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    http://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/25024306800
    Lance Allred left Khimik and signed for Pacers camp, source says. NBA's 1st legally deaf player will get look w/ frontcourt health questions
    Just a training camp deal, so it's more than likely just to fill out our roster for camp, but something to talk about on a Monday morning.

    Allred put up decent stats for the Idaho Stampede in the D-League last season...

    12 PPG
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    Thanks to our boy El Pacero for finding this story on Allred

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    Default Re: Pacers Sign 1st Legally Deaf Player, Lance Allred

    Was he in camp or maybe summer league with the Pacers before? His name is really really familiar to me.

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    He also wrote a book about his journey so that may be where you heard of him

    http://harpercollins.com/books/Longs...=9780061718588

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    Lance Allred was probably the last person you'd expect to make it in professional sports. Not only did he grow up on a polygamist commune in Montana, he struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. If those hurdles to the NBA don't seem large enough, Lance is also deaf.

    Self-deprecating, witty, and wholly original, Longshot is the unlikely story of an unlikely athlete, who despite these factors and a lot of setbacks along the way, finally realized his dream of playing in the NBA, becoming the first legally deaf player in the league.

    Lance refused to let others' expectations hinder his dreams, and his refreshing sense of humor about his disability allowed him to face these setbacks without giving up. From his childhood on the commune where he was "Mormon royalty" (his grandfather was prophet Rulon Allred of the fundamentalist sect) to his first time picking up a basketball (eighth grade), to his clumsy efforts to build his skills while growing into his 6' 11" frame, Longshot is a riveting account of a young man finding his purpose and letting the love of the game drive him toward his ultimate goal.

    Going inside the competitive world of collegiate basketball and the strange experience of playing professionally in Europe, with paychecks that never arrive and a knee injury Lance's team didn't want to cover, Longshot recounts the moment when Lance hit rock bottom. When he came back to the United States for surgery, Lance was prepared to let go of his basketball dreams and become a high school history teacher like his dad.

    But luckily he had an agent who didn't want to see Lance's dream die, and who found him a deal with the Idaho Stampede, an NBA Development League team in Boise. Although it was paltry pay, it was the last resort. And Lance slowly began to be noticed.

    Revealing the resilient heart of a young man who truly believes that it's not about failure or success but about being willing to try, Longshot is a Rudy story for a new generation, a tale of inspiration, dedication, and the power of a dream.

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    When does camp open?
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    Congrats to him, certainly an inspiring story.

    Not being able to hear has to be a pretty big problem on the court. Can't hear the referee's whistle. Can't hear your teammate calling "switch." Can't hear the play call. It's really amazing that he's an NBA caliber player.
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    When does camp open?
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    Default Re: Pacers Sign 1st Legally Deaf Player, Lance Allred

    is he the one who played 4 the cavs. Some time ago they signed a deaf player to a 10 day contract right after a trade, that left them short handed ithink it was after the ben wallace trade.

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    Was he in camp or maybe summer league with the Pacers before? His name is really really familiar to me.
    To tell you the truth....when I glanced at the title....the first thing I thought of was Steve Alford and thought to myself.....why are we talking about him again?
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    is he the one who played 4 the cavs. Some time ago they signed a deaf player to a 10 day contract right after a trade, that left them short handed ithink it was after the ben wallace trade.


    Yeah he was briefly with the Cavs in the 07-08 season.

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    Pacers are trying to lead the league in left-field religions in the locker room. I thought Granger was a bit weird, but this takes Danny's refusal acknowledge the national anthem and raises him a pair of wives!

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    Pacers are trying to lead the league in left-field religions in the locker room. I thought Granger was a bit weird, but this takes Danny's refusal acknowledge the national anthem and raises him a pair of wives!
    Umm...wow?

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    The Pacers now have something else they can put under their belts for training camp media fodder. Good for them for giving the guy a shot. His chances to make the team are pretty slim, but I just hope he works hard and makes it on a team someday.

    And hey, remember Ann Meyers?

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    And hey, remember Ann Meyers?
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    Default Re: Pacers Sign 1st Legally Deaf Player, Lance Allred

    whoo whoo because i am deaf also!!!

    GO PACERS!!

    but i would rather sign Rolle
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    I thought Granger was a bit weird, but this takes Danny's refusal acknowledge the national anthem and raises him a pair of wives!

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    Pacers are trying to lead the league in left-field religions in the locker room. I thought Granger was a bit weird, but this takes Danny's refusal acknowledge the national anthem and raises him a pair of wives!
    I feel silly for asking, because it's probably obvious to some, but what does this statement mean?

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    I feel silly for asking, because it's probably obvious to some, but what does this statement mean?
    I'm not sure either. I do remember noticing that Granger was the only one on the U.S. team without his hand over his heart while the national anthem was playing for the award ceremony though. Maybe there's something to it.

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    He speaks VERY well for a deaf individual .... wow .. Heck he speaks well PERIOD.. lol




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    I just wanted to add , after watching these videos ... This guy is a VERY good speaker .. matter of fact .. wow .. is all I can say .. and I'm not talking about even the fact that he is legally deaf... but the fact he is so articulate and seems natural in front of people talking.. He seems VERY intelligent.
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    Default Re: Pacers Sign 1st Legally Deaf Player, Lance Allred

    Is Tamika Catchings actually legally deaf? Or just deaf in one ear or something?

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    Default Re: Pacers Sign 1st Legally Deaf Player, Lance Allred

    To clarify, Danny Granger is a Jehovah's Witness, and among other things, they believe in separatism from many social functions, including patriotism, which means they do not acknowledge the national anthem.

    Of course, this begs the bigger question why he wore a uniform that said "USA" on it for a month, but I'm not a JW, so maybe there's a loophole or something.

    There's a picture of Granger standing during the medal ceremony, but just starting blankly ahead away from the flag with his hands down at his sides. If you didn't know his background, it's easy to mistake him for being a jerk, because his face looks like he doesn't want to be there.

    I'm actually kinda surprised he's been a pacer for this long and this is surprising.
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    I'm actually kinda surprised he's been a pacer for this long and this is surprising.
    What's that supposed to mean?

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