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Jimmy’s Been Getting Buckets in December | Kyle Ratke | Dec. 20, 2017

When it comes to all-around play in the month of December, not many have been better than Jimmy Butler.

The Artist Also Known As Jimmy G. Buckets (the G stands for “gets”) is averaging 25.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 2.1 assists per game in nine December games while shooting 49.4 percent from the field.

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My conversation with Cerruti Brown of the AmeriLeague | Bernard Lee | Nov. 4, 2015

Like a lot of people in basketball, I had the news of the upcoming AmeriLeague catch my attention over the summer. As an agent, my background over the years is working with players that would be prime targets of such league if legit. I have had numerous NBA players who started their careers and proved their talents and values by playing in places other than the NBA. I kept seeing the headlines and made a mental note that at some point I would either hear from the people or should seek them out myself.
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Legends Acquire Returning Player Rights in Trade with RGV | Kyle Judkins | Oct. 30, 2015

The Legends announced today that they have acquired the returning player rights to Toure’ Murry and Kevin Parrom in a trade with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In return, Rio Grande Valley receives Texas’ own original 1st round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft (sixth overall pick).
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HEAT Signs John Lucas III and Tre Kelley | NBA | Sept. 28, 2015

MIAMI, FL September 28 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guards John Lucas III and Tre Kelley. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Lucas, a seven-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 237 career NBA games (eight starts) and averaged 4.8 points, 1.5 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 12.3 minutes while shooting 38.4 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three-point range and 76.8 percent from the foul line…
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Wizards bring back guard for training camp | J. Michael | Aug. 28, 2015

Toure’ Murry, who spent five games with the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract and joined them for the Las Vegas Summer League, will return on a non-guaranteed deal for training camp next month,… health prevented Murry from showing what he can do. A bad ankle sprain derailed him just when he signed his second 10-day contract with Washington
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Lakers to work out Bobby Brown, Toure Murry, others | Kurt Helin | Aug. 10, 2015

As you read this, the Lakers have 12 guaranteed contracts in place for the upcoming season. Then there are a couple non-guaranteed deals from guys who could, maybe even are likely to make the final roster in Tarik Black and Jabari Brown.
But Los Angeles is still looking for guys…
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Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett Driven by Examples of his Two Older Siblings | Pete Thamel | July 28, 2015

When Myles Garrett was at Arlington (Texas) Martin High, he was the No. 2 recruit in the country, and Alabama’s Nick Saban, LSU’s Les Miles and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin all showed up on the same day to watch him work out. He once had 8½​ sacks in one game, and he blocked seven kicks in the first seven games his senior season, including one against South Grand Prairie High at the exact moment Sumlin landed next to the field in the Aggies’ recruiting chopper (aka the Swagcopter). “It was so cool,” Martin High coach Bob Wager says, “it was comical.” View article »

Why Agents Are Necessary | Bernard Lee | July 23, 2015

I recently read a piece by NFL player Russel Okung for The Player’s Tribune about why he didn’t need an agent and I have to say I agree with some aspects of what he wrote. Ultimately, I have come to see that an agent is a value add for athletes in a lot of ways. The counterpoint I would make to Okung’s argument is that the hiring and development of a great relationship with an agent might be one of the most important value adds in a athlete’s career. View article »

Sean Williams re-signs with Konyaspor | E. Carchia | July. 21, 2015

Sean Williams will remain with Konyaspor…
He was supposed to leave but he reached an agreement to remain with Konyaspor.
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Brady Heslip joins Team Canada just in time for Pan Ams | Mike Ganter | July 16, 2015

Offence was always going to be a concern with what Canada’s men’s basketball entry had to pick from coming into the Pan Am Games.
There is no question that had the entire pool of Canadian talent been there to choose from, this would not have been a concern.
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Get To Know Him | Brady Heslip | NBA | July 11, 2015

Heslip is from Canada. There’s a good chance when Andrew Wiggins grew up, he had Brady Heslip posters around his room. He attended Nelson High School in Burlington, Canada.
After high school, Heslip took his talents to Baylor. During his career there, he became a baby-face assassin, hitting 43.7 percent of his three-pointers (2.7 per game).
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D`Angelo Harrison signed to play in Turkey for 2015-16 | Norman Rose | June. 30, 2015

