Friday, March 11, 2011

Juan Dixon is Back

With his one-year FIBA suspension for a positive steroid test in the rear view mirror, Juan Dixon (1998-2002) is back playing basketball. Dixon signed this week to play for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu of Turkey's TBL. Banvit is currently tied for 2nd in the TBL, and is making a push to challenge the top team, Fenerbahce Ulker (home to Sarunas Jasikevicius) as the season comes down to the wire. Turkish sports site TajansSpor has as good a story as any on the signing (meaning that they're the only source I found that had more than two sentences copied from the newswire). (Google translation, with my own massaging of the translation below.) Plus, as a bonus, they have an action shot of Juan on a treadmill during his team physical.
An experienced player born in 1978, Dixon won an NCAA championship Maryland. After graduating from college, he played for the Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons NBA teams. Juan Dixon totaled 436 games during his NBA career and averaged 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

Dixon signed with Greek team Aris for the 2009-2010 season, then went to Unicaja Malaga in Spain. He now continues his career in Europe in the Beko Basketball League with Banvit BK.

BK general manager Turgay Çataloluk, is at Acibadem Hospital in London after the completion of health checks before the agreement could became official. "The inability of Antonio Graves to play shooting guard for a while because of injury hurt our team. At this point in the season, it is difficult to find quality players who can contribute immediately. But looking at Juan Dixon's career as a player, including his European experience, we think we might only need a short period of time to adapt to the regular season and play-off matches, and should quickly be a serious help to our team," he said.

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