Dante Exum, new signing of Barcelonadoes he have any with his partner Cory Higgins: the parents of both played, in different stages, together with Michael Jordan. The one with the escort, Rod Higgins, coincided with the myth in the locker room of the Bulls in 1986. The one at the base, Cecil Exum, I study in the University of North Carolina and won a college degree in 1982 as part of a team in which they were ‘Air’ Y James worthy.
The Barcelona reinforcement, 26 years old and 1.96 meters, grew up being trained by his father, who many times told him about Jordan. “Above all, of the amazing work ethic he had and how he didn’t get to be the best by chance. That is something that I try to incorporate into my game every day and I always try to improve. Maintain that work ethic and be able to work hard every day, “says Exum, who has signed a three-month temporary contract with Barcelona to make up for the absences of the injured Nick Calathes, Alex Abrines and, curiously, Higgins.
After finishing college, Cecil’s fate led him to Australia. He never got to play in the NBA. It was selected by the Nuggets at 194th in the ninth round in 1984, when drafts were a never-ending roster of players. In the oceanic country he made a long career and Dante was born there, 30 years after his father was chosen by the Jazz in fifth place. He was preceded by great physical conditions and excellent performances in international training team tournaments.
Haunted by injuries
However, injuries marked his NBA career. A 14-15 first season in which he made a hole in the Jazz rotation (22.2 minutes, 4.8 points and 2.4 assists playing all 82 games) was followed by another blank after tear the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee while he was with the Australian national team. Then I would suffer the partial tear of the tendon of the right knee in 2019. Since that first misfortune, his most games in an NBA season were 66.
The Jazz transferred to the Cavaliers in the 19-20 campaign. Last year he only played six games and then he was sent to the Rockets within the operation that commanded James harden to the Nets. With those of Houston it never made its debut. In his NBA career he has played 245 games with averages of 5.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Exum was this summer in the Tokyo Games with the Australian national team, with which the bronze medal. He was called up despite not playing since January and performed at a good level with averages of 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Now he comes to Barcelona to provide versatility, then can assist in any of the three outer positions and he will try to assert his good physique in defense and playing in the open field or in penetrations. If the injuries respect you, and you passed the medical examination without problems, you may have impact on the Barça game. And who knows if he will share equipment for longer with Higgins. The children of Jordan’s companions.