According to Sportando, he has signed a contract with Uşak Sportif, a Turkish first-division team in the western Turkey city of Usak. But it was reported yesterday that D`Angelo Harrison would play in the summer league with NBA’s Houston Rockets.
It could be that Harrison has an out with the Turkish squad if he makes an NBA roster; at the very least, it seems that the St. John’s star has a place to play if the NBA undrafted longshot doesn’t work…at least at first. Making money and gaining experience is important…
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Toure’ Murry, Damion James commit to play for Wizards’ summer league team | Jorge Castillo | June. 29, 2015

Toure’ Murry and Damion James are expected to play for the Washington Wizards in the upcoming Las Vegas summer league, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Both players are familiar faces for the Wizards; James was with the team for training camp and preseason last year, and Murry joined Washington on a 10-day contract in March.
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D’Angelo Harrison of St. John’s latches on with Rockets | Zach Braziller | June. 29, 2015

The waiting is finally over.
After going undrafted and seeing the weekend pass without an agreement with an NBA team, D’Angelo Harrison has agreed to play with the Houston Rockets in the NBA Summer League, his agent Bernie Lee told The Post on Monday night.
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Murry named MVP after fourth-quarter heroics | Ed Odeven | May. 24, 2015

Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix guard Nile Murry carried his team in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s bj-league championship game.
The Texas Christian University alum sparked the Phoenix, but not without the vital passing from teammate Mo Charlo, who doled out five assists in the final quarter.
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How College Players Should Make A Decision on the Draft | Bernard Lee | April 16, 2015

With the NCAA season coming to a close, there is a pool of college players who have to make a decision on whether to enter the draft or stay in school. During this time, there is a great deal of unknown with buzz words like “stock” and “potential” that complicate the process. Kids get the feeling that they have a closing window and if they miss it it’s gone.
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Eugene Teague moves from France to Argentina | Chris McManus | Apr. 1, 2015

Former Seton Hall center Eugene Teague has moved on from French club ALM Évreux and is now playing in Argentina.
After inking a deal with French ProB club ALM Évreux last summer, Gene Teague has decided to pack his bags and travel to Argentina, where he recently signed a deal with Argentino in LigaA, the top tier of basketball there.
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Do-it-all forward Charlo having special season for title-chasing Phoenix | Ed Odeven | Mar. 5, 2015

Mo Charlo’s name isn’t a long-winded, multisyllabic tongue-twister. It’s easy to say — and easy to remember.
And for those who follow the bj-league, it’s been easy to remember what Charlo has done game after game this season. Simply put, he’s dominated.
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Detroit Pistons Sign John Lucas III For Remainder Of The Season | NBA | Feb. 25, 2015

Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed guard John Lucas III for the remainder of the season following two consecutive 10-day contracts. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The 5-foot-11, 166-pound guard has averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 12.2 minutes in eight games with Detroit. He scored a season-high 10 points at Indiana (2/4) and has dished out a season-high six assists twice.
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Jahmar Thorpe moves to Levanga Hokkaido | Erik | Feb. 23, 2015

Jahmar Thorpe (198 cm, Houston’07) has switched teams within the Japanese NBL and is now with Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo this 2015. He has already played two games for his new team and he averaged 8.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg so far. He moved from Link Tochigi Brex (Japan-NBL) Thorpe logged eight games and posted averages of 3.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg.
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Le Portel lands Kinu Rochford, ex Elitzur Yavne | Eurobasket Data Center| Jan. 29, 2015

ESSM Le Portel Cote d’Opale (ProB) tabbed 25-year old American forward Kinu Rochford (198-107kg-90, college: Fair Dickinson). He played most recently at Elitzur Yavne in Israeli National League. In 10 games he averaged impressive 21.3ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.7spg and 1.1bpg last season. Rochford also played at Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie) in Dutch league that season. In 10 games he had 12.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.6apg and 2.0spg.
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Brady Heslip Leaves DLeague for Bosnia | Jeff Zillgitt | January 22, 2015

