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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stepping up

Arthur trying to find role with Grizzlies

Kansas' Darrell Arthur plays with a basketball at his table in the green room before the start of the first round of the NBA Draft. Arthur fell to the 27th pick of the first round and was traded three times before the night ended but said he was happy he landed in Memphis.

Kansas' Darrell Arthur plays with a basketball at his table in the green room before the start of the first round of the NBA Draft. Arthur fell to the 27th pick of the first round and was traded three times before the night ended but said he was happy he landed in Memphis.

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Most rookies at the NBA Summer League learn that pro ball is whole different game compared to what they just came from playing.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur was no different last summer in Las Vegas.

But his true eye-opening experience came about six weeks later.

Arthur, who was selected 27th overall in the 2008 NBA draft by New Orleans before four draft-night deals landed him with the Grizz, didn't make the greatest early impression when he was sent home early along with former Kansas teammate Mario Chalmers from the NBA Rookie Training Camp in New York.

The dismissal came after police responded to the hotel room the two shared at 2 a.m. and reported that the room carried a strong smell of marijuana. Arthur denied drug-related involvement but was fined $20,000 by the NBA for missing the camp.

He'll have to repeat the camp this September, but this time will have a much different mindset.

Ryan Greene is the former editor of KUSports.com. The rest of the story can be accessed at lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jul/18/charged--arthur-ready-find-his-niche-grizzlies/.

Comments

Jonathan Andrews 10 years, 6 months ago

So, we have to follow the link just to read the article?

Anyway, nice read. Yeah, he's got his work cut out for him to make this Grizzlies rotation. Thabeet and Gasol will handle all of the C minutes, and they just traded for Zach Randolph, a 20/10 machine. Furthermore, they drafted a pair of combo forwards (Pitt's Sam Young and Mizzou's DeMarre Carroll) who will bring a higher "motor" than Arthur, which is what you need from your bench bigs. Heck, even Hakim Warrick has mentioned he wants to come back, so the frontcourt is LOGJAMMED.

Darrell had better step up his level of intensity, or he could find himself going from the starting PF last year, to out of the rotation altogether this year.

Hawklin 10 years, 6 months ago

Awful nice words crooner. For a stupid move by the LJW. We are now to lazy to write, we just link to ex employee bloggers.

John Strayer 10 years, 6 months ago

It's the Internet people...linking is the name of the game...good grief...people who are hyper-critical of the LJW, need to really find something more constructive to do with their time.

Joel Hood 10 years, 6 months ago

C'mon guys....the link is not a big deal. This was a nice way for KUSports to link a story of interest on another site and give props to a former LJW guy.

Hawklin 10 years, 6 months ago

You guys are right. Great story, great story.

KANSTUCKY 10 years, 6 months ago

What does Hakim Warrick know about defense? Ouch. Keep after it Shady.

kufankam 10 years, 6 months ago

hawklin....

for someone who is criticizing LJW, you may want to learn when to use "awfully" as opposed to "awful" and "too" as opposed to "to". "awfully nice words" and "...too lazy to write". if you insist on calling LJW stupid, make sure you don't come off looking like a 5th grader. i find it funny that someone complaining about having to click on a link is calling the provider of the story lazy. how much effort does it take to click a mouse?!

Joe Baker 10 years, 6 months ago

Shady will school Carroll and Young!! I really hate it b/c he was just coming out during the championship run. I think he would have dominated the B12 his Junior year. I would really like to see him face Griffin!!

Alec White 10 years, 6 months ago

truehawk93...I know that the Grizz did face off against the Clippers already this summer league, and I'm not 100% positive but I believe Griffin dropped around 30 and 16...but I do remember Darrell throwing a little elbow in Griffin's rib after he was busy hanging on the rim celebrating a summer-league alley-oop. That is one thing that Shady definitely doesn't have to learn: an attitude that he is the best....now he just has to prove it.

And I know this is KU athletics site, but can anyone tell me why the Grizzlies acquired Randolph? He is being payed a cool 33 mil over the next two years to help the Grizzlies lose even more games while he takes shots and invaluable experience time away from the future of the organization (Mayo, Conley, Arthur, Gay, Gasol). Whatever...

Joe Baker 10 years, 6 months ago

Rock_Chalk_25 (anonymous) says... why the Grizzlies acquired Randolph?

It's like Shady said, "It's a business..." You'd think they would be more careful with these decisions. But they have money to spend!

gutter 10 years, 6 months ago

kufancam - 5th graders use i when refering to themselves.

The article is fine. I have no problem with the LJW using outside sources for articles. Truth be told I enjoyed what Greene wrote more than the garbage that Keegan and Mayer wrote in the past week. I am just wondering why the LJW decided to wait 4 days to post Greene's article? What can we expect next - an article from People magazine that Michael Jackson died?

Hawklin 10 years, 6 months ago

kufankam

That is not a sentence or proper capitalization. You need to go back to 5th grade. Yeahaah!

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

Two of the sites that I really appreciate are the Big 12 blog on ESPN and the SI-KU site. Both give a summary of links for sites that I don't commonly check on. Good move LJW to keep in step with techno advances. It is almost as nice as the Newell posts/all the additional video that Jesse brings to BB. Will Jesse or someone else be doing that for FB as well? I wonder if there is a coed at KU that would do the same for the rising WBB program as a potentially huge year approaches for them.

Good Job. Rock Chalk!

MWShields 10 years, 6 months ago

You said it Strayer, it's not like this is the Hill City Times!

kufankam 10 years, 6 months ago

hawklin,

i never capitalize when emailing, blogging, posting comments on websites. maybe i am lazy, right?! i just find it humorous that someone logs onto the INTERNET (look out, caps) and complains about having to click on a link. LOL!!! then, to top it off, in calling the LJW stupid, you show your own stupidity.

everyone knows that this is the SLOWEST time in sports and so journalists are going to need to find filler. i have no problem with LJW posting a link to an outside article. anyone that can't be okay with that is stewpid : )

Brad Miller 10 years, 6 months ago

I always liked Ryan, and his writing. I'm glad LJW provided me access to a story I would not have seen otherwise.

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