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Kelenna Azubuike
Kelenna Azubuike
Position: -
Born: 12/16/83
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Earnings: $11,313,793 ($13,412,124*)
Nelson’s time coaching the Mavericks also served to help. Having helped engineer the draft day trade that delivered Nowitzki to Dallas in 1999, Nelson’s stint during Nowitzki’s formative years gave him great insight into how to frustrate the league’s MVP. “It helped a ton,” says Azubuike, who was plucked out of the D-League when Richardson went down in January. “He knew Dirk’s every move pretty much, and we made him turn the ball over a ton because of that. He’d get the ball around the free-throw line, and coach would say, ‘OK, he’s about to spin,’ and he’d have us practice sending one guy over there when he turned and we’d be able to get that steal. It wasn’t just that play; there were a bunch like that. It helped us tremendously.”
Last week, Stephen Jackson made a bold declaration. “My Warriors team would beat today’s Warriors team,” Jackson said. “I guarantee that. I guarantee that.” What does Kelenna Azubuike think about that? “I totally disagree. I love Stack Jack. He has a lot of pride. He loves that ‘We Believe’ team. But this team is just better,” Azubuike said on KNBR 1050 on Tuesday. “They have more closers, they close better, they’re better in crunch time. Yeah, we beat No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks, but that next Utah series, we couldn’t make free throws when they counted, we just couldn’t close them out. We lost some games we should have won.”
The NBA D-League Showcase will have a familiar face court side this week in Santa Cruz, as former Golden State Warriors call-up Kelenna Azubuike will be on the call for NBA TV. This season, Azubuike has been alongside former Golden State head coach and General Manager Garry St. Jean on the pre, and post game show on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area covering the Golden State Warriors. Now, he’ll get his opportunity to provide color commentary at the D-League’s premier event.
A former member of the Fort Worth Flyers, Azubuike earned his call-up to Golden State during his second season in the D-League. Now, returning to his roots, Azubuike’s career has come full circle. “It’s great man. I played in the D-League, went to the NBA from there and was blessed to be able to find my way into broadcasting,” Azubuike said. “I went to the Sportscaster U. program put on by the NBPA and that really helped me as far as some of the little details of broacasting techniques and things like that.”
Millsap: “There was not really a special eye-opening moment when I made it to the Utah Jazz. I just felt I had been waiting for that moment for a long time and that I deserved it. I was like, ‘I’m here now, let’s do something special with this opportunity.’” Langford: “When making a decision about the D-League, you have to take into consideration how old you are vs. what your goal is. Anybody that’s younger than 25 and his goal is legitimately to be an NBA player should stay in the States and give it a try. Guys who are over 25 and with a goal of making money playing at a high level of competition, they should take the offers that are available to them (overseas). It all depends on where you fit.
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