Former Gator is taking a 2nd shot

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 1:17 a.m.
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Seattle SuperSonics' Luke Ridnour drives against Golden State Warriors' Anthony Roberson in the first quarter of a preseason basketball game Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in Spokane, Wash.

The Associated Press
With a new organization in a system better suited for his talents, former Florida point guard Anthony Roberson came into Golden State Warriors camp eager to prove he belonged.
"I prayed on it a lot," Roberson said. Prayers answered. After averaging 15.3 points per game in the preseason, Roberson made the 15-man roster and will be in uniform tonight when the Warriors open the season against the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Roberson arrived at Warriors camp last October with a clean slate after being waived over the summer by the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors are guided by veteran NBA coach Don Nelson, who is entering the first year of his second stint in Golden State. Roberson took to Nelson's up-tempo style right away, scoring 28 points in his second preseason game against the Denver Nuggets.
With starting Golden State guard Jason Richardson out this preseason while recovering from knee surgery last August, Roberson was able to receive steady playing time in the backcourt.
"It worked out pretty well," Roberson said. "I had the opportunity to play a lot of minutes, 25 to 30 minutes (a game). It gave me the opportunity to play hard and show what I can do. Playing in transition, it was good being able to go up and down the floor."
The 6-foot-2 Roberson, a two-time, All-SEC first-team point guard at Florida, left in 2005 after his junior season. He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies as an undrafted free agent and spent most of his rookie season bouncing between the parent club and the NBDL club in Arkansas.
With Golden State, Roberson had the opportunity this preseason to play some point guard, shooting guard and even small forward on occasion.
"We have a lineup where we can go small with four guards on the floor," Roberson said. "We have a lot of young, hungry players here that want to make a name for themselves in the league. We can't wait to get started."
Roberson said he hasn't received any assurances on playing time. He is projected to come off the bench with Dajuan Wagner behind starters Baron Davis and fellow Michigan native Richardson, who is expected to return tonight after two strong practices.
"I'm just taking it as it comes," Roberson said.
Roberson said he has some relatives on the west coast and is taking to the Oakland, Calif., area well after a year in Memphis. He also was happy to see Florida make its improbable run to its first national championship in school history last April.
"Amazing," Roberson said. "I was not with them physically, but I was there in spirit. Watching them work as hard as they did when I was there, they deserved it. To see the school that you went to win the national championship, I was happy for those guys. You feel like you're a part of it."
Roberson said he had no regrets about not returning as a senior for a chance at a national title. He left Florida second on the all-time 3-point field goals list with 267, behind Brett Nelson, and is currently the all-time school leader in free throw percentage at 86.4 percent.
"I made my decision," Roberson said. "At the time, I felt like it was the best decision. So I think it was meant to be. It was more happiness for those guys. I had my time in the spotlight. Now they have their time."
In other NBA developments involving former Gators, James White was cut from the Indiana Pacers earlier this week. The New Jersey Nets waived Matt Walsh after he averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in seven preseason games.
"It's a shame, because he probably had a better camp than he did last year, when he made the (Miami) Heat," said Walsh's agent, Jason Levien.
Levien said Walsh is looking into his options, which includes the possibility of playing overseas.
Gainesville native Orien Greene, who played for Florida from 2001-02 before transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette, made the Indiana Pacers roster out of camp. The Boston Celtics waived Greene last summer, but the 6-4 point guard was quickly claimed off waivers by the Pacers and signed a two-year contract.
Kevin Brockway can be reached at (352) 374-5054 or by e-mail at

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