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DeShawn Stevenson
DeShawn Stevenson
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Born: 04/03/81
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Earnings: $27,897,988 ($34,854,821*)
Stevenson, 38, played for the Jazz from 2000-04 after coming straight out of high school to the NBA. As a 19-year-old kid being surrounded by such a veteran franchise, Sloan never took it easy on him, but he still credits that tough love for helping his career span for 13 years — capped by an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. “It was tough. He was hard on me, but I feel like that’s what made me who I am with 13 years and an NBA champion,” Stevenson now admits. “If it wasn’t for him, I feel like I wouldn’t have played those 13 years. “He really put his foot in my butt most of the time, but I feel like it was out of love,” he continued. “Now, with me being older, I feel like a lot of people don’t understand. I know a lot of people bumped heads with him, but Jerry Sloan is an awesome guy.”
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DeShawn Stevenson wishes Mark Cuban hadn’t broken up the 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks that won the championship: “I feel like if Mark Cuban would’ve kept that team together, we would’ve won another [championship] the next year. I swear to you, we would’ve won it. I really believe it. We would’ve ended up playing the Miami Heat again and they would’ve been scared because they already knew that we had their number. I was very frustrated because we had just won the championship! We had a _team_ – we had it all. That year was the lockout so with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and all of that stuff, I think that kind of had [an effect] on what was going on. It sucks, but that’s the way I feel. I honestly feel like we would’ve won back-to-back. Nobody could’ve told us [differently]. The way we were clicking, the way we shared the ball… it makes sense!”

DeShawn Stevenson on his beef with LeBron James, which escalated to the point that Jay-Z dropped a diss track against Stevenson: “I was pissed off that they took the CD [with the diss track] to the biggest club in DC and they played it seven straight times. In a club in DC! That’s where I looked at it as, this is now going from basketball to street [beef]. Sooo what are we going to do? Where is this going? Is this stupid? Somebody could get hurt. I can call my [people]. What are we doing with this? Now it’s not about basketball and making this fun for everyone to watch. Now we’re, like, set trippin’ and gang banging. What are we doing? That’s where I live. You’re trying to embarrass me in my hometown? Then, I’m looking at the people who are in the club in DC like, ‘Aren’t you all supposed to [have my back]?’ We live in DC. Why are we going to disrespect someone who’s repping our city?”
DeShawn Stevenson: “They should let people come out [of high school]. Because of injuries, basketball is not promised. You look at a guy like Zion [Williamson] tearing his sneaker, he could’ve torn up his knee and then he can never jump the same again. I feel like you [need to give prospects] an opportunity to make that money, an opportunity to take care of their family. Isn’t that the goal? It just don’t make sense; if you have it, you have it! You can’t hold those people back… Also, when you get to an NBA team, they shelter you _so_ much. I know that’s how it was when I got there. They have so many people who are around you all day [to help you]. It just makes sense for a high school kid to come out [and go straight to the NBA]. When you go to college, you could get hurt and then all of that money is off the table.”