It's My Birthday: Antoine Wright
A happy 29th birthday to Antoine Wright! The 6'7" wing player played 297 NBA games from 2005-2001 for the Nets, Mavricks, Raptors, and Kings. He averaged 5.3 PPG and 2.4 RPG for his career. After a good three-year career at Texas A&M, where he averaged 15 PPG and earned an All-Big 12 selection (the first and one of the last Aggies to ever do so), he was drafted 15th by the Nets. He spent 2 and a half years there and appeared in 17 playoff games, before being traded to the Mavericks, an afterthought in the Jason Kidd-Keith Van Horn trade that also gave Ryan Anderson's draft pick to Nets. He spent two years in Dallas, scoring a career-high 7.3 PPG in 2008-2009 before being traded ot the Raptors in a massive, 4-team, 8-player trade that involved Hedo Turkoglu (Magic to Raptors). After a year there and 7 games with the Kings in 2009-2010, Wright lost his spot in the NBA and has since bounced around from the D-League (where he averaged 17 PPG) to China, Spain, and Venezuela. LAst season, he averaged 15 points for his Venezuelan team on...0% shooting? (Dang foreign basketball websites!!)
Antoine's Mom is a more interesting story. She asked Mario Elie to take a picture with her and Mario declined. Later Antoine in front of his whole team called out Mario...he was shortly after blacklisted from the NBA.
"I had an issue with one of the coaches and my mother," said Wright, who was with the then-Mavericks assistant Elie and Kings coach Paul Westphal in Dallas from 2008-09 as a key reserve. "Mario Elie. I'll say his name because I had a history with him. We had just lost a game. It was over the holiday, Thanksgiving holiday, and my mother was in town and in the [team] family room [at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento]. She came up to Mario Elie, and said, 'I'm Antoine Wright's mom. Can I have a picture with you?' My mom is a fan of the game, a big fan of Mario Elie, and he said, 'No, I'm with my family.'
"We're a team now, so I came into practice [the next day] and told everybody, I said, 'When we go into film, I'm just going to put Mario on blast.' So I walk in last, and I come in through the front and Mario is in the back, and I said, 'Man, you know what? That's foul what you did to my mom. All she wanted was a picture. Everybody in this room would have took a picture with your mom if she asked, or anybody else's mom in this room. That's probably why we don't have any team chemistry.'
"The next day [Kings officials] came in and were like, 'Uh, this is not really working for you. It's not working for us. No hard feelings. We wish you the best.' I said, 'Thanks for the opportunity, and I'm gone.' "
A picture of Wright trying to hit-on LeBron, but 'Bron was having none:
I'm not really sure what's going on here, and I don't think I want to know: