Philippine Basketball Association
Philippine Basketball Association, The 2002 McDonald’s All-American basketball game roster was filled with a number of players destined for the NBA, some of whom are now keeping their teams’ championship hopes alive this postseason.
Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and J.J. Redick have all come a long way since then. These days they are trying to make it beyond the first round of the NBA playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
He was part of that 2002 squad. That’s about the extent of his common bond with Anthony, Stoudemire, Bosh and Redick these days.
Every once and awhile the in-depth talent evaluation of a player becomes the furthest backdrop to a story when a guy who certainly has all of the tools needed to establish staying power in the NBA, yet somehow ends up on the outside looking in and trying to make a livelihood by bouncing around outside of the league.
It seems McCants has become the poster child for such a scenario as the former 14th overall pick in 2005 signed this week with the Powerade Tigers in the Philippines Basketball Association.
The addition comes at a time when the rest of the league is ramping up inking American-import players and teams start gunning for the PBA Governors Cup which begins on May 20.
Cedric Bozeman (Ginebra) and Marqus Blakely (B-Meg) also signed in the PBA this week.
Powerade can only hope McCants is worth the investment and the stay lasts longer than his recent stint in Puerto Rico. Back in late March, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard was signed and released in the matter of one day by Piratas de Quebradillas (after starting the season in Puerto Rico with Caciques de Humacao).
Yet this is what life in basketball has come to for McCants.
Instead of finding the right permanent situation overseas playing in Europe where he can develop his game and parlay that into a lasting career abroad, he’s in essence become a hired gun shooting blanks that sadly enough amounts to a day job worthy of cutting a single check — or at least was the case his last time around in Puerto Rico. (Ridiculous Upside)
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