Some White (No. 8 jersey) highlights from three recent Bobcats games.
For two and a half seasons, D.J. White lead a life of NBA anonymity.
He occupied the end of the bench in Oklahoma City. Spent time in the D-League.
But after a trade landed him with the Bobcats on Feb. 24, things have changed. White has seen steady minutes in a reserve frontcourt role under coach Paul Silas — in part because Tyrus Thomas has been out with injury. He’s averaging 8.3 points (52.1 percent shooting) and 4.4 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per contest.
White’s knocking down the mid-range jumper. He’s hustling down the court, beating the defense and dunking it home for two. He’s looking more filled out, mature and polished than his IU days.
White likely won’t ever be a star or even a starter. (Silas saying he’d like White to play in the Summer League is an indication of that.) And this limited sample size of games with the Bobcats can’t paint the whole picture.
But if Charlotte retains Silas for next season — he was hired after Larry Brown’s swift departure earlier this year — it’s possible White will continue to factor into the team’s rotation. Which could set him up for a longer career in the league.
The 2010-2011 NBA season will be important for the career prospects of former IU forward D.J. White. After battling injuries during his first two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, White has appeared in a total of just 19 games and split time between the Thunder and the Tulsa 66ers, a D-League affiliate. He’s entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract.
How has your rehab been going? Are you looking good for the start of the season?
“Recovery has been fine; just take it day by day. As of right now, I’m one hundred percent. Yes, I’m looking good for the season. I’ve been working out twice a day all summer in preparation and I’m looking forward to it.”
How have you avoided getting frustrated by your injuries?
“I just try to stay positive and not get down on myself. Things happen for a reason and it’s a part of basketball.”
When was the last time you were in Bloomington, and how often do you make it here?
“I was in Bloomington in July. I’ve been living in Indianapolis all summer and only made it down twice, so not as much as I wanted to.”
If nothing else, Hoosier fans will at least be able to catch White in action this coming Sunday, as his Tulsa 66ers take on Fort Wayne at Allen Country War Memorial Stadium. Just watch out for the Nightmare Ant, D.J.
Everyone’s favorite Hoosier of the last decade, D.J. White, will miss four to six months following surgery to remove a benign growth from his jaw:
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie forward D.J. White will undergo surgery to remove a benign growth from his jaw and will miss at least four to six months, the team announced Thursday.
Team physicians will perform the procedure next week and, as a part of the operation, doctors will take a bone graft from the 6-9 White’s hip to mend the bone in his jaw.
Not that surgery is ever good news, but let’s be thankful that the growth is benign and hope that D.J. makes a full recovery. He probably wouldn’t have gotten much clock for the Thunder this season, but the young man must be disappointed to have his NBA career kick off this way. Get well soon, D.J.
Surely you recognize these two fine looking gentleman (and Russell Westbrook of UCLA). Although he won’t wear the No. 23 this upcoming season (Marcus Camby pulled seniority), new Clipper Eric Gordon posed for the rookie photo shoot wearing the number he wore in Bloomington. I’m not quite sure how he got talked into that pose, but the look on his face leads me to believe he wasn’t too happy about it. D.J., on the other hand, looks thrilled. I’m really going to miss that kid.
A pair of Hoosiers landed in the first round in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Eric Gordon became the first top 10 pick out of IU since Calbert Cheaney in 1993, going No. 7 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Birmingham native D.J. White was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons then traded White to the Seattle Supersonics for two second-round picks. We’ve gathered some links to coverage and reaction from the draft and look forward to your comments.
A year ago today, Big A tossed down the very first post on this here blog. (About Bud freakin’ Mackey of all people.) Since then, it’s been about the most gosh darn eventful time in IU’s recent — or perhaps entire — history. To wit: we had Mackey and crack, Sampson phone problems, Senderoff’s resignation, players getting suspended, and suspended, and suspended, Sampson phone troubles again, his dismissal, the Dakich take over, the team collapsing under the weight of it all, Dakich booting Bassett and Ellis, Tom Crean taking over, the whole damn team leaving and Crean recruiting everyone you haven’t heard of under the sun. (We can all breath now. Phew.)
If you were to say we expected even a tenth of this stuff to go down, we would not have believed you. (This is how these things always go, it seems.) But hey, it was fun to cover and blog about. Sure: we would have loved for IU to storm their way to the Final Four, for Eric Gordon, D.J. White and Kelvin Sampson to cut down the nets in San Antonio, but things do not always go as we would have hoped.
Without confirming with E — though I know I don’t need to — the reason this site has garnered any amount of success is because of Big A. The guy lives and breathes this blog and he churns out the posts day in and day out. Myself and E are tied up with other writing endeavors outside of the real jobs (I’m also incredibly lazy); without Big A this site ceases to exist.
Lastly, we want to thank each and everyone of you. Without the comments, the visits, the feedback and the tips, we wouldn’t be nearly as enthused about the site, and what the future holds for it. To the commenters who have been here since the start, (hi Kelin and Jamie!) we thank you. To those that joined along the way and have made a community out of this place, we thank you. We hope we’ve done a good job with year one; we look forward to year two.
Bullets Forever, a Washington Wizards blog, had some questions about our man D.J. White and PostmanR had the answers. Here is a sampling:
The Wizards have some experience with Hoosiers, drafting Jared Jeffries in 2003 and Calbert Cheaney in 1993. Where does DJ fall on the list of Indiana greats in relation to Jeffries and Cheaney?
ITH: Tough to say. If you go by statistics, Cheaney is the all-time leading scorer at both IU and in the Big Ten. He played on some fantastic teams in the early 90s as well. Jeffries doesn’t have the numbers Cheaney does, but he only played two years before going pro. I think White’s legacy at IU is a strong one regardless of where he matches up with those two.. He had to endure, not one, but two coaching changes during his tenure. No one deserves that. Even after fellow Alabama native Mike Davis got peaced, he stayed loyal to IU. And last year, when IU was firing on all cylinders and looked poised to make a deep run in the tournament until the Sampson debacle came crashing down and effectively killed the season, White stayed strong and played well. Not the same could be said for everyone on the squad.
He was fiercely loyal in times of adversity. Indiana basketball fans love him for that.