Josh talks about his former high school coach and trainer at which seems to be a luncheon. Enjoy!
Good news, bad news, or who cares? ESPN and TrueHoop's rank the top 500 players in the NBA, or out of the NBA, today. If you do the math, there are 450 roster spots in the NBA. So essentially they are saying Josh should not be in the NBA with a rank of 484. That's the bad. The good? He is in the NBA and the rankings don't mean anything. More good? There are plenty of players on the list that "don't belong" in the NBA, but are still in the league.
Recently, I had a catastrophic issue with this blog. I updated my database to "speed up" the site and ended up losing all my data. I did what I thought was the right thing by backing up the database before I upgraded, but the back up didn't take. Unfortunately, I realized this too late and lost a large majority of posts over the past 2 years. I was able to save some posts from the Wayback Machine. I was quite discouraged with the situation. Especially with all the things that are happening with Josh's career.
Since the crash, Josh has joined a new team, the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies grabbed him off of waivers from the Dallas Mavericks. This means that the Grizzlies pick up the exact same contract that he had under the Dallas Mavericks. So he is still non-guaranteed until December 1st, which he will then turn into a guaranteed player. Although, the contract is still unfortunate, it is a good sign overall. Most teams don't pick up players off of waivers if they don't have an interest in them. There are other signs that they see value in Akognon. Recently, they traded Tony Wroten to the 76ers. Hal Brown from Beale Stree Bears believes this shows their interest in keeping Akognon.
It was bittersweet for Josh Akognon fans. Josh had a decent game, scoring 10 points on 4-13 shooting, 2-6 from downtown, 6 rebounds, 1 assists, and 1 steal, but left the 3rd quarter limping. It's been reported that Josh will miss the next game.
There wasn't a repeat performance of the Charge's first game against the Erie Bayhawks. The Bayhawks learned their lesson and started doubling Josh every time he touched the ball. Josh ended the game with 10 points on 3-9 shooting 0-2 from downtown and 4-4 from the line. Josh also had 1 rebound, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
The Charge's next game is Friday, April 13th, 2012.
For news and stories on Josh please visit the news section of the site.
Please disregard the last video. It looked like it was filmed with a Polaroid camera. Here is the link for the NBA Futurecast archives.
The Canton Charge have seen their investment payoff and quickly. The Charge needed to have a quick output from their newly acquired guard, our Josh Akognon. Last game it seemed as if that wasn't the reason they drafted him, giving him only 12:34 minutes of playing time. The Charge needed only one more game to clinch a playoff spot. This is the Charge's first season in existence, although they were a transport from New Mexico.
Josh lit up the score board scored a game high 33 on 12-19 shooting from the floor, 5-7 from downtown, and 4-4 from the line. Akognon also got 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. Josh got a total off 33 minutes in the game.
Nigerian Player of the Week
A few weeks ago Josh was named the top Nigerian player of the week for his play in the CBA playoffs. Link: http://www.africabasket.com/Nigeria/basketball.asp?NewsID=262566
All CBA 2nd Team
Asia-Basket.com came out with it's All-CBA honors list. Josh made the All-CBA 2nd team. Congrats! Link: http://www.asia-basket.com/China/basketball.asp?NewsID=266816
Josh played his first game in the NBA D-League! He got 12 minutes and 34 seconds of playing time. He scored 5 points on 2-7 attempts 1-2 from downtown, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Josh mostly played the shooting guard position when subbed in.
The Charge's next game is on Friday the 6th, @ 4PM PST. Watch the game here: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/d-league