Sad day for Juan Dixon today and Maryland fans as the Terps' all-time leading scorer was cut from the Hawks roster. Alas, they had a glut of guards and no room for the man who overcame so many odds to become the leader of 2 Final Four and one National Championship team.
Dixon cut by Hawks.
Gary Williams resurrected Maryland basketball, but it was Juan Dixon who took the Terps to the promised land, willing the 2002 team to the national title. For the last eight seasons, Dixon bounced around on NBA teams. When given minutes, he always put up points, but at a skinny 6-3 without explosive power or natural point guard skills, Juan never really found a long-term home in The League.
Regardless, he overcame so many obstacles to earn minutes at the highest level, including a 35-point performance in a playoff game for the Wizards.
I'm guessing Juan's next stop will be overseas, where he can make a handsome living and hopefully become the man again for a European team. He's one of the all-time great inspirational stories in sports period. Good luck Juan.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Maryland basketball media day is next week, along with midnight madness. Should be a really interesting season for the Terps. For the first time in a while, squad seems to have the pieces in place to be a factor in the ACC and not just hold on for dear life and hope to squeek into the NCAAs. Big year for Gary and the boys coming up.