NBA Development League rookie shooting sensation Brady Heslip has signed a contract withKK Igokea (in Bosnia-Herzegovina) of the Adriatic League and will finish the season overseas, his agent Bernie Lee told USA TODAY Sports.  View article »

Prolific Shooter Aims Higher | Scott Cacciola | November 18, 2014

Since scoring 78 points and drilling 20 3-pointers in his first two games with the Reno Bighorns of the N.B.A. Development League, Brady Heslip has tried to move on. By going to practice. By watching episodes of “The Walking Dead” with his teammate David Stockton.   View article »

Lamont Jones pens with Al Ittihad Jeddah | Vasiliy | Nov. 13, 2014

Saudi Arabian Al Ittihad Jeddah (Premier League) enticed Lamont Jones (183 cm, Iona’13) back to Asia, this time to wear the club jersey through the 2014/2015 season. The American player started the 2013/14 season with Kumamoto Vorters (Japan-NBL) and became the second best scorer of the League, averaging impressive 23.9 points and 5.1 assists through his thirty games.
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Ron Howard not returning to Mad Ants | Justin Cohn | Oct. 30, 2014

The Mad Ants, defending champions of the D-League, will open their season without the player most closely identified with their franchise.
Ron Howard, affectionately known as “Mr. Mad Ant,” the league’s all-time leading scorer, wasn’t signed by the team before the required deadline Wednesday.
Howard was D-League co-MVP last season with Iowa’s Othyus Jeffers. Howard had played in all seven of Fort Wayne’s D-League seasons.
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Mo Charlo joins Hamamatsu Phoenix | Erik | Oct. 6, 2014

Mo Charlo (203 cm, Nevada’06) will be taking his game to Japan’s BJ league this 2014-15 season after signing a deal with the Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix. He comes from spending his 2013-14 season with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. Mo logged 47 games for them and was able to post averages of 12.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg. He added some good numbers on the defensive end as well with 1.0 bpg and 1.3 spg.
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KR Reykjavik sign Michael Craion | E. Trapani | Sept. 7, 2014

As reported by, Michael Craion has signed his new contract in Iceland with KR Reykjavik. The player changed team after a huge season with Keflavik, where he averaged 23.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.4 blocks per game
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Report: Jazz sign ex-Knicks guard Toure Murry to 2-year deal | James Herbert | Aug. 27, 2014

The Utah Jazz signed free agent Toure Murry to a two-year deal on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring.
Murry appeared in 51 games for the New York Knicks as a rookie last season, averaging about three points, one assist and one rebound in seven minutes per game. He shot 43 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point line.
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Veteran guard Murry joins Hamamatsu | Ed Odeven | July. 25, 2014

Nile Murry, a dependable backcourt leader for four bj-league franchises, has joined his fifth club in the fledgling circuit.
The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix on Thursday announced Murry had finalized a contract with the club for the 2014-15 season.
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Eugene Teague signs contract with French club ALM Évreux | Chris McManus | June. 30, 2014

Shortly after Patrik Auda was promoted to the Czech Republic’s ‘A’ team andFuquan Edwin set up a summer league stint with Oklahoma City after not being drafted, it was announced that Seton Hall center Gene Teague signed a contract with ALM Évreux of LNB Pro B, France’s second tier league.
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Bulls sign James, Amundson | K.C. Johnson | Apr. 10, 2014

The Bulls officially announced the previously reported signings of veterans Mike James and Lou Amundson on Thursday.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said on Wednesday that the team’s rotation is set. So these signings, like Ronnie Brewer’s recently, are for injury insurance, practice bodies and potential trade pieces this summer.
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Why the CBA is Bad For Almost Everyone | Bernard Lee | February 24, 2014

Like a lot of people, I use Twitter. I have found Twitter to be a useful and enjoyable tool that I use “professionally”. While watching countless basketball games on my own, I use Twitter to connect with other people and also to pull the news I want to read, and need to know, in real time to stay on top of my industry.  View article »

