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Drew Gooden
Drew Gooden
Position: -
Born: 09/24/81
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Earnings: $75,015,681 ($89,248,188*)
Former Wizards Drew Gooden and Caron Butler are expected to share the TV analyst role alongside Kutcher, with Gooden calling a majority of the games. The analyst position became available when Kara Lawson, who served as Buckhantz’s broadcast partner for the past two seasons after she replaced Phil Chenier, was hired as an assistant coach by the Boston Celtics last month.
Storyline: Media Hirings

Storyline: Dan Fegan Death
We got Drew Gooden at LAX, who played with LeBron from ’04 – ’08 and asked him if there’s any way these two NBA titans can put the bad blood behind them and get back to losing to Golden State. According to Drew there is, and involves some fists, ’cause he told our guy the two men need to just kick the crap out of each other, get all the bad vibes out, and then start over.
Former NBA forward Drew Gooden was a guest on ESPN’s Highly Questionable on Wednesday, and when it came time for Papi to ask Gooden about his favorite LeBron story, the 14-year pro didn’t disappoint. He thought back to his time with the Cavaliers and remembered when a young LeBron told his teammates on a turbulent flight that he could survive a crash by jumping out the plane with pillows stuffed in his jacket.
Drew Gooden is walking aimlessly in the middle of an unknown college campus. There are students who appear to know where they are going, but they don’t stop to help him. He doesn’t know who his professors are or what classes he needs to attend. That recurring nightmare first haunted Gooden when he departed from the University of Kansas to the NBA in 2002. He believes the dream was subconsciously telling him to finish his college education. And ever since he received his diploma from Kansas, a bachelor’s degree in communication this past December, that nightmare has stopped.
“One thing I hate is to leave something unfinished,” the 35-year-old Gooden told The Undefeated. “I’ve been fortunate at every part of my life, even in my basketball career, that I’ve been able to walk away from stages of the game and stages of life feeling fulfilled. With the school, I never had closure. “When I got my degree, it was basically like a relief. I haven’t had that dream since I graduated. It was a relief because there was something missing in my life that was incomplete. It was getting the degree.”
Ward gave Gooden the word last December that he earned his degree. An appreciative Gooden bought Ward a fancy Breitling watch with the Kansas school colors. “I had to buy a graduation gift for my counselor who put up with me all these damn years to make sure I was on track to graduate,” Gooden said. “He had some heart failure. He had open-heart surgery. He’s already in a wheelchair. He’s paralyzed from the waist down. He’s been going through it. “But he’s a Jayhawk legend. That’s who has been with me for the last 13 years knocking this out. He didn’t have to do it. He did all the groundwork for me from afar even though he is an academic adviser for the kids currently enrolled there at KU.”
Twenty-one current and retired NBA players, as well as former WNBA All-Star Adrienne Goodson, interacted with 11 front office personnel during a one-of-a-kind speed dating exercise to pitch themselves for future positions. It was part of the NBPA’s fifth annual Leadership Development Program (LDP) for players interested in working one day in the NBA front office, which includes scouting, coaching, player development and general management. “I never knew what speed dating was until that,” NBA veteran Drew Gooden said. “It was an opportunity for GMs and guys who are in the front office to finally get in front of players they never had a conversation with, but they’ve seen play for years. So that was a great opportunity for both sides.”
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Drew Gooden III (calf) and Otto Porter Jr. (hip) took part in the session, giving Washington 13 available players for practice for the first time since November. Porter’s participation was limited, but it constitutes significant progress for the third-year forward and Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said his playing status would’ve been a game-time decision Saturday against the Jazz.
Storyline: Drew Gooden Injury
The return, however, was brief and Gooden might find himself back on the injury list. After totaling four fouls in four minutes, Gooden exited the contest near the end of the third quarter and didn’t return. After the game, he said he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on the calf Saturday. “I don’t think it’s back to square one,” Gooden said. “But I don’t know. We’ll know see what happens with the MRI tomorrow. But it’s nowhere near as bad as square one, though.”
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.”
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.”
