Celtics Audition Keon Clark


Celtics Audition Big Men

June 19, 1998

If the Celtics keep the 10th pick in Wednesday's NBA draft, you can be sure they'll select a big man. Five players who are listed as centers or power forwards come to town today to work out for coach Rick Pitino: Keon Clark, a 6-foot-10-inch forward from UNLV; Notre Dame's Pat Garritty, a 6-9 forward; Baylor's 6-10 Brian Skinner; 6-9 Ansu Sesay from Mississippi; and Rashard Lewis, a 6-10 high school center from Texas. Michigan's 6-8 Robert "Tractor" Traylor was scheduled to visit today but had to change his plans.

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Lex said...

Arian Keon Clark (born April 16, 1975) is a former American National Basketball Association player.

After a collegiate career at two different junior colleges and UNLV, Clark was selected 13th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1998 NBA Draft but was traded to the Denver Nuggets. He began his professional career with Denver where he enjoyed a stable first three years in the NBA, improving steadily. Clark would go on to play for the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz. With the Jazz, he only played two games before being traded to the Phoenix Suns for whom he never played a game.

Clark has been plagued by personal problems since leaving the NBA. In 2006, he was due to stand trial in Illinois on marijuana and weapons charges, but never showed up for trial. U.S. Marshals found him boarding a bus in Houston, Texas and brought him back to Danville for trial. He was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, but the sentence was thrown out because he did not have a lawyer at the time of sentencing. At a hearing, Clark admitted that he was a recovering alcoholic who had been drinking for most of the time since high school. He added that he "never played a game sober" during his NBA career, and usually drank during halftime.[1]

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