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Joe Alexander
Joe Alexander
Position: -
Born: 12/26/86
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Earnings: $5,076,945 ($6,025,874*)
Regardless of his success overseas, Alexander isn’t holding out hope for a return to the states. “I don’t think that a 33-year-old in my position can come back and play in the NBA,” Alexander said. “I mean, I know my game is better suited for American-style basketball, but it’s just not realistic to think that I can make the leap. It’s just not realistic at this point.”
According to his agent David Pick, on Aug. 13, Alexander signed the most-lucrative free-agent contract in Israel outside of Maccabi Tel Aviv with Ironi Nahariya, making him the second-highest-paid naturalized Israeli player in the entire Israeli Basketball League. “It’s obvious that they have a lot invested in me; that’s the part that’s good for me. I don’t like to go places where I feel undervalued, to begin with,” Alexander told BasketballNews.com in a phone interview. “That was a mistake I made early in my career, thinking you could go places that don’t really want you and work your way through the lineup throughout the course of 10 months, 12 months. I prefer to go to places where they demonstrate upfront that they’re serious about me.”
“People didn’t realize that about me, and I don’t think anybody understood where I came from as a basketball player,” Alexander said. “I grew up in China; I didn’t play organized five-on-five until I was, like, 16 years old. I didn’t know what a pick-and-roll was until I was a sophomore in college. The only reason that I was ever on a team, on a court, in an NBA workout was ’cause I was the best one-on-one player in the world. So when pre-draft workouts came and they put us in one-on-one settings, nobody could believe what they were seeing. In fact, if I would’ve been allowed to work out with the other lottery picks — ’cause they’d sit out at the workouts — I would’ve gone No. 1 (in the draft). Everybody that I worked out with, I ended up getting drafted higher than them.