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CDR was called up from the Texas Legends when veteran Derek Fisher left the team. He's been quietly working his ass off.
Not every professional basketball player takes the same road to the NBA. Some never even make it and instead earn their living playing overseas. Chris Douglas-Roberts played high school and college ball, was drafted into the NBA, left to play overseas during the lock-out, came back and spent less than a month with the Lakers. Currently he's playing his heart out for the Dallas Mavericks.
In a personal and engaging account, Douglas-Roberts went to Tumblr to share what he learned from the last few years. The main thing to take away? This is a kid who loves the game of basketball, and isn't going to take one minute of his career for granted.
I made up in my mind that I was going to be the best player in the D-League. Vowed not to take a day off. I was on a mission. The first game I scored 50 points. I wanted to dominate the competition. I wanted to erase all doubts. Every game I wanted to destroy the competition. Every game I came in with a killer mindset. I played 10 games in the D-League with that singular focus and just like that, I was back where I belonged. I signed with the Dallas Mavericks three days ago. I'm so proud to be a part of Mavs nation.
Do yourself a favor and read the rest of Douglas-Roberts' post.