HoopsHype Chris Douglas-Roberts rumors

December 12, 2013 Updates

Douglas-Roberts was fine with that because he wanted one more chance, the one the Bobcats offered Tuesday. “Nothing bothers me,” Douglas-Roberts said. “I’m just here to play basketball.” That’s the message he delivered Tuesday night to Kidd-Gilchrist, the protégé he calls “little cousin.” “I told him you have to embrace all the pressure (of being the No. 2 overall pick). Never shy away from it,” Douglas-Roberts said. “You want people criticizing you. You want the media talking about you, positively or negatively.” Charlotte Observer

December 11, 2013 Updates

“It’s the NBA, he knows it. When he’s in there, we’ll be careful what we run, but he needs to be ready by Friday (against the Indiana Pacers). That’s a big part of why he’s here. I was around him for a month (as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers). He picks things up quickly. I trust him as a competitor. I told him, ‘The reason you’re here is because you may be needed, so we need you ready’,” Steve Clifford said. Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed free agent guard/forward Chris Douglas-Roberts and waived forward James Southerland. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Douglas-Roberts, who was playing with the NBA D-League Texas Legends, becomes the fifth D-League Gatorade Call-Up of the 2013-14 season. NBA.com

December 10, 2013 Updates
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It’s unclear how long Ledo will be with the Legends. The Mavericks’ roster is log-jammed at the shooting guard and small forward positions, and because Ledo is such a young, raw talent, playing time of any kind is the most important thing for his development. One of those players is Douglas-Roberts, who said he’ll try to help Ledo’s development. “I don’t know how long he’s gonna be down here, but I definitely plan on staying in his ear a little bit, kind of showing him the ropes,” he said. NBA.com

November 29, 2013 Updates

“Being a professional, there’s always going to be something, no matter what profession you’re in,” he said. “There’s always going to be other things going on, a possible controversy in the work place. That’s just a part of it. You have to just focus on you – get better every day, being positive every day.” As one of the more accomplished players in the D-League, it seems likely that Douglas-Roberts will get another call to play in the NBA. If he continues to approach a 50/40/90 line, that call might come sooner than later. Douglas-Roberts just wants that chance. Many players in recent years have stood out in the D-League before making an impact on an NBA roster. James Anderson, for example, played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season and is now starting for the Philadelphia 76ers. NBA.com

There seems to be no consensus among writers when it comes to characterizing Douglas-Roberts’ game. He’s a scorer, he’s a jack-of-all-trades guy, he’s good at many things but not great at enough, he’s inefficient. When he played in Las Vegas with the Lakers’ summer league squad, Douglas-Roberts said he heard the criticism, and tried to demonstrate what else he can do besides score. He averaged 8.6 points and a shade under 2 assists per game. “Everybody was expecting me to go and average 25,” he said. “I go back to being positive and remaining focused … I went down there and I was hearing all this stuff like ‘he’s just a scorer, he’s not scoring.’” NBA.com

October 27, 2013 Updates

Chris Douglas-Roberts: A lot of ppl wondered why Bean spoke so highly of me last yr. First day of camp Mike Brown tried to throw me in the fire right away. Made me & Bean 1 on 1 partners for the whole first practice. What Mike Brown didn't know is that's what I was waiting for. That whole day we went head up. At one point it damn near came to blows bc Bean will do anything for an edge. So he was elbowing me on the low for separation & I couldn't let that go as a competitor. As a man. The refs were too scared to call the foul bc he was intimidating them all practice. But at then end it was all love. The respect is mutual. Gave me some pointers that are priceless. It's a misconception on Bean. Ppl think he's a sucker...hard to play with. It's just that he expects the most of his teammates bc he works so hard. Easily realist hooper I've met. He never lies and I respect that. #ClosestThingtoJordan #HeNeverSleepsEither #ImOutSeguir Instagram

October 25, 2013 Updates
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“Everything is different now,” said Douglas-Roberts, 26, who once starred alongside Derrick Rose at the University of Memphis before the Nets made him the 40th selection in the 2008 draft, which turned out to be the first of several hard lessons. Douglas-Roberts considered himself a first-round pick. “When I first came out, I just expected everything to happen,” he said. “I expected to be in the N.B.A. I was upset when I got picked late. I didn’t know how much of a blessing it was just to be in the N.B.A. So the last couple of years have made me appreciate the little things.” New York Times

His career was so unsettled that he spent part of last season with the Texas Legends of the D-League. In his debut with the team, he finished with 49 points and 8 assists. In 11 games, he averaged 22.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting, according to the Legends. He said he was channeling a lot of rage. “Let’s be honest, man: I didn’t want to be there,” he said. “I just wanted to destroy the competition, you know? I wanted to prove to everybody that I was the best player in the D- League.” A subsequent six-game cameo with the Dallas Mavericks ended with his release. “And then I didn’t get another call,” he said. “I had to do some soul searching and kind of find out what’s going on.” New York Times

In recent weeks, Douglas-Roberts has worked out at a high school near his home in Frisco, Tex. He spent time with his fiancée and their two young children. Wanting more independence, he fired his agent. He changed his phone number to limit distractions. It was a bit of a miracle that the Knicks even knew how to reach him. “I’ve honestly been kind of embarrassed,” he said. “I don’t really want to resurface until I feel that I’m in the right position.” New York Times

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Now, the 26-year-old is back with the Lakers, playing with their NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas. He’ll likely attend training camp with L.A. and have another shot at making their regular season roster. “I think they’re interested,” Douglas-Roberts said of the Lakers. “They were interested last year, but things happen. It was a numbers game, which I fully understand. But I definitely think this is good a fit and it’s why I’m back this summer. “I’ve gotten great feedback. We had a great week of work and practice. We were doing two-a-days for four days straight. I feel like I practiced well, making guys better and getting guys involved. So far, I haven’t gotten anything but positive feedback.” HoopsWorld

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