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Greivis Vasquez
Greivis Vasquez
Position: -
Born: 01/16/87
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:211 lbs. / 95.7 kg.
Earnings: $22,838,814 ($26,255,136*)
Vasquez enjoyed a successful NBA career, the high point coming when he averaged 13.9 points and nine assists for New Orleans in 2012-2013. But a major ankle injury suffered during the 2015-2016 season has sidelined him since. He hasn’t given up hope on playing again. “You know, I’m not healthy-healthy yet, but I’m getting there,” he said. “I want to play again. Even if it’s not in the NBA, I want to play again.”
Storyline: Greivis Vasquez Free Agency
Vasquez believes the NBA should be the first major American sports league to return from the coronavirus-prompted shutdown. “We’re missing the game of basketball. I want to see LeBron. I want to see the best players out there. Even if I’m able to watch it on TV. It’s not gonna be the same. You’re gonna have to figure out ways to motivate yourself and perform [without fans]. But imagine winning a championship. I heard Shaq was saying, ‘Everyone pack it up and go home, we’ll see you guys next year,'” he said. “Whatever it is, it’s gonna be a tough decision for the NBA. But at the end of the day, I’m telling you, whatever league comes out and starts playing right now, everyone at home is gonna watch because there’s nothing else to do. So we’re missing basketball. Let’s be the first league to get back to work.”
Vasquez was asked about his former high school teammate, Kevin Durant, and his propensity for replying to trolls on Twitter and arguing with his detractors. “He was always emotional. He’s a human being. Sometimes he’ll react about things on Twitter just because people go at him. I mean, it’s still his life. There’s one thing you can’t knock on KD: his work ethic. He got everything he got, his millions, his success in the NBA, his championship, because he earned it. He earned it. And when you earn it, you got the right to do more things that people who don’t earn what they dream about,” he said.
Vásquez played on the injured ankle for some time before the 2015 surgery despite ample discomfort. The bone structure remains unstable. Forget playing basketball. Vásquez, 32, says he cannot walk, jog or run correctly. “It’s pretty bad,” Vásquez said. “I’m not out of the league because of my talent. I’m out of the league because of an injury. It’s pretty depressing, but it’s something I have to face. It’s something I have to take.”
Storyline: Greivis Vasquez Injury