NBA Rumor: Keith Appling Case

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A high school All-American at Pershing. An All-Big Ten guard at Michigan State for Tom Izzo. An NBA player. Now incarcerated, facing murder charges after a series of arrests. Gone was Appling’s jersey, traded for an orange jumpsuit with a much longer number: Michigan Department of Corrections inmate No. 390955. A library his place of solace from the court instead of a locker room. The brief realization of reaching his dream of making the NBA replaced by a string of court dates ever since, with each arrest and accusation more severe than the last. “I think unfortunately, Keith is gonna be a story and an example that people use of what could go wrong and why it’s important to stay on the straight and narrow,” said Brandon Grier, Appling’s former agent and fellow Detroit native. “A life and such a talented kid that went down the wrong path.”

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Former NBA player Keith Appling named suspect in fatal shooting

Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling has been named a suspect in a fatal shooting that happened Saturday night on Detroit’s west side. According to the Detroit Police Department, Appling, 29, and a 66-year-old man had a verbal altercation that became physical in the 13200 block of Whitcomb, near Greenfield and Schoolcraft. Police say Appling fired multiple gunshots and then fled the scene in a newer model tan-colored Buick Regal.
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Kyrie Irving — who has a decision to make next month on whether to opt-in to the final year of his Brooklyn contract — sat down for the latest “I Am Athlete” episode. He lifted the lid on a host of topics, including saying the Cavaliers would’ve stayed together longer and won more if he’d been more mature. “If I was in the same maturity line and understanding of who I am, and I look back, we definitely, definitely would’ve won more championships, because there would’ve been a better man-to-man understanding about what I’m going through. I didn’t know how to share my emotions,” Irving said. “I didn’t know how to do that. So instead of sharing, I isolated myself.”
While Irving has a $36.5 million opt-in decision to make, he’s at a different place in his life than he was when he asked out of Cleveland at 24. In hindsight, he regrets not speaking to LeBron James beforehand. “We didn’t talk during that time,” Irving admitted. “When I look back on what I was going through at that time, I wish I did, because it would’ve been a good understanding of what the future will hold for both of us and we know how much power we both had together. Me and him in the league together running Cleveland, and then being able to put a better team together every single year would’ve definitely been worth it.”

Sean Marks on Ben Simmons: We saw how he wanted to get out there

“Frustrating from an organizational standpoint. but even more so from Ben’s,: said Marks. “I had a conversation with Ben. We all did. We saw how he wanted to get out there. To be honest, I’ve got to admire that. He tries to do 3-on-3, 5-on-5 and then you turn around and get an MRI, You see the disc herniation has gotten worse. and you think, well this guy is pushing through something that he shouldn’t be pushing through. Nobody wants to have surgery. It’s the last resort but it’s bygone now and we’ve got to move forward on this, we’ve got to support him and so forth.”
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Asked for lessons learned from the Simmons off-again, on-again saga. Marks used the opportunity to critique the critics. “It’s a little bit of a testament that 1) he tried to get back out there and tried to help his teammates and secondly, we have to be careful not judge people. And if you’re outside that medical profession, when you’re chiming in from afar. You just have to be a bit careful of what you’re saying because you really don’t know,” said Marks.