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Old 02-02-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Default Finally, Dajuan Wagner ready to make a NBA comeback

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Over the last 18 months, Wagner has been training at a facility just outside of Ocean City. Jon Porter, the strength-and-conditioning specialist at Elite Athletic Performance in Seaville, said Wagner is about 90 percent ready. He trains like "a football player," Porter says, and straps 100-pound weights around his waist when he does pull-ups. "He does everything I ask, no questions asked."

Porter thinks Wagner could be ready for the 2012-13 NBA season. "It's a matter of getting the legs back to game shape," he says. "His shot is incredible. That hasn't changed at all. He can shoot from pretty much anywhere. It's almost surreal to watch."

The ability to score, to find his shots, has never been the issue with Wagner. It's his health that has. "If he said tomorrow, 'I am playing,' there would be such a buzz. The whole league would be abuzz," the NBA scout says. "Can he play? Is he healthy? Those are the million-dollar questions."

The scout, who asked not to be identified, says Wagner needs to showcase his talents in competitive games, either in Europe or the NBA Development League. One of the advantages of not having played all these years, the scout says, is Wagner's body hasn't taken NBA-style abuse for years.

"If he's in good shape and he's healthy, then go show us. The league is dying for talent," the scout said. "If Dajuan Wagner is a guy who came off your bench and gave you 11 or 12 points, he could fit anywhere."
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Man this is a great, long story about his road back to the game.

I know a lot of people hate how all of the medical issues ruined his career and robbed us from seeing a young LeBron James & Dajuan Wagner duo light up the NBA in Cleveland.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:24 AM   #2
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Man this is a great, long story about his road back to the game.

I know a lot of people hate how all of the medical issues ruined his career and robbed us from seeing a young LeBron James & Dajuan Wagner duo light up the NBA in Cleveland.
yeah...james and wagner woulda still been in cleveland rippin da league up.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:28 AM   #3
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Very happy for him. I hope the comeback goes well. Have been following him since Camden. The whole colitis thing must have been brutal.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:31 AM   #4
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yeah...james and wagner woulda still been in cleveland rippin da league up.
It would've been interesting to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5OM9i7f_Xg

Heres a slight glimpse into it.

Almost forgot that Cleveland had Carlos Boozer at that time too.

Wagner/James/Boozer

They could've got to a Finals together, not guaranteeing not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7, not 8 NBA Champions.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:37 AM   #5
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Very happy for him. I hope the comeback goes well. Have been following him since Camden. The whole colitis thing must have been brutal.

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But Wagner would never have a better game in the NBA. For the next 3 years, health problems toppled along like dominoes: a bladder infection, torn cartilage in the right knee, an inflamed liver and pancreas, a sprained ankle, and another surgery on the same knee. He seemed to be the Icarus of basketball, punished for flying too close to the rim. The least worrisome of his problems - chronic stomachaches - had been with him since Memphis. Yet they eventually turned out to be his biggest problem, causing him to lose weight and sapping his strength. When he was finally released by Cleveland after 3 years, he was diagnosed with colitis, a debilitating inflammation of the colon.

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In the summer of 2007, he signed with Poland's Prokom Trefl Sopot, averaging 8.3 points in six games. "He's a finisher and he's tough," a man with a thick accent says in a YouTube video of Wagner's Prokom highlights. "Now with the Polish team, he's looking to re-find his form."

He never did. After hurting his hip and reinjuring his knee in Poland, he returned to South Jersey, his career seemingly over.

Terrible, Terrible luck.

He was one of the first really high profile recruits of the 2000's that people knew about before he even got to the NBA. But since he played such a long time ago a lot of people have forgotten about him, lump him in with "All Time Draft Busts", and dont understand all he went through.

If a player like Kyrie Irving or John Wall for example dealt with the same issues that ultimately would lead them out of basketball, people would be more understanding of Wagner's situation.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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he needs that german stem cell infusion stuff for his brain.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:34 AM   #7
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Now there's a name I wish I could throw back into the draft from that year.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #8
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I feel bad for that dude.


Hopefully he can get healthy.


If I were him, I'd have my eyes on Phoenix, no doubt. I don't care how bad they suck. Their training staff is solely responsible for keeping Nash and Hill healthy all these years, and even Shaq was rejuvenated when he went there. They know how to keep players in shape and healthy.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:43 AM   #9
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So he'll come back to the league as a 30 year old? Wagner is done..
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:55 AM   #10
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So he'll come back to the league as a 30 year old? Wagner is done..


He's 28 yrs.old. He could have been the next Iverson.
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He's 28 yrs.old. He could have been the next Iverson.

I'm not sure if you remember him or not, but this is the same guy who shot 37% from the field and 31% from three and averaged 3 assists w 2 turnovers his rookie year. So if you're saying he's an undersized chucker who takes bad shots and makes bad decisions, then yeah, he's just like Iverson. Never liked his game one bit. Couldn't possibly care less how much he scored in high school. Any person with half a brain knows that doesn't translate to NBA. I mean how well you do in an NBA summer league doesn't always translate to NBA so please just no one bring up his high school stats. It's so bs. This dude played no better than Adam Morrison did his rookie year. He belongs in Europe w Ammo.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:35 AM   #12
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i thought this guy would break out into a star when he came to the nba, very disappointed...lets hope a team will give him a chance
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #13
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I liked DeJaun Wagner. I watched him at Memphis and thought he was going to be something special coming into the league. He was getting AI comparisons and everything.

Shame injuries and health problems ruined his career.

Hopefully he can come in a at least be a good role player off the bench. SO much talent.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:43 AM   #14
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I'm not sure if you remember him or not, but this is the same guy who shot 37% from the field and 31% from three and averaged 3 assists w 2 turnovers his rookie year. So if you're saying he's an undersized chucker who takes bad shots and makes bad decisions, then yeah, he's just like Iverson. Never liked his game one bit. Couldn't possibly care less how much he scored in high school. Any person with half a brain knows that doesn't translate to NBA. I mean how well you do in an NBA summer league doesn't always translate to NBA so please just no one bring up his high school stats. It's so bs. This dude played no better than Adam Morrison did his rookie year. He belongs in Europe w Ammo.
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I'm not sure if you remember him or not, but this is the same guy who shot 37% from the field and 31% from three and averaged 3 assists w 2 turnovers his rookie year. So if you're saying he's an undersized chucker who takes bad shots and makes bad decisions, then yeah, he's just like Iverson. Never liked his game one bit. Couldn't possibly care less how much he scored in high school. Any person with half a brain knows that doesn't translate to NBA. I mean how well you do in an NBA summer league doesn't always translate to NBA so please just no one bring up his high school stats. It's so bs. This dude played no better than Adam Morrison did his rookie year. He belongs in Europe w Ammo.
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