Gooden will be spending time in Montgomery County this offseason regardless of his NBA future, but he said “hopefully it’s in Washington.” “I have a comfort level there like no other right now,” he said. “I can’t see myself wanting to go play with another team, to prove myself again for another coach in another organization, doing all those things again. I feel like what we did last year and the potential of what we could build on, I think that’s something I want to be a part of.”
Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden, who played for the Clippers in 2009-10, said he was moved to look up Sterling’s background and the discrimination lawsuits against him. “There’s documentation of him already being involved in these situations,” Gooden said. “Now, his views and cultural differences are just out there more in the open. “We know it’s out there. It’s no secret. It’s out in the open, and just rise above it. Minorities as a whole have all had their struggles. This is another test for minorities to rise above it and go on with our lives.”
As for the teams that didn’t sign him? Gooden won’t forget which ones they were any time soon. “I’ve got a vendetta right now against all the other teams that overlooked me,” he said. “I wanted to show them once I got an opportunity that I’ve got a passion and I love this game, and I wasn’t going to go and leave my career like it was left last season in Milwaukee. “So I fought, I stuck with it, did some soul searching and learned a lot about myself during that time, and it ended up working out for me.”
He only played 16 games last season because of injuries and the Bucks’ youth movement, and the eight months between his release and joining the Wizards was more than enough time to plump up and fall out of shape. But Gooden made sure he was good to go. “You could say it was 18 months of not really being in an NBA game,” Gooden said. “It was a good time off for my body to recover, but you do a lot of soul searching during that time off. You’re on your own schedule, so you have to work.”
He’s making up for lost time now, though, having since been signed through the rest of the season while reminding his new bosses and opponents alike that he’s not done just yet. With the Wizards (35-32) on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008, Gooden has averaged 19 points and eight rebounds in his past three games and 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in his 10 games played since coming aboard. “Since I got in the league, I’ve been involved in a lot of business decisions (as opposed to) basketball decisions, so this is one of the hardest ones, having to come in with my body of work and having to sign a 10-day deal,” said Gooden, who is still being paid on the five-year, $32 million deal he signed with the Bucks in 2010. “I would never have thought of myself having to do that. But that was the route I had to do, and so be it.”
After being ejected in Friday’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers, Drew Gooden is facing an automatic $2,000 fine from the NBA and possibly an additional penalty after the play is reviewed by the league office. Gooden, who could be seen complaining to officials about what he though were no-calls on previous plays, was getting agitated. Jodie Meeks had struck him in the face when he grabbed a rebound, Gooden lost the ball and it gave the Lakers an extra possession.
Drew Gooden wasn’t taunting, just flaunting, when he decided to celebrate his big shots with shoulder shrugs over the past two games. His post-bucket antics have attracted some attention – both positive and negative – but Gooden said Thursday at the Wizards’ morning shootaround at Moda Center that the shrugs are more about getting himself going than showing up anybody else. “That ain’t the MJ,” Gooden said, referencing Michael Jordan’s infamous shoulder shrug in the 1992 NBA Finals. “It’s kind of like, ‘What I got to do? What else I got to do?’ ”
That’s a combined 15 for 21, a shooting percentage of better than 71 percent. It’s the kind of thing that might make you shrug your shoulders in amused appreciation of yourself. Of course, if you keep shrugging your shoulders in amused appreciation of yourself, the opposition might notice. “Well, it kind of [annoyed me] when he did the little shrug after hitting the three,” DeMarcus Cousins said after helping Sacramento rally for the win Tuesday night, via News 10. “I mean, it was a good shot I guess, but it’s whatever.”
Fifteen regular season games will be left when Gooden gets a contract for the rest of the season, and he’ll be eligible for the postseason roster as well. If Nene (left knee) is able to recover fully and Kevin Seraphin (right knee) doesn’t have any more setbacks with swelling, that’ll give Washington even greater depth in the post. Gooden reiterated that he’s all-in. All president Ernie Grunfeld has to do is put the next contract on the table. And that will happen. “We’ll see. I believe in loyalty. The Wizards organization gave me this opportunity,” Gooden said. “Why not? Why not stay here the rest of the year?”
