This is an article from Yahoo Sports. Sad if true.
It's a bit of an understatement to point out that the Orlando Magic have been through their fair share of controversy this season, what with a franchise player clearly wanting to don another uniform and/or fire his team's celebrated head coach at the same time. There's another minor controversy brewing down in Florida, though, with the demotion of backup point man Chris Duhon.
Last edited by hurleyfor3; 04-13-2012 at 03:25 AM.
sad to read.....maybe his behavior suggests some unknown things going on in his life....
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
Not meaning to highjack the thread, but I have been curious about "Little Duhon". Does anyone know where he is, and what he has been up to? He was certainly a crowd favorite at Cameron.
No sense speculating too much, but it sounds like Duhon's NBA days may be nearing an end. I liked him as a Duke player and hope there is another phase in his life that he can enjoy after pro hoops.
At last check, the only thing reported in the Orlando Sentinel was that Chris missed a shoot-around to attend to a "personal problem." Nothing was said about any comflicts with anyone, coaches or players.
And believe me, living in Orlando as I do, the local writers would be the first to make something out of this if they could find anything to report. Would suggest that you check the Sentinel web site before drawing conclusions based on any other reporting.
Duhon has actually had a better than forecast NBA career; he slipped a bit in the draft, but managed to become a decent
NBA player anyway, mostly on intangibles; good passing, leadership, smart decision making, good defense. If those are
no longer there, his shooting isn't enough to keep him in the pros. If his career is over, it was a pretty decent one.
Why would Duhon's career be over?
Ever since he signed with Orlando his confidence was completely different than what it was in New York and Chicago.
But I wouldn't be surprised if a part of his play has to do with the Dwightmare this past season and it will continue next season also. Maybe he wants to get out of Orlando and play somewhere else.
From the Yahoo! article
"There are rumors that his off-court habits could be contributing to his sluggish play"
Gee, that's a pretty thinly veiled assertion that he must be partying like a rock star. That tag has followed Chris around, it surfaced early in Chicago, but I didn't hear anything about it while he was in NY, and those tabloids (News, Post) would have been happy to report any dirt. Bottom line, it's not smart for a marginal player to be a problem for the team. He's still a young man, but he's made $28MM in his career. I guess he thinks that's enough. At 31, if he showed some more professionalism, he could have added another $5MM - $10MM on top of that.
But, the NBA career of Chris Duhon has to be considered a success.
With the wedding at Duke Chapel and reception at the Washington Duke Inn, there's no doubt that Duke means a lot to Chris.
I've enjoyed following his career and wish him the best.
Duhon definitely had the reputation of being a heavy drinker/partier when I was at Duke. He was Reggie Love's "wingman" the night of tea bag-gate.
I have always thought of Duhon as a great distributor of the ball, a guy who sets the rhythm for the offense, who gives it up selflessly to the guy who is well positioned to initiate an attack from where the alignment on the court makes the defense most vulerable. Duhon's ability to see this and get rid of the ball easily and early often leads to excellent scoring opportunities, often after an ensuing pass or two. That style of leadership does not show up in stats or have the pizazz that makes for ESPN highligths. To me, however, it makes the game sing. I have to believe that that quality in Duhan, together with his prowess on defense, has made for what has been a long and fruitful basketball career. Partying by a professional athlete, going way, way back in football, basketball, and perhaps more prevalently, in tennis and golf, why, I am shocked. If you are a star (Paul Horning, Raymond Floyd, Walter Haegen, Andre Aggasi, need I add Wilt, Magic, and the Babe, the Mick, to name a few, it is seen as part of mystique. Partying. We're talking Partying?
He is a Duke Blue Devil for life and I expect will always see himself that way.
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