Lance Allred

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Lance Allred
Lance Allred 1.jpg
Personal information
Born (1981-02-02) February 2, 1981 (age 38)
Pinesdale, Montana
NationalityAmerican / Mexican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High schoolSalt Lake East
(Salt Lake City, Utah)
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–2016
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
2005SPO Rouen Basket
2006JL Bourg-en-Bresse
2006Club Bàsquet Llíria
2006–2007Idaho Stampede
2007Grises de Humacao
2007–2008Idaho Stampede
2008Cleveland Cavaliers
2008–2009Idaho Stampede
2009Scavolini Pesaro
2010Idaho Stampede
2010Maroussi Athens
2010–2011Utah Flash
2011Trotamundos de Carabobo
2011Otago Nuggets
2011–2012Kyoto Hannaryz
2012–2013Fuerza Regia
2013Trotamundos de Carabobo
2013–2014Halcones de Xalapa
2014Al Rayyan Doha
2014–2016Leones de Ponce
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Lance Collin Allred (born February 2, 1981) is the first legally-deaf player in NBA history, international inspirational speaker, author and TEDx star of "What is Your Polygamy?" He is a Mexican American former professional basketball player.[1] Allred is deaf, with 75–80% hearing loss.[2][3][4] He is the first legally deaf player in National Basketball Association history.[3] To improve his hearing, he wears a hearing aid.[4] His autobiography, Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, was published by Harper Collins.

Early years[edit]

Allred was born in Pinesdale, Montana, a fundamentalist Mormon Polygamist Commune. He is the grandson of Rulon C. Allred, a prophet of the Apostolic United Brethren, a fundamentalist polygamous sect. Rulon was born in Colonia Dublán, Chihuahua, Mexico, which allowed Allred to receive Mexican citizenship. However, Allred's family became disenchanted with the group. They moved to Salt Lake City when he was seven, and completely broke away from the church six years later.[2] He did not play organized basketball until eighth grade, when he joined a team in the local LDS Church league.

Allred's skills developed quickly, and with his tremendous height (nearly seven feet), he was a star basketball player at East High School in Salt Lake City. During his senior year, he averaged 17.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game, earning many prestigious honors for his performance. He was named 1999 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Utah, and earned First Team All-State selection in Class 4A by both The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Also, Allred was ranked as the "Best in the West" at the center position by Pac-West Hoops, and was hailed as a Top 100 Recruit by CNN/Sports Illustrated. He was heavily recruited by many schools, but ultimately decided to attend the University of Utah.

Basketball career[edit]

College career[edit]

Allred saw limited action as a freshman at Utah. He played in just 17 games, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in only 5.6 minutes per game. The following season (2001–02), his playing time increased slightly, but he continued to struggle. At the end of his sophomore year, he transferred to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. After transferring, Allred accused Utah coach Rick Majerus of constant verbal abuse, usually focused on Allred's deafness.[5] Allred told The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus had once said: "Lance, you've weaseled yourself through life using your hearing as an excuse. You're a disgrace to cripples.[2] If I was a cripple in a wheelchair and saw [the way] you play basketball, I'd shoot myself."[5] Two other Utah players confirmed some of what Allred claimed, but two assistant coaches said they never heard it.[5] Majerus denied the allegations while describing the statements as "extremely insensitive." An investigation concluded that Majerus did not discriminate against Allred.[5]

Allred found new hope and motivation at Weber State. With increased playing time as a junior, he averaged 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. He worked hard in the offseason, building enough muscle to increase his weight from 240 pounds to about 270. His senior year (2004–05) was spectacular: he led his team with 17.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. He ranked third in the nation in rebounding, trailing only Paul Millsap and Andrew Bogut. He almost single-handedly carried Weber State to the championship game of the Big Sky Conference Tournament (where the Wildcats lost by two points) . For his efforts, he was named First Team All-Big Sky and also First Team All-Utah by the Deseret News.

