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Legally deaf Lance Allred to get shot in Pacers camp

Sep 20, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Pacers_logo.gifLance Allred — the first legally deaf player ever in the NBA — will get another shot as he has been given a make-good contract to the Pacers camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

The Pacers have injury questions with Tyler Hansbrough and Josh McRoberts along their front line and are considering adding some depth to the roster. Allred, a 6’11” forward, could provide some of that, although he may just be camp fodder. At least he is getting a shot.

Allred played in a game as part of a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008. He has bounced around with a variety of other teams, including the Idaho Stampede of the D-League. Most recently he played for Khimik Yuzhny but he never really got a shot there.

Allred is an interesting guy — a writer (he published Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA), blogger and motivational speaker, a guy actually raised on a polygamist compound in Utah until the age of 13, someone who has written about the challenges of making a living as a basketball player.

  1. Zephid - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    the title of this post is a little bit misleading…

  2. Travis - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    No kidding, Tinsley and Jackson and Shawne Williams (and etc etc) are gone. I can’t see Tyler Hansbrough ever shooting a guy.

  3. Michael Warren - Sep 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    I’m happy for the man. Great guy and loves the game. Would be a great story if he makes the roster. Never say never. Love is Love.

  4. will - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    lance wasn’t shot at the pacers camp as it hasn’t taken place yet. lol. he was raised in Missoula, Montana area, not Utah.
    go lance!!!!!

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