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Damon Lamon Stoudamire (born 3 September 1973 in Portland, Oregon) is an American NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the first round (seventh pick overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft. In college he played for the Arizona Wildcats. Damon is the cousin of U of A standout and Atlanta Hawks rookie Salim Stoudamire.

High school career編輯

Damon Stoudamire attended Wilson High School in Portland, OR, where he led his team to a 74-4 record and two state championships.

Toronto Raptors編輯

Stoudamire had a noteworthy rookie season with the Toronto Raptors averaging 9.3 assists and 19 points. He earned the nickname "Mighty Mouse" due to the fact he stands only 5'10" (1.77 m), and that he had a Mighty Mouse tattoo going into his rookie season. He has subsequently gotten another. It is a rarity for an NBA player to be under 6 ft. He received the Rookie of the Year Award for the 1995-1996 season and the Most Valuable Player of the All Rookie Game.

Portland Trail Blazers編輯

In 1998 he was traded by the Raptors along with two other players to the Portland Trail Blazers, for Kenny Anderson, Alvin Williams, Gary Trent, two first-round draft choices, a second-round draft choice and an amount of money. As a member of the Trail Blazers, his stats have fallen somewhat from his career high. In 2002 the Blazers benched Stoudamire for most of the season. The coach went with Scottie Pippen and Bonzi Wells at the guard positions. However, in the playoffs Stoudamire received significant playing time.

On January 14, 2005, Stoudamire hit a career-high and Trail Blazers franchise record 54 points, which included 8 3-pointers, against the New Orleans Hornets. Same year, on April 15, 2005, he shot an NBA record 21 3-point attempts, making only 5 of them.

Stoudamire's contract with the Blazers expired in 2005, and it became widely known that the Trail Blazers, who were focusing on a "youth movement", had no intention of re-signing Damon. This became abundantly clear in August 2005 when the team signed free agent guard Juan Dixon to a contract, and gave him Stoudamire's uniform number of (3).

Memphis Grizzlies編輯

On August 5 2005, after Stoudamire had been in discussions with several teams, it was announced he had signed a 4-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he was expected to replace Jason Williams, who left for the Miami Heat, as the starting point guard. In a December 30 game in his hometown of Portland, OR, Damon tore his right patellar tendon. He was carted off the court, and had successful surgery in Birmingham, Alabama the following week. He is out for the season, and should be ready to play by next season.

Suspension編輯

His stint with the Trail Blazers was marred by several marijuana related incidents including one where, with then-starting power forward Rasheed Wallace, his yellow Hummer was pulled over on I-5 for speeding and driving under the influence of marijuana. After Stoudamire's third arrest for marijuana possession in 2003, he was fined $250,000 and was suspended for three months. Trail Blazers president Steve Patterson announced that he wanted to void Stoudamire's contract, but did not found a provision in the contract that would allow him to do so. [1] Stoudamire completed a 90 day rehabilitation program and publicly swore off the use of marijuana. [2]. In addition, he made an agreement with The Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano to take a unannounced urine test during any point in the 2003-2004 season; to prove his sobriety. Midway through the season, Canzano appeared in the team locker room and produced a specimen bottle which Damon filled; an independent testing laboratory reported back the result that Stoudamire was indeed "clean". The incident rehabilitated Stoudamire in the minds of many Portland fans, who had come to regard him as one of the "Jail Blazers". However, Stoudamire was widely criticized by the NBA Players Association for the drug test, who claimed that NBA players may only submit to such tests as prescribed by the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement. The fact that the test was voluntary, and not administered by the league or any of its teams, did not make Stoudamire immune to such criticism. Despite the criticism, no official action was taken by the union against Stoudamire for his participation in the test.

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