Jarvis Garner Moves to Jeddah | Morgan | Dec. 13, 2013

Jarvis Garner (201 cm, Central Arkansas’13) will continue is rookie season in Saudi Arabia after signing for Al Ahli Jeddah (Premier League). Earlier in the season the forward penned his first professional contract with Atletico Argentino Junín (Argentina, Liga A) but left the team after just a few months in South America…
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Ron Howard Starts His NBA D-League Takeover Tonight | Spencer Lund | Nov. 22, 2013

It takes a special person to keep working after coming devastatingly short of realizing their dream. In 2010, Ron Howard was one of the last cuts for the Milwaukee Bucks. Their coach at the time, Scott Skiles, wanted to keep Howard. But there are only so many NBA roster spots, and after a failed buyout that would have opened a roster spot for the 6-5 guard, he was released.
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Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama | Ed Odeven | Nov. 3, 2013

Since playing his first game for the then-expansion Toyama Grouses in 2006, Nile Murry has been one of the bj-league’s best all-around players.
The hard-working backcourt leader made an impact for the Grouses and then for the Evessa (2008-10) and Rizing Fukuoka (2010-11) before he joined Niigata in 2011.
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Kinu Rochford signs with Aris Leeuwarden | E. Carchia | Sept. 24, 2013

Kinu Rochford will start his pro career in Holland with Aris Leeuwarden. The rookie comes from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he averaged 14.7ppg and 8.9rpg as senior.
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Knicks add guards Chris Smith, Toure’ Murry | NBA | Sept. 11, 2013

The New York Knicks have signed guards Chris Smith and Toure’ Murry.
Smith is the younger brother of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. Chris Smith, who helped Louisville reach the 2012 Final Four, was on the Knicks’ roster in the preseason last year before getting hurt and waived before the regular season.
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Brandon Peterson signs with Jamtland | Erik | July 29, 2013

Brandon Peterson (205 cm, Arkansas State’13) is going pro and will be playing his rookie season with KFUM Jamtland Basket from Sweden’s Basketligan this 2013-14. Peterson should be up to the challenge as he bolsters Jamtland’s frontcourt.
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Jazz Signs Free-Agent Guard John Lucas III | NBA | July 22, 2013

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free-agent guard John Lucas III. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Lucas joins Utah after spending the 2012-13 season with the Toronto Raptors. A 5-11, 165-pound guard out of Oklahoma State, Lucas owns career NBA averages of 5.1 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds…
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Iona’s Jones Signs Free-Agent Contract With Celtics | Steve Amedio | June 28, 2013

Another NBA draft has come and gone without a MAAC player selected, but that doesn’t mean at least one individual from the conference isn’t getting a chance to join the pros.
Lamont “Momo” Jones, the league’s Player of the Year for this past season, signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Celtics shortly after the end of Thursday’s draft
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Ron Howard Receives Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award | April 17, 2013

Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard/forward Ron Howard is the recipient of the 2013 Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by the NBA Development League’s 16 head coaches, it was announced today. The award honors the player who best represents the ideals of character and conduct on and off the court. View article »

Mike James: Mavs Dangerous if They Make Playoffs

Tim MacMahon | March 28, 2013

Mike James has every reason to believe the Dallas Mavericks are a playoff team. After all, they are 22-14 since the 37-year-old journeyman guard joined the Mavs on a 10-day deal in January. They are 9-3 in games that James has started. “Maybe I’m the rabbit’s foot,” James joked after Thursday’s shootaround. View article »

Jai Lucas Signs with Canton Charge | March 30, 2013

The Canton Charge have acquired guard Jai Lucas (5-10, 160, Texas) from the available player pool, the team announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the contract were not released. Lucas, 24, has had stints with both the Idaho Stampede and the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Development League this season View article »

Mike James’ Winding Road to Breakout Role

Matthew Postins, Culture Map Dallas | March 20, 2013

How James ended up in Dallas is anyone’s guess. But the Mavericks are certainly glad he did. He’s added ballast to a point guard rotation that needed a veteran hand and, in these final days as the Mavericks try desperately to earn a playoff berth, head coach Rick Carlisle has turned to the 37-year-old as a starter. View article »

