Monday, August 6, 2007

Less punching and more boards, Awvee

NBA TV is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks, who are known recently for the following three things:
1) Not making the playoffs
2) Drafting Andrew Bogut, whose dingo actually ate Luc Longley's baby
3) Yi Jianlian
...have signed former ASU forward Awvee Storey to a two-year contract.

If you haven't been following Awvee Storey's career since leaving Arizona State, well...we at Pitchfork Nation don't blame you. So here's a quick recap.

Awvee led the Pac-10 in rebounding in 2000-01, pulling down 9.1 boards per game. He was also one of the better defenders in the league at the time and showed great versatility by playing almost every position on the floor. He faced his share of injury problems however and was not drafted, but later signed with the New Jersey Nets in 2004. Through the end of 2006, he had played in only 34 games between the Nets and Washington Wizards.

And that's where it started to go all wrong. Last December, he and former UA star Gilbert Arenas were arrested for disobeying police orders in Miami. Then, this past January while playing for the NBDL's Dakota Wizards, he gained national attention by slugging teammate Martynas Andriskevicius (not to be confused with Golden State's Sarunas Jasikevicius) during a practice. The assaulted was left with a fractured skull and a severe concussion. Needless to say, Storey was cut and suspended by the league.

So, congrats to Awvee for latching on in the Association again, and here's to hoping he keeps his fists away from Brian Skinner.

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