Where Are They Now, 2009; Part 9
January 13th, 2009
– Zarko Cabarkapa has not been signed since being let go by the Golden State Warriors about 18 months ago, at the end of the 2006/07 season. Zarko had not played that whole season, either, meaning that his last professional basketball game came nearly three years ago in April 2006. The reason for this is injury, as Cabarkapa has battled chronic back complaints for all this time, if not from before then. However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – Cabarkapa has recently begun workouts with his former team, Budućnost, hoping to get back into the game. He has not signed a contract with anyone, but it’s a start.
– Justin Cage is playing for Belgacom Liege, a team that unsurprisingly play in Belgium. Belgacom Liege employ a very strict eight-man rotation (the roster outside of those eight players have a total of 30 minutes played in 13 games), and only one of those eight players is a Belgian. As an Arsenal fan, I kind of know how this feels. Cage averages 16.2 points and 4.2 rebounds a game, making him the team’s second-leading scorer behind the man, the legend, Christopher Hill.
– Pat Calathes was not drafted, played on the summer league roster of all 30 teams (nearly), still didn’t make it to training camp, and so he went off to Greece, the country of his heritage. For Marousi in Greece, Calathes is averaging 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds, while shooting three-pointers at a scintillating 22%.
– After being one of the best players in the D-League last year, Earl Calloway went in search of some slightly better money. Finding it with Cibona Zagreb, Calloway averages 11.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals a game, but his court time might be about to be superseded by recent arrival Alan Anderson. (Calloway’s backcourt partner, Davor Kus, is a Croatian international and the team’s leading scorer. So he’s not getting benched any time soon.)
– Marcus Campbell was one of the better big men in the D-League last year, but he left late in the season to play in Italy. Obviously a fan of tideless seas full of piss, Campbell stayed near the Mediterranean and signed in the Spanish second division with Los Barrios, yet he was quickly released. Returning to the D-League once more, Campbell is currently averaging 10.7 points and 9.9 rebounds for his former and present team, the Anaheim Arsenal.
– Nik Caner-Medley started the season with Upea Orlando in Italy, but the team went bankrupt before the season started. Whether this was due to Nik Caner-Medley, I couldn’t say, but I doubt it. C-Med then moved to Cajasol Sevilla in Spain, where he averages 10.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists, yet shooting only 11% from three-point range. So his weakness is still there, then. (I quite like Nik Caner-Medley. If he adds that jump shot range, it’s plausible that his career follows a path similar to that of James Singleton, someone else whose game I like. Maybe I have a thing for undrafted hustle players with sporadic mid-range jump shots. I’d like Louis Amundson more too if he could just control his own urges.)
– Jason Capel is still retired, although his Wikipedia page doesn’t seem to carry this information. In fact, it says the complete opposite. Nevertheless, as far as I can tell, though, he no longer broadcasts Charlotte Bobcats games on radio, like he did last year, having being usurped by Muggsy Bogues. He still announces college games, though, and is an assistant coach for a high school team.
– Geno Carlisle seems to be having one more crack at the NBA, despite now being the wrong side of 30. Playing for the Arsenal (as does seemingly every player that this series has covered so far – even Malick Badiane just joined them), Carlisle averages 8.0 points and 1.8 rebounds.
– Alejandro Carmona is unsigned, after leaving his Mexican team in November.
– Pat Carroll recently changed teams, going from the unsuccessful Spanish team Beirasar Rosalia to the more successful Spanish team of Tenerife Rural. Carroll averaged 13.7 points for Rosalia, and 15.5 points for Tenerife in his two games there so far.
– Finally, high-scoring Jaycee “Cash Money” Carroll isn’t letting a perceived lack of speed get him down, as he averages 17.8 points and 5.1 rebounds for the third-placed Banca Tercas Teramo in Italy. That 17.8 points is good for fourth in the league. By the way, there is no particular reason why I just called him “Cash Money”. It merely stems from a childish game that me and my friend played this weekend, in which we spent a good couple of hours watching football and thinking up really bad nicknames for all the players on show, before deciding that the nickname “Cash Money” works on pretty much everybody. The same applies to “Mad Dog” and “The Cat”. This is how I live my life.
I am continuously intrigued by the esoterica and minutiae of all the aspects of building a basketball team. I want to understand how to build the best basketball teams possible. No, I don’t know why, either.
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