EL SEGUNDOJamaal Tinsley wants to make one thing absolutely clear: despite his past - good and bad - there's no reason to feel sorry for him.
The former NBA point guard with career averages of 9.8 points, 6.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.59 steals in 436 games over eight seasons with Indiana and Memphisand a reputation for troubling off-court incidents - is once again a team leader, now with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.
The D-League is usually the firstand often the laststep for marginally-talented players with professional aspirations. For a player with Tinsley's pedigree to be in the league is nothing short of startling, even if he's trying to repair a reputation and resurrect a career. No matter the circumstances, it's a universe removed from the actual NBA.
Instead of playing his games in American basketball palaces and taking on the likes of Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo - or even playing in Europe - Tinsley will play his home games ...