HoopsHype Zabian Dowdell rumors

December 3, 2013 Updates

Lietuvos Rytas announced the signing of Zabian Dowdell. The American player comes from Enisey Krasnoyarsk of Russia where he has been last season averaging 13.4ppg in VTB League and 10.5ppg in PBL. Sportando

January 17, 2012 Updates
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Turkish team Anadolu Efes Istanbul signed for the season Zabian Dowdell. The American player was recently waived by Phoenix Suns. Dowdell has played 24 games in the NBA last season with Suns averaging 5ppg and 2.1apg. Sportando

December 30, 2011 Updates

Olympiacos is looking to add some force in the perimeter and the name on the top of the list is Zabian Dowdell. According to sentragoal.gr the club's management along with Head Coach Dusan Ivkovic are examining a few players in order to reinforce the perimeter. It was long rumored that this player would be Marko Jaric, but his bad relations with Ivkovic led to his rejection. TalkBasket

December 13, 2011 Updates

The Suns waived point guard Zabian Dowdell this morning for another blow to his hard-luck career. Dowdell has not been able to participate in Suns training camp due to ongoing pain under his right kneecap and his return was not imminent. With the preseason opener a week away and the season opener in 13 days, the Suns decided to waive Dowdell, 27, so that they can begin preparing a different point guard to back up Steve Nash with Sebastian Telfair. Arizona Republic

April 20, 2011 Updates

The NBA fined 24-year referee Ken Mauer and Suns guard Zabian Dowdell undisclosed amounts for an exchange they had that led to Dowdell's ejection in a March 30 game. Dowdell entered the game with 3:02 remaining and the Suns trailing by 20. Two minutes later, the exchange occurred after a Dowdell turnover. The rookie reported to the league that Mauer used a derogatory name, which prompted a Dowdell response that could have been considered a threat. "While we do not believe Mauer used the language that was reported, his actions were still deemed to be inappropriate," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. Arizona Republic

March 31, 2011 Updates

With the game long having been decided and the Thunder leading by 20 points with 1:05 remaining, seldom-used Zabian Dowdell received two quick technicals for comments he made to the officials and was ejected, and Aaron Brooks immediately followed suit. It’s as unusual an ending to a game as you’ll ever see: two players getting tossed in a 20-point blowout with just over a minute to go. So what happened? NBCSports.com

Suns’ players were reluctant to speak to the specific events afterward, but word around the locker room was that one of the referees said something that crossed the line, which caused the overreaction from the players and the ensuing ejections. The exact comment was reportedly referee Ken Mauer telling Dowdell to “stop being a little b****” after a call, to which Dowdell responded by asking Mauer if he would call him that off the court. That’s when Dowdell was tossed. NBCSports.com

As for Brooks, there’s video that appears to show him grabbing himself below the waist before the referees threw him out of the game, as well. If Mauer said what many reported he said, then the league has a real issue on its hands. Referees unquestionably have an extremely difficult job out there, but under no circumstances can they be allowed to respond to players’ complaints with derogatory comments like this. The league should investigate, and make its findings public. NBCSports.com

February 6, 2011 Updates

The Suns signed guard Zabian Dowdell on Sunday for the remainder of the season. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound Dowdell has appeared in five games with the Suns this season over the course of two 10-day contracts, recording averages of 3.2 points, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 10.0 minutes per game. Dowdell also spent training camp with the Suns in 2010 before being waived on Oct. 19. Fox Sports Arizona

January 31, 2011 Updates

A 10-day does not have time to celebrate. Dowdell was the first player to the arena for shootaround on Day 1, and a security guard assumed he was with the Cavaliers, that night's opponent. Instead of a nameplate over his locker he had a strip of athletic tape with DOWDELL scrawled in black marker. He picked number 22, in part to honor former college teammate Jamon Gordon, still in Greece. The Suns were on a three-game losing streak, but they hardly considered Dowdell the answer to their problems. Coach Alvin Gentry announced he was shortening his rotation and speculated that Dowdell might sit on the bench for the entire 10 days. He was signed primarily because the Suns wanted a third point guard so Nash would not wear himself out during practice. "There's a lot of pressure because he doesn't want to go back to those eight-hour bus rides out of Tulsa," Gentry said. SI.com

As Gentry spoke, the Suns' practice court was empty except for Dowdell, running through plays and using folding chairs as screeners. "He's working on where he'll get his shots," Gentry said, acknowledging those shots may never come. Back in his room at the Sheraton that afternoon, while watching football on TV, Dowdell pondered the challenge facing all 10-days: how to make an impression without an opportunity. "I have to be the first one there every day and the last one to leave," Dowdell said. "I have to bring energy and a smiling face." Comportment matters. The Suns once released a 10-day partly because, as Gentry put it, "He wasn't a nice guy." SI.com

"I'm in a tough spot," Dowdell said from his Cleveland hotel room. "I really don't want to be bouncing around like this forever. It gets to a point where you don't know how much you can take." He had options. Other NBA teams were interested. A European team recently offered $70,000 a month. Dowdell could even put more time into the Internet company he cofounded, sportsagent411.com, which allows companies to contact athletes through their agents. SI.com

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September 15, 2010 Updates

Point guard Zabian Dowdell has nothing more than an opportunity to make the Suns roster, but that feels like a major breakthrough, considering his journey. Dowdell turned 26 on Friday but did not get his birthday wish until Monday when the Suns invited him to training camp. He left Virginia Tech in 2007, but this will be his first NBA camp, a step that is appreciated after he was bound for Suns camp last year until a groin strain sidelined him three months. Arizona Republic

September 1, 2010 Updates

Paul Coro: Channing Frye joined Suns voluntary workouts (9 of 14 contract players are in PHX). Zabian Dowdell is in town hoping for a camp invite. Twitter

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