On September 2, 2011, Los Angeles native guard Marcus Williams' basketball career was threatened without warning.
The former UConn stud and first round pick in the 2006 NBA draft was just three days into his new Russian contract when Kazan's physical identified a heart tumor. Williams immediately returned to the United States to undergo surgery, keeping him off the hardwood for over three months.
Williams had just capped a noteworthy season with Russian Enisey, averaging 15.3 points and finishing first in the league in assists with 6.8 per game.
Once receiving his worrying medical results, Williams contemplated the worst and began to reminisce about the highlights of his career, such as winning the 2004 NCAA title, being selected 22nd overall by the New Jersey Nets and playing in the Rookies All-Star Game. He also recalled being chosen to play in the Puerto Rican league's All-Star game, earning both the game's MVP and the Skills Contest awards.
It was on the flight home that Williams told himself "I'm sick of asking 'why' to certain things. I just continue to roll with the punches." He was convinced that it didnt matter where he played basketball, as long as he got one more shot to hoop.
Behind an encouraging 25-game comeback in China, Williams pursued a deal that would resurrect his career. The NBA, by the way, wasn't in the cards.
"There was some NBA talk over the summer. I had some camp invites but I never thought about going because I didn't want to do the NBA thing this year. I wanted to play more than anything," Williams told Eurobasket from his luxury patio overlooking the Mediterranean in Malaga, Spain. "Going to the NBA, I would have maybe been a second guard, for sure a third guard on some team and I know I can play basketball -- doing so at a high level was my ultimate goal," he added.
Throughout his rehab process, Williams gained 20-plus pounds of body fat, increasing his weight to 230 pounds, resembling a somewhat taller, non-muscular version of free agent NBA guard Derek Fisher.
Last summer, Williams was determined to get back into shape and like any other off-season, he played for the "L.A. Unified" squad in Los Angeles' famous pro-am Drew League. In July, he participated in a number of vigorous private workouts for European teams.
"It's funny," Williams recalled while looking back on how he was scouted by Spanish Unicaja Malaga. "Our General Manager told someone from my agency that they were on the lookout for a point guard and that they would stop through L.A. on their way to the NBA Summer League. They came to a few workouts, saw me play, and that was it. They were the first team to approach me," the 26-year-old guard said.
Later that month, Malaga's Croatian coach Jasmin Repesaleft Williams with a very detailed to-do list before giving team officials the green light to sign the 6-foot-3 guard to a two-year contract.
" (Repesa) has been on my case before I even signed with Malaga. We spoke on the phone many times and he was strict about wanting me to lose my body fat, lose weight, and get into game shape early," the 211-pound healthy Williams revealed.
"I told him I'm willing to do whatever it takes, and though (Repesa) rarely allows us to get comfortable, (Repesa)'s very open minded and trusts us to make the right plays. I'm glad I was able to step in up."
With seven weeks into the Euroleague season, Williams, a Euroleague rookie, is fully recovered and is playing the best ball of his career. He's averaging 11.1 points shooting 41% from beyond the arc and is ranked third in the competition in made 3-pointers (18), leading his team to the Top 16 round with six consecutive victories. Williams also records 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 dimes in just 21 minutes of action.
Foshan signs Alex Kirk, ex Giorgo Tesi PT - 1 day ago
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Foshan Long Lions (CBA) signed 25-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italian Serie A. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. The previous (14-15) season Kirk played at another team Canton Charge in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 46 games h... [read more]
Foshan Long Lions (CBA) signed 25-year old American center Alex Kirk (211-114kg-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports). He played last season at Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italian Serie A. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. Great season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. The previous (14-15) season Kirk played at another team Canton Charge in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 46 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Kirk represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) three years ago. He has played also professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks). Kirk attended University of New Mexico until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player. He could be described:
For a big man, he is a very good passer and can make shots from 15-20 feet.
Xinjiang Flying Tigers adds Adams to their roster - 2 days ago
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Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) added to their roster 27-year old Bulgarian international point guard Darius Adams (188-84kg-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Adams has played for the last two seasons at Laboral Kutxa in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg last season. Adams helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as... [read more]
Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) added to their roster 27-year old Bulgarian international point guard Darius Adams (188-84kg-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Adams has played for the last two seasons at Laboral Kutxa in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg last season. Adams helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Import Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Adams also played 29 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He contributed to his team making it to the Euroleague Final Four. The previous (14-15) season Adams played at Sluc Nancy in ProA in. In 14 games he averaged remarkable 18.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.9spg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged high stats: 17.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.6apg and 1.7spg. Adams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League earlier this month. He was called to Bulgarian Senior National Team this year. Adams is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Adams tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Ukraine (SC Kryvbas), Venezuela (Guaiqueries), France (Entente Orleans 45) and Dominican Republic (Reales de La Vega). Adams attended University of Indianapolis until 2011 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player. On Adams:
One of the best players in Division II in his college career. Unlike most high-profile guys, Adams has been through the struggles. He went from being a bench player for the Generals to a two-year college before becoming the nation's seventh-best scorer in D II.
Adams said. "The main thing is proving yourself. I know if I just keep going hard and putting in the work, that's where I want to be.".
Tony Mitchell claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - 2 days ago
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American Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hebei X. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 26. The 27-year old had a double-double of 49 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Guizhou (#6, 15-11) 112-102. Hebei X. is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hebei X. will need more victories to improve their 16-10 reco... [read more]
American Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hebei X. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 26. The 27-year old had a double-double of 49 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Guizhou (#6, 15-11) 112-102. Hebei X. is placed at 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hebei X. will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. In the team's last game Mitchell had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Hebei X., through which he has constantly improved. The University of Alabama graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mitchell is in league's top in points (2nd best: 43.8ppg), rebounds (9th best: 10.0rpg), assists (5th best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 2.0bpg,2.9spg and 60.9% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Wendell McKines (198-F-88, agency: Numbers Agency) of Hualan. McKines impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 51 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Hualan to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Jiangsu L. (#11, 8-18) 146-110. Hualan's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. McKines is one of the most experienced players at Hualan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was South Sudanese Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Beijing (#9). Majok got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and six assists. Despite Majok's great performance Beijing lost 118-126 to the lower-ranked Jianghuai (#12, 7-19). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Beijing needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Majok has a great season in China. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 3.9bpg and FGP: 62.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Tyler Wilkerson (203-F-88) of Shaanxi W. - 43 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Josh Powell (206-PF-83) of Luoyang - 33 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Orlando Johnson (196-G/F-89) of Guangxi - 44 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists 7. Emanuel Jones (200-F-85) of Beijing - 43 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Shaanxi W. - 37 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Joe Jackson (185-G-92) of Luoyang - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists 10. Craig Brackins (208-PF-87) of Hualan - 17 points, 28 rebounds and 7 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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