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Arthur hacking away

Ex-Jayhawk whistled 26 times in 3 games

Kansas forward Darrell Arthur rejects a shot by North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough in the first half of the Jayhawks' Final Four victory over the Tar Heels in April at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Kansas forward Darrell Arthur rejects a shot by North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough in the first half of the Jayhawks' Final Four victory over the Tar Heels in April at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

July 14, 2008

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It takes 10 fouls, not the usual six, for an NBA player to be disqualified from a Las Vegas Summer League game.

Relaxing of the foul rules has been a blessing for former Kansas University basketball power forward Darrell Arthur of the Memphis Grizzlies, who was whistled for nine fouls Friday in his pro debut against New Orleans.

He had eight Saturday against Milwaukee and nine more Sunday versus the Los Angeles Lakers. The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder was asked Sunday if he was concerned about his hacks.

"Nah, I got 10 of them so I can use them," Arthur said, expounding on why he has been whistled so often. "(I'm) just playing real aggressive, going after the ball a lot, just trying to transition from college to the NBA."

Arthur scored 18 points off 9-of-12 shooting Friday and 10 points off 3-of-11 shooting Saturday. He had just three points off 1-of-7 shooting in 22 minutes versus the Lakers. Memphis was 2-1 in those games.

"I'm just going with the flow, just trying to pick up everything I can, learn as much while I'm here, listening to my teammates and following their lead," said Arthur, the 27th pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft. He wound up with Memphis after a series of draft-night trades.

"I'm not doing anything special, just going out there playing my game. Right now, I'm going to just keep running the floor, get as many rebounds as I can and easy buckets in transition. Once I get in with the whole team and learn the system (in fall camp), I'll find out what my role is."

Arthur had one rebound Sunday after grabbing seven total in his first two summer games.

"I'm playing with a chip on my shoulder every night. I want to go out there and show people I can play," Arthur told the Las Vegas Sun, indicating he's still disappointed he was not a lottery pick.

Comments

rtwngr 6 years, 5 months ago

His problem is he believed everything the agents said to him. He wasn't ready for the NBA.

Confrontation 6 years, 5 months ago

Pretty easy to sit back and insult a guy who will be making over $800,000 per year. Jealous often?

Lee Eldridge 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Sounds like his foul issues will continue in the pros. I'll be surprised if Arthur ever becomes a significant player in the NBA.

Jeff Kilgore 6 years, 5 months ago

Confront, right. Arthur will be around in the nba for 10 years. He'll be fine. He's fouling because he can. read the article and give arthur some credit. he's 20.

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