Rashad McCants Blows Another Chance
Yet McCants has never been arrested, never been suspended for disciplinary reasons, and never been benched for anything other than a perception of bad attitude. The refrain throughout Palmer's story is that McCants has been dealt a bad hand by an NBA that doesn't understand him. Former Wolves coach Randy Wittman is the enemy for taking away McCants' captaincy. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is a part of the problem for asking McCants to see a psychiatrist before Dallas offers a contract. Basically, McCants can't catch a break, but has little culpability in the matter.
McCants was offered a spot on Cleveland's Vegas Summer League team this summer, perhaps a break which would have led to an NBA comeback. The Cavs, after all, need to replace a certain big-name scorer. But McCants never showed up to Cleveland's mini-camp before Vegas, and didn't contact the team until it was already in Las Vegas playing games. Cavs assistant coach Paul Pressey told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he had been looking forward to coaching McCants in Vegas because he's a "heck of a talent."
But McCants didn't show, and allegedly didn't tell the team he wasn't going to show.
The Willoughby, Ohio, New-Herald reports McCants didn't show up because his mother had become ill in North Carolina. His agent claims he told the Cavs in advance, but obviously the coaching staff didn't know.
On the one hand, it's another bad break. Bad timing. An opportunity knocked off track by circumstances outside McCants' control.
On the other hand, it's an avoidable situation in that McCants and his agent could have made sure the world knew he was tending to his sick mother and not just blowing off another opportunity. It took a week for McCants' explanation to come out, a week in which Rashad's already low stock sunk in the eyes of any franchise who'd take him.
But Palmer's story could very well help McCants get another shot. Rashad can't blow it. Time is ticking.