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Desmond Bane
Desmond Bane
Position: G
Born: 06/25/98
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $2,033,160
Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane never got to experience it himself. For him, the idea of meeting an NBA player was wishful thinking. “That was my dream,” said Bane, who averaged 9.2 points per game as a rookie last season. “I always wanted to meet one. You would see those things and it was almost like a fairy tale to me. You see those guys who make it to the NBA and give back to the community – the guys who are always around – and that was something I knew happened, but I never got to experience. So now I’m trying to make sure that the people here and the people back in Indiana get to experience those things.”
Bane is part of a back-to-school drive in Memphis that will provide backpacks and school supplies for 200 students in the area. He plans to do the same for his hometown of Richmond, Indiana. “This was an opportunity I wish I had as a kid,” Bane said prior to the drive. “Me and some of my friends, when we were growing up, we didn’t always have it the greatest. So just to be able to be in this position that myself and some of my teammates are in, to be able to give back and put smiles on kids’ faces and get them excited – to give them a chance to be around successful people and see that it’s possible – that’s huge.”
He has felt the city’s embrace from the start. “No question,” Bane said. “It started as soon as I touched down after the draft. It started with Coach (Taylor) Jenkins and the Grizzlies organization, of course. But as soon as I got to the hotel, people started bringing me gear and welcoming me with open arms. I’m thrilled to be a part of this team and be a part of Memphis.”
“Bron! For sure! Bron! I mean the first time that we played the Lakers. We played the Lakers about, I would say, five games, six games into the season, so it was still early on, I’m getting a feel for things. And we had played I think maybe one playoff team—one or two playoff teams—and, you know, they were coming off a championship and being hungry for another one. I think that that was my real “Welcome to the NBA” moment. There was stretches when I guarding LeBron and I was like man, “this dude is so damn big.”