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Zabian Dowdell’s Journey: 10 Days to Live

Here is a great article from Sports Illustrated on Zabian Dowdell’s life and his 10 day contract with the Phoenix Suns:

Dowdell Article in SI: 10 Days to Live


  • Dowdell wrote a letter to himself when he was in high school saying he was going to make the NBA… he did.
  • He wore #22 with the Suns to honor Jamon Gordon (playing in Greece).
  • The Suns claim he’ll get another shot when they get home from their road trip… well, they are back home tonight and he hasn’t been resigned yet.
I’ll let you read the rest yourself.  If you were around when Dowdell was here, it is a great article and makes you root for the guy even more.  Oh, and Vince Carter is a jerk.

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6 Responses to “Zabian Dowdell’s Journey: 10 Days to Live”

  1. HB says:

    Thanks for this…this is a must read for any Hokie whether you follow basketball or not. Aside from being one of the best guards VT has ever had, he was part of Seth’s first teams that made us relevant in the Big East and then competitive in the ACC, when everyone thought we’d never compete. Dowdell’s performance at Carolina that night when we beat them by 1 in OT is one I’ll always remember.

  2. King says:

    Fantastic article. Zabe’s got a great attitude. Hope he gets another shot. But if he doesn’t, he should go get paid in Europe!

  3. Smitty (Hokie in FL) says:

    Great Story. He’s right there, with his fingernails digging into the cliff edge. I hope he gets another 10 day contract. He deserves it.

  4. Mr.Obvious says:

    passed on $750,000.00??????? Wow.

  5. Steve says:

    Just read on NBA channel ticker that Dowdell was signed to another 10 day contract today. He deserves it! I hope he can stick for the rest of the year.

  6. RK in Roanoke says:

    Niemo – thanks for sharing the article. I watched the whole blowout just so I could watch Z. Really rooting for him as he is definitely one of the good guys. I’d like to see him play the next 10 years in the league, then come back and coach at VT.


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