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James Lang
C - 6'10, 285lbs - 40 years old - 4 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired in 2009
  • Birthdate: 10/17/1983
  • Drafted (NBA): 48th pick, 2003
  • Pre-draft team: Central Park Christian HS
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2003 NBA DraftNBADrafted 48th overall by New Orleans.
16th September, 2003NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
29th December, 2003NBAWaived by New Orleans.
18th February, 2004NBDLAcquired by Asheville Attitude.
20th April, 2004USBLSigned a one season contract with Oklahoma Storm.
4th October, 2004NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Portland.
12th October, 2004NBAWaived by Portland.
November 2004ABASigned a one year contract with Portland Reign.
February 2005ABAContract cancelled after team folded.
9th February, 2005SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Inca Mallorca.
22nd September, 2005NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Utah.
27th October, 2005NBAWaived by Utah.
3rd November, 2005D-LeagueDrafted 12th overall in the 2005 D-League Draft by Arkansas Rimrockers.
2nd March, 2006NBASigned a 10 day contract with Atlanta.
12th March, 2006NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Atlanta.
27th March, 2006NBASigned a 10 day contract with Toronto.
13th September, 2006NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Washington.
28th February, 2007NBAWaived by Washington.
3rd March, 2007D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Arkansas Rimrockers.
5th September, 2007D-LeagueDrafted 4th overall in the 2007 D-League Expansion Draft by Utah Flash. Concurrently signed.
23rd October, 2008IsraelSigned a one year contract with Maccabi Rishon.
31st December, 2008IsraelReleased by Maccabi Rishon.
6th January, 2009D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Utah Flash.
1st November, 2009D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Utah Flash.
18th November, 2009D-LeagueWaived by Utah Flash.
Career Moves
September 2003 - December 2003New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
February 2004 - April 2004Asheville Attitude (NBDL)
April 2004 - June 2004Oklahoma Storm (USBL)
October 2004Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
November 2004 - February 2005Portland Reign (USBL)
February 2005 - June 2005Mallorca (Spain, LEB Gold)
September 2005 - October 2005Utah Jazz (NBA)
November 2005 - March 2006Arkansas Rimrockers (D-League)
March 2006Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
March 2006 - April 2006Toronto Raptors (NBA)
July 2006Utah Jazz (Summer League)
September 2006 - February 2007Washington Wizards (NBA)
March 2007 - June 2007Arkansas Rimrockers (D-League)
July 2007Miami Heat (Summer League)
September 2007 - June 2008Utah Flash (D-League)
October 2008 - December 2008Maccabi Rishon (Israel)
January 2009 - June 2009Utah Flash (D-League)
July 2009Washington Wizards (Summer League)
November 2009Utah Flash (D-League)
Articles about James Lang

March 19, 2013

James Lang - Cannot be traced since his 2009 stroke. Hope he's all right.

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April 2, 2010

- James Lang

Lang never lived up to his draft spot. Drafted in the second round 7 years ago, Lang has spent his time since then in America, bouncing between the D-League and occasional NBA stints. He played briefly in Spain and very briefly in Israel, but has spent most of his time in the D-League, not really doing much developing.

However, his career took a tragic turn back in November, when he suffered a life-threatening stroke just after being released by the Utah Flash for health reasons. Lang was suffering from fatigue before the stroke, which is why he was waived; what no one knew at the time was that it was a precursor to this. All strokes are serious business, but Lang's was particularly bad, leaving him partially paralysed (although hopefully only temporarily) and unable to speak. The internet carries no news of his condition after December. I hope he's all right.

His final tweets just before the stroke are ominous precursors.

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December 5, 2009

From a tweet from Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen, former Hornets, Wizards and Hawks big man James Lang has just had a "severe" stroke.

Flash Fans please keep 3 year center James Lang in your thoughts and prayers. James suffered a severe stroke just after Thanksgiving.

James has always been a fan and player favorite. He is fighting to pull through.


Lang spent last season with the Flash, averaging 6.4ppg and 4.1rpg, and was named as one of their returning players this season last month. However, he was waived out of training camp on November 18th due to "injury."

Little did we know.

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