In a world stricken with an NBA lockout…
Training camps and summer league expelled from the 2011 calendar…
Pre-season games and weeks of the regular season erased…
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Well, we do try to give you the best and most accurate news we can find, and put it in a light that is easy to understand. With that said, we would like to introduce you to another of our newer Charlotte Bobcats via the Trade Street Trio. He quickly became one of my favorite players off of the bench. He displayed a great basketball IQ and a knack for knowing where to be in order to get rebounds and put-backs. Coming to our family in a trade that sent Nazr Mohammed to the Oklahoma City Thunder, we netted a 6’9” 251lb power forward with a 7’ wingspan.
DJ White, or as I like to call him, Dubz, arrived in
I will be the first to admit that I didn’t know all that much about him, but when you’re on a team with the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the players on the bench often get buried on the bench, and become just a face in the crowd. In his short stint with our team, I have seen consistent play from Dubz, and I consider him to be a solid bench player for our rebuilding team. He is a favorite of mine because he seems to be down to earth, a hard worker, and knows what he has to do to get the job done. It is my hope that he will continue to be with us for the great years that are to come. So, with that said, let’s get to know this Indiana Hoosiers alumnus.
TSP Matt: Coming from a team like the Thunder where you weren't getting a lot of play time, but winning, to a team where you had a great role (and a successful one at that) in the rotation, but losing. How does that affect your mentality as a player?
DJ White: Not playing in OKC was a tough situation. As a player you want to help your team succeed and be on the court. Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to play as much as I would have liked. I was happy for the opportunity the Bobcats gave to me to show what I can do. Obviously we didn't win as much in
TSP Bruce: We at TSP have long felt that secondary markets such as ours are a place where players that have played in the shadow of superstar can shine and really make their mark in the league. What do you see as the career benefits of spending time with a smaller-market team?
DJ White: Well,
TSP Andrew: I read that you had to have surgery to remove a growth from your jaw. This isn’t so much of a question as it is me giving you the open floor to discuss what happened. We, as Bobcats fans, care a great deal about our players, and you have been through something that could happen to any of us. Could you tell us about that ordeal and some of the thoughts and feelings you were having as this obstacle came into your life, and how you dealt with it?
DJ White: Yes it was difficult to miss games because of injury especially mine because it wasn't basketball related. Missing basically all of my rookie year was tough after being drafted which was a life long dream of mine. I had good people around me (family, friends, and teammates) to keep grounded. I stayed positive kept myself in shape and worked on my skills to be ready when it was time. The key was to believe in myself, staying focused and having a positive attitude through it all.
I hope that this has given everyone a bit more insight into DJ White (Dubz). I for one am excited to have him on our team, and I’m ready for him to truly show what he can do on the basketball court for us. Last year was just a glimpse of what is to come. I can only imagine what he’ll be like, playing under Paul Silas for an entire season (if we can get this lockout over). I think he is a key piece in our rebuilding process, and hopefully will be a Bobcat for a long time to come. He’s easily a down to earth fan favorite, a hard worker, and just a great guy. I enjoyed interviewing him and we will have more Trade Street Trios for you soon…
Just a hint…Matt Carroll is on deck and I’ve extended an invitation to DeSagana Diop as well.
Trade Street Trio #2 is in the books, so to speak. As we continue with these, we will get better with the interviews. I feel that this one was even better than the first, and we will strive to improve on the next one as well. If there is ever anything that ANYONE would like to see us do with the site, please click the Suggestion Box and let us know. We want to provide the fans with the BEST fan experience that we can possibly offer, and the only way to do that is to get feedback from everyone visiting the site. Fans, players, coaches, GMs, team owners, etc, we’d love to hear from you, so don’t be shy. Send it in and help shape our site to be what you want to see out there for OUR beloved Charlotte Bobcats