Rodney McGruder Rumors

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Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder
Position: G
Born: 07/29/91
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Salary: $1,312,611
The 2017-18 NBA season largely was an empty experience for Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder, thanks to a long injury absence. But his Memorial Day weekend was one filled with meaning. Returning home, the Maryland native was among several NBA players and coaches who participated in the Good Grief Camp in Washington, an event for children who lost loved ones who served in the military.
“It was tough, it really was tough, it really was, just seeing what the kids are going through,” McGruder, 26, said of the days that were both heartening and heartbreaking. “It was just the questions they asked me about basketball, but it really doesn’t relate. Because what’ve they’ve gone through is something more than I’ve yet to experience in my life. It was tough to hear some of these questions and ask how I feel about certain things and how I’ve tried to overcome certain things. So I tried to be enlightening to the kids, but it’s tough because of what they’re going through. Their strength, as young kids, to keep pushing on in life, it was inspiring to hear.”
In addition to helping lead a Jr. NBA clinic alongside New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack, McGruder worked at the event with Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, Sacramento Kings assistant coach Bryan Gates, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is an adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The event was organized by TAPS.org — or Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. “I didn’t feel like I was a hero,” McGruder said of being cast as a featured participant. “The kids were heroes and the war veterans that I was honored to meet. Just to be at an event like that, it was breathtaking and I was so impressed to be invited.”
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have recalled Rodney McGruder from their NBA G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. McGruder appeared in two games on his recent stint with the Skyforce, both wins, averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 22.5 minutes while shooting 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from the field. He recorded 16 points, five rebounds, a steal and an assist in a, 123-113, win at the South Bay Lakers on February 24 and then totaled 11 points, five rebounds and an assist in a, 117-112, victory against the Agua Caliente Clippers on February 26.