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UPDATE: Lawrence Roberts balling in land of the Red Star

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 16, 2008

Since leaving Mississippi State in 2005, Lawrence Roberts played for the Memphis Grizzlies a couple years (with a brief stint in the NBDL), spent time in Greece last year (where he was signed, but didn’t actually suit up), and caught on with the Denver Nuggets this past summer in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

While the former SEC Player of the Year surely still has NBA hopes, he’s currently taking a tour of duty in the land of the red star…..Serbia my friends. In early September, Roberts signed a 1-year deal with Košarkaški Klub Crvena Zvezda, which translates to Basketball Club Red Star. Located in Belgrade, Red Star participates in the top Serbian basketball league (Sinalco Superleague), in the larger Adriatic League, and competes for the ULEB Eurocup.

To date, Red Star has played three games in the Adriatic League, which also features teams from Bosnia, Croatia, Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia. All three games have been wins, and the indication from eurobasket.com is that Roberts is among the starting five. However, he is only averaging 20.7 minutes per game (tied with three others for 5th on the team).

The reality, being a stranger in a strange land, is that Roberts will take a while to get his bearings. So while he is only averaging seven points (4-12 total FG, 33%) and 4.7 rebounds through three games, I expect his numbers to improve. However, I am curious that out of the 12 shots Roberts has attempted, eight of them have been three-pointers (he’s made only two). Is that what his game has become? Who knows.

Maybe Lawrence Roberts will receive some tips from Vlade Divac, the former NBAer was recently named an adviser in Serbia’s government. In any case, good luck to Roberts and his overseas basketball endeavors.

Former Mississippi State basketball player, Lawrence Roberts, is suiting up for Red Star Belgrade these days.

Former Mississippi State basketball player, Lawrence Roberts, is suiting up for Red Star Belgrade these days.

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