys that I’m with right now.... I ain’t counting myself (out) as a Phoenix Sun yet.” Arizona Republic

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It has been fun for Telfair to be on the other side of a targeting defense. He always sought steals and had a competitive nature but he realizes that channeling that into a shut-down mentality has kept him in the rotation. “I’m out there denying the ball from guys where they aren’t getting as many touches,” Telfair said. “I like to see that frustration. It makes a guy do something different than he does every night. They push me plenty. I just get in a guy, lean on them, put my weight on, put my hands on them, hold them. They don’t like that at all. They’ll let you know, ‘When I get it, I’m scoring,” so it feels good when I shut them down.” After being away from the NBA, Tucker relishes the role even after being a go-to scorer for overseas teams for years. “It’s a pleasure when you get a guy mad,” Tucker said. “When they’re fussing and there’s a little talking and you’re getting under their skin, you want to keep doing it just to completely take them out of their games. That’s a part of taking over games to win.” Arizona Republic

June 16, 2012 Updates

Police deliberately tried to sully Brooklyn’s Telfair brothers by spreading a bogus story that a member of their clan assaulted a football coach at Lincoln HS, the Telfair family claimed yesterday. Sebastian Telfair, 27, plays for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, and his brother Ethan, 17, is a Lincoln HS point guard who has a shot at NCAA stardom at the Division I level. But the family says the NYPD is trying to thwart their hoop dreams through a years-long string of false arrests and intimidation. “We’re really being attacked. That’s the truth of the matter,” claimed Sylvester Telfair, the 31-year-old older brother of the clan. New York Post

June 14, 2012 Updates

A Brooklyn teen collared for assaulting a Lincoln High School dean often bragged about being related to NBA hoops star Sebastian Telfair — but only shares a last name. Cavon Telfair, 18, allegedly attacked the Coney Island school’s head dean, Shawn O’Connor, about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, sources said. New York Daily News

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