“I really liked his game,” Gentry says. “He was very tough, very athletic. He could guard different positions, and he was extremely hungry. When someone has that level of talent, but he doesn’t see failing in the NBA as an option, you have something unique.” Dejean-Jones averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds before his season ended with a fractured right wrist. Yet he was, at long last, an NBA player. “I think he really grew with us,” Gentry says. “The difficult phase had passed, and he attained his goal. I think he realized he needed to change his ways to stay in the league. He was smart enough to do that.”
People familiar with Bryce and Chrystal’s difficult relationship insist they discouraged the trip. Shabazz Muhammad, the Minnesota Timberwolves forward who trained under Jamerson with Dejean-Jones in the offseason, says he urged his friend to skip Dallas and take a trek with him to Las Vegas. “He worked so hard, I wanted him to come along, have fun, relax,” Muhammad recalls. “But he wasn’t changing his plans.” Jamerson, meanwhile, hated the idea of Dejean-Jones going to Dallas. “He’d never been there; he didn’t know the city,” Jamerson says. “I was worried, and I told him I’d fly his girlfriend and daughter out to California for him. He didn’t want that, but I should have insisted. I really should have. It’s my greatest regret.”
No charges were filed against the teacher. Under Texas law, a person is allowed to use deadly force to defend themselves in their home. It also says a person using force cannot provoke an attacker or be involved in criminal activity at the time. The teacher agreed to talk about the shooting publicly for the first time to B/R Mag because, he says, too much misinformation has been making the rounds on social media. There were rumors that Dejean-Jones was robbing the apartment; rumors that the teacher fired for no reason. “I believe the family deserves to at least know what really happened,” he says. “They deserve an opportunity to hear the story.”
The Indiana Pacers’ family expresses great sorrow with the news of the passing of former coach George Irvine. George served as the Pacers’ head coach from 1984-86, was an interim head coach in 1988 and also an assistant coach from 1980-83, in 1991-92 and 1993-95. When not coaching, George assisted General Manager/President Donnie Walsh in the front office.
Brody Stephens, the 8-year-old boy who inspired that accessory, died over the weekend of a viral complication after a years-long fight with leukemia. After Warriors practice Monday, Curry said he will play the rest of the playoffs in Brody’s memory. “I’m glad I got to meet him, spend some time with him and hopefully bring a little bit of joy to him and his family the past few months,” Curry said. “We’re going to try to find a way to dedicate these playoffs to Brody and his family. We know how much the Warriors meant to them.”
Kenny Sears, a two-time All-Star for the Knicks who was the first basketball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, in 1954, died on April 23 at his home in Watsonville, Calif. He was 83. His wife, Eunice Sears, confirmed his death. Sears, a reedy, 6-foot-9 sharpshooting forward, was picked for the cover of Sports Illustrated, then a new magazine, before he began his six full seasons with the Knicks. He was chosen because of his standout play at Santa Clara University, where he was twice named West Coast Conference player of the year.