HoopsHype Drew Gooden rumors


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Scoop: "That's so you. I've given you the nickname because I've heard you say it so many times: 'I'm Going To Find Something.' The same way we are calling Tony Allen 'First-Team All-Defense,' we're going to call you 'I'm Going To Find Something' because that's what you do! You are always going to find something, some way to make it happen to stay in the game." Gooden: "If it's a crack, I'm going to find it. If it's a leak, I'm going to find it. If there's daylight, I'm going to find it! But it's funny, Scoop, because I came in the league and got drafted as a small forward and started my first two months in the league as a small forward. Back then I was called a 'tweener.' It wasn't called a stretch 4 -- it was a tweener. I wasn't big enough to play in the post and rebound, yet I wasn't fast enough to guard smaller players [and didn't] have the skills to shoot and be a perimeter player from the outside. So I had committed myself to telling myself, 'Hey, I'm a power forward. I'm going to rebound. I'm going to do the dirty work, rough-nose defense, and if this is how I'm going to play 10-plus years in the NBA, so be it.' I had to take that route. I came in small, as a guy spacing the floor, shooting 3s, coming off pick-and-rolls. I had to develop into a traditional forward when I came in just so I could play 10 years in this league." ESPN.com

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A sense of disappointment permeated through the visitors’ locker room at Philips Arena late Tuesday night. The Washington Wizards had just played the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks, a team that won 60 games during the regular season, tight until faltering down the stretch without their best player, John Wall. There was plenty to be heartened about even if they lost 106-90 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Philips Arena. But there was no satisfaction. “I’m not encouraged at all,” forward Drew Gooden III declared. “I felt like we gave ourselves a chance to win the game. We should’ve won the game.” Washington Post

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Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden has played for 10 teams over his 13-year career. When approached by SheridanHoops for the story, he replied, “You came to the right person.” Gooden, who’s been traded a whopping six times, explained his maturation process in digesting all the rumors as his career progressed. “When I was younger, it affected me because I was a key part of certain teams and one of the top players on those teams,” Gooden told SheridanHoops. “And when I was younger, I didn’t know how to handle that. Once I went through the process a couple of times and getting traded a few times, it didn’t affect me anymore as much as the first time I got traded.” SheridanHoops

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The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time 10-team club to an even dozen. Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by resigning him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams: 12 teams: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. 11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie. 10 teams: Lou Amundson, Earl Boykins, Mark Bryant, Drew Gooden, Damon Jones and Aaron Williams. ESPN.com

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Drew Gooden will not be able to represent Finland in the upcoming FIBA World Cup because his application for dual citizenship will not be cleared in time for the tournament, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The Wizards big man, whose mother is Finnish, was not on the 12-man roster Finland submitted Wednesday for the competition, according to reports out of Finland. The tournament will begin Aug. 30 in Spain. Finland’s first game will be against the United States. Washington Post

In a recent phone interview, Gooden explained that he grew up with his father, Andrew, in Oakland, Calif., but made summer-long trips to Finland every two years to spend time with his mother’s family. He roamed his grandparents’ farm — situated about four hours north of the Finnish capital of Helsinki — milking cows, hunting, fishing, and tending to chicken coops. The biennial visits left an impression on Gooden, who identifies as Finnish. “Half of my family is still over there and I communicate with them all the time,” said Gooden, whose father met Lear while playing professional basketball in Finland. “So it’s like I have time spent there. It’s not like I’m doing this because I just happen to be half-Finnish. No, I really actually have ties to Finland and the culture.” Washington Post

But the situation was complicated because Gooden played for Team USA in a tournament in Brazil in 2000 while attending Kansas and he had never applied for dual citizenship before. He waited until this spring to begin the paperwork process — he recalled starting on it during the Wizards’ first-round playoff series victory over the Bulls — because he held out hope of representing the United States again. Washington Post

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Drew Gooden was born in Oakland, went to college in Kansas, and has made a living playing for 10 NBA franchises across the United States. Now the Wizards forward plans on extending his footprint overseas at the end of the month when he suits up for Finland in the FIBA World Cup, according to a person with knowledge of Gooden’s intentions. Gooden, 32, is eligible to play for Finland because his mother is Finnish. Washington Post

July 18, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has re-signed forward Drew Gooden. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. "The addition of Drew was a big part of our success late last season and we are excited to have him back with us," said Grunfeld. "His skills will help to solidify our front court rotation and his experience will help us continue to grow as a team." NBA.com

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