Basketball: Former Gonzaga University basketball star Dan Dickau is trying to get back to the NBA versus the Development League’s Mad Ants of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Dickau, 31, was released by the Phoenix Suns before the NBA season began in October
“He’s got NBA experience and he’s a true point guard,” Ants coach Joey Meyer said. “Doing the research on him, everybody was really high and thought he could help us at the point guard position, so we made the move.”
Dickau is familiar with the word “move.”
Picked in the first round of the 2002 NBA draft by Sacramento, Dickau was immediately traded to the Atlanta Hawks. From there his NBA stops included Portland, Dallas, New Orleans, Boston, back to Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers.
He briefly played in Italy and Germany before returning home, where his last attempt at making an NBA club ended last autumn in Phoenix.
Dickau’s best season was in 2004-05, when he started 46 games with the New Orleans Hornets, averaging 31 minutes, 13.2 points and 5.2 assists.
Now he’s trying to get back into the NBA via the D-League.
“I played really well in camp,” Dickau said. “I didn’t get the minutes that every player hopes for, but we knew the situation going in that they were going to keep 13 guys, but I thought I played well in camp.”
Despite the layoff, Dickau said he has kept himself in shape by working out and playing basketball with friends.
“There will be a slight adjustment period to get back into game shape,” he said.
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