Lance Allred — the first legally deaf player ever in the NBA — will get another shot as he has been given a make-good contract to the Pacers camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.
The Pacers have injury questions with Tyler Hansbrough and Josh McRoberts along their front line and are considering adding some depth to the roster. Allred, a 6’11” forward, could provide some of that, although he may just be camp fodder. At least he is getting a shot.
Allred played in a game as part of a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008. He has bounced around with a variety of other teams, including the Idaho Stampede of the D-League. Most recently he played for Khimik Yuzhny but he never really got a shot there.
Allred is an interesting guy — a writer (he published Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA), blogger and motivational speaker, a guy actually raised on a polygamist compound in Utah until the age of 13, someone who has written about the challenges of making a living as a basketball player.
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.