Bobcats F Douglas-Roberts makes most of 2nd chance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Chris Douglas-Roberts has gone from being out of the NBA at this time a year ago to being a pivotal role player for the Charlotte Bobcats entering the Eastern Conference playoffs.
That's a testament to the perseverance of the small forward.
Douglas-Roberts was teetering on the brink of being out of the NBA for good last year when the Dallas Mavericks cut him after he played in just six games. He spent the rest of the season unemployed and looking for work.
But he didn't get any calls.
That left Douglas-Roberts "really messed up" and "depressed."
Douglas-Roberts says "There were days where I just wanted to be in the room all day and sleep. I didn't want to talk to anyone. I lost my mind a couple of times. Honestly."
Motivated LeBron preps for the playoff grind
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James is getting ready to enter playoff mode.
It's become a rite of spring for him now. He shuts off his phone when the postseason begins, eschews social media, and occupies his mind by reading more and talking less.
And given that he and the Miami Heat have won the last two NBA titles, it clearly seems to be working for him.
James is often fueled by doubters, but says this year he doesn't need any extra motivation. No one needs to tell him what a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals and third straight championship would mean.
Miami hosts Charlotte on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Duke sophomore Rodney Hood entering NBA draft
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft.
Hood said in a statement Friday that playing for Mike Krzyzewski "helped me grow and develop as a player and a person" to prepare him for the NBA.
Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State. He was part of a 1-2 scoring punch with freshman Jabari Parker, who declared for the draft Thursday as a strong candidate for the No. 1 overall pick. Hood was a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick.
While Parker and Hood are gone, Duke is bolstered by the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, led by top overall recruit Jahlil Okafor along with top-10 prospects Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.
Duke shuffles staff after Wojo's departure
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke has promoted assistant Jeff Capel to associate head coach and Jon Scheyer to assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski.
The changes come after the departure of longtime assistant Steve Wojciechowski, who is now head coach at Marquette. Wojciechowski, a former Blue Devils player, had spent 15 seasons on the Duke bench and had served as associate head coach since 2008.
Capel had been head coach at VCU and Oklahoma before spending the past three seasons as an assistant under Krzyzewski at his alma mater. Scheyer spent last year as a special assistant and was a key scorer on the 2010 NCAA championship team, Coach K's fourth title with the Blue Devils.
Krzyzewski's staff now consists of three former Blue Devils captains, including assistant Nate James.
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