The Wizards (33-30) gave Gooden a nameplate last week, which hinted that he might not just be a short-term fix and could last well beyond the expiration of his second 10-day contract on March 18. According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards intend to retain Gooden for the rest of the season. “Big, big, big pro. Hands down, guy comes in every day, works hard. He’s engaged in everything we do,” Marcin Gortat said of Gooden. “That’s what you can expect from a 12-year veteran. He gives you everything he’s got. A very good player…and a very good guy in the locker room. He’s coming and giving us a tremendous job off the bench for us.”
But instead of seeking revenge during his return to Milwaukee nearly seven months after they severed ties, Gooden said he plans to focus on the fans, who often serenaded him with chants of “We want Drew” while he watched others play. “The people that had my back the most out there were my teammates and the fans. That’s who had my back and who had me going throughout that whole season,” Gooden said. That was a joy to see, that they really enjoyed me being there and they respected my work I put in there. That was the one thing that motivated me to come to work and still go hard in the morning.”
Gooden received a nameplate this week, which provided some added incentive. It also made Gooden more likely to commit to the Wizards if other teams come pursuing when his next deal expires on March 18. “You hear a lot about it’s no loyalty, but the Wizards…gave me this opportunity, why wouldn’t I stay here?” Gooden said. “It’s some point of loyalty for me to redeem myself, rejuvenate myself as a player. I don’t forget things like that and if it ever came down the line where it’s another team out there that wants me, I believe the Wizards would be my first choice.”
A source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Wizards’ “likely” will sign Gooden to a second 10-day contract on Saturday after his first one expires. Gooden has only been with the team for a week, which he jokingly said gives him a good excuse if makes a mistake because he can just blame it on learning the system. But after being a well-traveled player – the Wizards are the 10th team for which he has suited up – Gooden hasn’t had a really difficult time fitting in.
“We always joke about how many teams I’ve been on, so this is not anything new for me, about trying to transition as quick as I have to in a short amount of time. The good thing is, we’re in a winning situation and whatever it takes to help the team, I’m going to do it,” Gooden said. “I had a lot of time to reflect on my career and having that much time off really tests your professionalism. Having to wake up on your own schedule and having to work out.”
A list of players whose names were mentioned this week as availables, with more surely to come, alongside the long-available Andrea Bargnani in Toronto: Cleveland’s Omri Casspi, Houston’s Cole Aldrich, Milwaukee’s Samuel Dalembert, Drew Gooden and Beno Udrih and San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair.
It started on Sunday, when Gooden tweeted out “Just made it to Chicago. Bulls tomorrow payback’s a b—-.’’ Noah then fired back: “Quit clownin and eat your food goodybagz.’’ Then it was Gooden’s turn, as he tweeted to Noah, “Heard you eating @PGChangs tonight. Don’t get the chopsticks tangled in your wig.’’All the makings for a serious showdown tonight, when the Bucks and Bulls meet for a second time in three days, right? Wrong.
If Drew Gooden is upset about being on the inactive list, he’s doing a whale of a job hiding it. The veteran power forward has said nary a negative word about his demotion. What’s more, he’s been constantly encouraging his teammates in practices and games. Sunday afternoon, after all his teammates and coaches had left the premises, Gooden spent nearly a half hour mentoring young big man Larry Sanders. “I’m not a selfish person and I’m not a selfish teammate,” Gooden said. “I’ll do whatever I can to help the team. Right now, I’m trying to help the team vocally in any way I can.”
After two straight injury-plagued seasons, Drew Gooden is confident that his health is strong and is the best it has been in his time with the Bucks. He’s been listed inactive over the past two games, but for now, he hasn’t broached the topic with coaches and doesn’t plan on doing so. “I’m doing great,” Gooden told RealGM on Saturday night. “I feel this is the healthiest I’ve been in quite some time.”
A source close to the Bucks said they are doubtful that now is the time to get maximum value for the injured Bogut, meaning any and all suitors will have to make a strong push to do a deal. Bogut is owed a combined $27 million for the next two seasons, and — as was reported by ESPN.com — Milwaukee is indeed looking to unload the contracts of either Stephen Jackson (one season remaining at $10.1 million) or Drew Gooden (three seasons remaining for a combined $20.1 million) in any Bogut trade. For all the justified talk of Bogut’s career being forever affected by his many ailments, the Bucks appear ready to move past this disappointing chapter either now or perhaps this summer.