Adam Simon Says Why DeAndre Liggins was Called-Up by the Miami Heat?
Adam Simon joined Jeff Thurn on Wednesday's edition of Overtime.
Simon is director of player personnel for the Miami Heat. In relation to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, he is the general manager, and oversees basketball operations for the team. The Skyforce is the affiliate of the Miami Heat.
He is in his 19th year with the Heat, and third season of director of player personnel. Before joining the Heat, he was a video intern under current Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Simon discussed the Heat's move to call-up former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins from the Skyforce at this time in the season:
"We've had DeAndre since November when we drafted him, and got to know him well. Learned a lot about his work ethic, what he brings everyday. We thought his versatility, his defensive aggressiveness and ability to play multiple positions helped us in terms of getting to know him up front and bringing him in for a 10-day contract."
Last summer, Liggins was charged with a felony domestic violence charge, and recently, the charge was dropped by an Oklahoma City judge. In the news this week, New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested with a gun, and yet returned to the team. Simon tells how a member of an NBA and NBADL front office deals with a player's legal issues:
"We go through this all the time from an NBA standpoint, D-League standpoint. When we do the process of learning about a player's skills, their work ethic, mental, psychological, and medical make-up, you have to take all that in analyzing it, and put a value on it. Yes, player's come from different backgrounds and unfortunately things happen, like they do in an NBA workplace. So, you have to take in information and make a decision based off what information you have, and you know, we are in a country where people get second chances and opportunities if they pedal their problems and move on. It's an opportunity to give someone a chance to correct themselves and I think that whenever it's in basketball or any other walk of life, you have to give people benefit of the doubt, and I think DeAndre (Liggins) understands what he did and hopefully he understands what he did and will move forward."
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