Mo Charlo Returns to Bighorns | NBA | Mar. 23, 2013

The Reno Bighorns have acquired forward Mo Charlo, the team announced today.
Charlo (6-7, 210) has played in 130 games for the Bighorns over the past three seasons, averaging 9.3 points 6.0 rebounds per game…
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Texas Guard Mike James Signs with Dallas Mavericks | NBA | Jan. 3, 2013

The Dallas Mavericks today signed guard Mike James of the Texas Legends for the 12th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2012-13 NBA Development League season. James joins more than 115 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on NBA rosters.
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Becoming Mr. Mad Ant | Anthony Oliva | 2013

Ron Howard’s professional basketball career actually started an hour late and a few dollars short.
At 24 years old, Howard had just about given up the idea of playing basketball for a living until, at the urging of a friend, he attended an open tryout for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants — then about to enter their inaugural season in 2007-08.
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Taquan Dean is Back in Italy | December 09, 2012

Taquan Dean resigned with his former team Sidigas Avellino in Italy’s top league at the end of November. Dean made his debut for the team yesterday starting and playing for 26 minutes while scoring 10 points in a tough loss for Avellino. Dean hopes to help them bounce back for their next game on December 23rd. View article »

Former UTEP guard Mike Perez transferring to Nevada | Raphielle Johnson | July. 11, 2012

Former UTEP shooting guard Mike Perez will transfer to Nevada for his final two seasons of college basketball, the Tucson, Arizona native tweeted on Sunday night.
Perez, who visited Reno after visiting Penn State last week, was down to Nevada, Penn State and Purdue. He did not take a visit to Purdue.
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John Lucas III grateful for his dad’s tips

Neil Hayes, Chicago Sun Time | March 16, 2012

John Lucas III’s father read his son’s lips after he made that fadeaway jumper over LeBron James late in Wednesday’s upset of the Heat at the United Center. The longtime former NBA player and coach was one of many who reached out to Lucas III after his 24-point performance against Miami. View article »

Lucas III sparks Rose-less Bulls to win over Heat

Associated Press | March 14, 2012

John Lucas III could feel it as soon as he stepped on the court. Shots were falling and they didn’t stop dropping until the final buzzer. Good thing, too, since Derrick Rose wasn’t available. Lucas scored 24 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 106-102 with their star sidelined in a charged showdown between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams Wednesday night. View article »

Bulls bring back Mike James for third time

K.C. Johnson, Tribune reporter | March 14, 2012

Mike James has signed with the Chicago Bulls for a third time, a move that officially will be announced later Wednesday. James signed a 10-day contract and could be signed for a veteran’s minimum contract for the remainder of the season when that contract expires, sources said. View article »

Heat Keep Streak Going After Defeating Dragons 70-69

ABL News | March 11, 2012

Tiras Wade had a chance to stun the Tan Binh Stadium but his running shot at the buzzer fell short and the sold out Tan Binh Stadium was rocking as Saigon Heat beat Westports Malaysia Dragons 70-69 to record their third straight win. Jonathan Jones had a monster game for Saigon Heat with 19 points and 22 rebounds while Jahmar Thrope finished with 18 points. View article »

Rashad McCants carried Caciques victory over Brujos, 82-79

Boricuas Ballers | March 11, 2012

Former North Carolina guard Rashad McCants carried the Caciques de Humacao 82 – 79 victory over Brujos de Guayama in the BSN on Saturday night. McCants had a huge game for the Caciques by hitting 5 of 9 shot attempts (4/8 from 3-point range and 1/2 from the foul line), and finish with a game-high 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 1 block shot in 36 minutes. View article »

Jahmar Thorpe Scores 24 Points in Debut as Heat Beat Slingers

ABL News | March 7, 2012

t did not take long for Jahmar Thorpe to show his coach what he can do on the court. Thorpe, who just joined the Heat, led all scoring with 24 points in his debut with Saigon Heat to beat the Singapore Slingers 72-67 tonight. View article »

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