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Fickle world of sports close-up to Magnum Rolle

Grand Bahamian Magnum Rolle is experiencing the fickle world of sports close-up. There are no guarantees in the business no matter the talent level.

Several months ago, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were celebrated like no other athletes before them in Miami.”The Big Three”were ordained to make the Miami Heat franchise multiple National Basketball Association(NBA)Champions for the next decade or so.

This is still a possibility, but the world of sports can be pleasantly exciting but also gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. James, Wade and Bosh are being questioned. Thus far they have not performed anywhere near expectations. Perhaps they will click with the rest of their teammates and become the perennial power in the NBA.

Then again, the”sports”business sometimes takes the greats and so-called greats to their very knees.

Rolle, who looked so good earlier this year in pre-season camps and seemed a lock for a spot on the Indiana Pacers’roster for the 2010-2011 season, now finds himself waived by the Maine Red Claws, a farm team of the Boston Celtics.

Within a month or so he’s gone from a can’t-miss rookie to one of hundreds of talented basketball players hoping to get another opportunity at the NBA level. He was there through exhibition season with Indiana and a nation of sports fans hoped for him to be on the final roster.

Coach Jim O’Brien liked him. General Manager Larry Bird felt he was special. They all expressed glowing comments regarding the ability of the Bahamian.

Unfortunately, his play during the exhibition games he got into, did not cement a position with the Pacers. Rolle ended up with Maine and played well. The fans appreciated his contribution to the team and the hierarchy of the Red Claws obviously would like him back, but for now, he is injured and out(although Maine still has rights to him).

However, he is not badly injured and the year could still end on a better note. Indiana cut him because a business decision was made to stay with the guaranteed-salary players rather than go with one, non-guaranteed. That’s how the dice rolled in Indiana.

In the NBA Development League, teams like the Red Claws simply can’t afford to carry an injured player. So, Rolle can only hope to get well quickly and back on the court for Maine. He has been averaging 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 block shots per game. Those stats are not fantastic, but demonstrate a potential for a solid well-rounded game.

Who knows what is down the road for Magnum. Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings was quoted, pointing out the quick rise to popularity of Rolle with the fans. Maine no doubt wants him back when he recovers.

Importantly, he is one of a select group of players on the NBA Call-Up list.

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