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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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Evidently The Dallas Mavs Aren’t Charles Rhodes’ Cup of Tea

Posted by Kyle Weidie on July 7, 2008

I’m not sure if I’m wrong or not, but I’ll admit to…..something.

A week ago, I wrote that the Dallas Mavericks may be Charles Rhodes’ best shot at landing in the NBA. Main reason: Roster room for the Mavs – they had seven players signed for next year, none of whom play the four (Rhodes’ most likely position in the NBA). Dallas then inked DeSagana Diop, a five, and Gerald Green, a wing.

On Monday, the official Dallas Mavericks summer league roster was released and Charles Rhodes was nowhere to be found. The Mavericks Blog on the Dallas Morning News website is reporting that Rhodes, and a couple others such as Aaron Miles and Reggie Williams, will not be participating because they, “got what they perceive to be better offers.”

A quick check of the rosters for the Las Vegas NBA Summer Pro League did not yield any results for Rhodes. It might be the case where Charles Rhodes and his agent, Mike Conley Sr. (the Vice President of Player Representation for Bill Duffy’s BDA Sports Management and father of Mike Conley Jr., currently a PG for the Memphis Grizzlies and formerly an Ohio State Buckeye), feel that Charles would be best served taking the sure overseas money rather than risking the cut-throat nature of NBA tryouts. After all, Charles In Charge “just wants a job.” Stay tuned.

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