The Phoenix Suns lost another game Tuesday night. This time, it was at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. The only bright spot for the Suns was the good reaction they received from wearing their black throwback uniforms.
At the end of the bench sat a sullen looking Sebastian Telfair. Weren’t the bright lights of Los Angeles made for him? Instead, he is the player who in the past ten games has been a “Did Not Play – Coaches Decision” six times. He is only averaging six points a game, and only making a little more than a million and half in salary.
That’s a paltry sum for an NBA guard who has played for six different teams, even if he never really made an impression anywhere he went.
He was inner city boy wonder of guard who was supposed to take the NBA by storm. He was going to make millions and show the world how New York City point guards play. He had lineage being city legend Stephon Marbury‘s cousin. He was followed by a film crew and was the star of the documentary, apply named “Through The Fire”, during his senior year.
That same season he was Mr. Basketball in the state of New York, and appeared on the cover of Slam magazine with a then-younger and slimmer Lebron James.
He was told he was a can’t-miss prospect, and had fame and fortune waiting for him in the pros. He gave up the chance to play for Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville and became a professional.
His story was written about and told by many, but Telfair’s story now is written up more in police blotters than on the big screen.
He had another DNPCD against the Lakers watching Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall getting run ahead of him at the point guard spot. He must be realizing that he is watching his NBA career slowly fade away. He doesn’t even get playing time on one of the worst teams in the league.
Who else in the league would want to take a shot at signing him when the season is over? The Brooklyn Nets could bring him in for city hype, but I highly doubt that. It’s about time that he take his talents overseas much like Marbury has done. Let’s hope he doesn’t have the same mental breakdown as his cousin.
Some athletes live in the past or live off their glory days in high school. Telfair has been doing that throughout his career, but now his time has come. Sadl,y the decision to leave the NBA won’t be in his hands, and the can’t-miss kid from Lincoln High will be told that he did miss.
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