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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On January 18, 2016, Grier made a deal. The Magic and coach Scott Skiles, another former MSU star, called and wanted to sign Appling to a 10-day contract. Grief called and gave his client the news. Appling’s response? “He actually told us he was firing us as we gave him that great news,” Grier recalled.
A former Michigan State University basketball star was ordered to remain in jail Thursday during his first court appearance on murder and other charges in Detroit. Defense attorney Andrew Abood asked for a bond, saying Keith Appling had always appeared in court in previous cases. But a magistrate denied bond, noting the first-degree murder charge.
Judges in two different counties had issued bench warrants for former MSU basketball star Keith Appling for alleged probation violations before he was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a relative.
A warrant was issued for Appling in February in the Macomb County case after he was allegedly found with heroin during a traffic stop in Warren. Due to that incident, Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon ordered Appling to court for a show-cause hearing in March. Show cause hearings carry the possibility of a return to jail or a prison sentence.
Keith Appling was arrested today by Michigan State Police in Chelsea in connection to a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday night on Detroit’s west side. The former Michigan State University basketball star was named a suspect in the shooting that left a 66-year-old man dead Saturday. Police say Appling fired multiple gunshots, then fled the scene in a Buick Regal, and a search ensued for Appling on Sunday.
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.”
Kyrie Irving: “I just started pouring myself more into the game — I had one of my better seasons but I wasn’t connecting with everybody as much during the championship year. So 2017, it was a different year for us. We went against Golden State, we went against a great team. When you’re not a great team and not clicking on all cylinders and together, you’re easily defeated. You’re defeated before you can get to the arena.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
Marks spoke as well about he and Steve Nash have had “honest conversations” both about last season and the upcoming one. He reiterated the need for “high character players” and said he “could see no reason why” both Joe Harris and Seth Curry won’t be back healthy and ready for camp. “The ultimate goal hasn’t changed, that’s to be the last team standing.”