Professional career[edit]

Allred in the Cleveland Cavaliers locker room

Allred began his professional career as an injury replacement for the French LNB club SPO Rouen Basket. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 11 games played. In January 2006, Allred was an injury replacement for another LNB club, JL Bourg Basket. In four games he averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. Allred then played for Club Bàsquet Llíria of the Spanish LEB2 league, averaging 15.0 points (on 60.2% shooting) and 7.2 rebounds in 10 games.[6]

In 43 games (19 starts) with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, Allred averaged 10.1 points on .524 shooting, and 5.7 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game.[7]

In 38 games (all starts) with the Idaho Stampede, Allred averaged 16.2 points on 51.2% shooting, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 29.6 minutes per game. He was named to the 2008 D-League's Red All-Star Team and was also the winner of the D-League's Dream Factory Friday night inaugural game of H.O.R.S.E. He won the game with expert use of the back board (all of his shots were bank shots) and claimed the first official H.O.R.S.E. title awarded in about 30 years.[8]

On March 13, 2008, the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers signed Allred to a ten-day contract.[9] Allred missed his only field goal attempt during 18 seconds of action in his debut for the Cavaliers on March 17, 2008. Allred is the first legally deaf player in NBA history.[3] On March 25, 2008, the Cavaliers signed Allred to a second ten-day contract.[10] On April 4, Allred was signed for the remainder of the 2007–08 season.[11]

After entering training camp with the Cavaliers for the 2008–09 season, he was released after playing in the preseason debut against the Toronto Raptors, where he made 1 rebound and blocked 1 shot in 4 minutes and 10 seconds of play.

Allred began the regular season outside the NBA, with a return to the Idaho Stampede. Allred signed with Italian NSB Napoli during the summer of 2009.[12] In October he signed a 60-day contract with Scavolini Pesaro.

In January 2010, he returned to Idaho to play the remainder of the season with the Idaho Stampede.[13]

In 2011, Allred played for the New Zealander Otago Nuggets of the National Basketball League.[14] He then signed with Kyoto Hannaryz, in Japan for the 2011–12 season.

In 2012, Allred signed with Fuerza Regia of Mexico.[15]

National team career[edit]

Allred joined the Mexico national team for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.[16][17]

Career after basketball[edit]

Lance Allred speaking at TEDx Salt Lake City 2016.

After his final season in Puerto Rico, with Leones de Ponce, Allred retired from basketball and established his own LLC, L Squared Productions, and quickly established himself as an up-and-coming keynote motivational speaker and prominent television and radio sports analyst within his home state of Utah. In August 2015, Allred was asked to join the American Program Bureau, the oldest speakers' bureau in the world. The following month, in September, Allred mass released his second book, Basketball Gods: The Transformation of the Enlightened Jock, on Amazon, in Kindle format, and it quickly rose to #1 in three separate categories. Allred is now a full-time keynote motivational speaker, traveling the country to speak to corporations, conventions, non-profits and schools, with an emphasis on: leadership, perseverance and grit. On September 17, 2016, Lance was the opening speaker at TEDxSaltLakeCity, with his presentation, "What is your Polygamy?".[18] reaching 1 millions views in less than 2 months. In March 2017, Allred released his third full-length book, How to Give the Million View TEDx Talk: What is Your Polygamy?

Personal notes[edit]

  • Allred is currently writing two books, a 14th-century historical novel and a Victorian satire.[19]
  • His autobiography was published during 2009: Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA.[20] Two years in the works, it focuses on his early years in a polygamous sect, overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder, and prevailing over legal deafness to reach the NBA.
  • Allred's father is a high-school history teacher.[2]
  • He competed in the 2002 World Deaf Basketball Championship in Athens, Greece, leading Team USA to a second-place finish.

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2007–08 Cleveland 3 0 3.3 .250 .000 .500 .3 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Career 3 0 3.3 .250 .000 .500 .3 .0 .0 .0 1.0

See also[edit]

  • Miha Zupan, a deaf Slovenian basketball player who also plays professionally alongside hearing people


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  3. ^ a b c "Cavs hoping to get big help". Archived from the original on March 17, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Big man Allred home at last with Cavs".
  5. ^ a b c d "Investigation finds Majerus did not discriminate". January 22, 2004.
  6. ^ "Lance Allred Basketball Player Profile, Leones de Ponce, Weber St., News, BSN stats, Career, Games Logs, Best, Awards - eurobasket".
  7. ^ "Lance Allred G-League Stats".
  8. ^ "Leading the H.O.R.S.E To Water". Archived from the original on 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  9. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers News Headlines". Cleveland Cavaliers.
  10. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers News Headlines". Cleveland Cavaliers.
  11. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers News Headlines". Cleveland Cavaliers. Archived from the original on April 7, 2008.
  12. ^ Allred’s basketball journey takes new path. August 23, 2009. Retrieved on September 9, 2009.
  13. ^ "Karl, Allred to run with Stampede again".
  14. ^ "Players". SportsTG.
  15. ^ "LANCE ALLRED SE UNE A FUERZA REGIA". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-30. Retrieved 2014-11-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "What is your Polygamy? – Lance Allred – TEDxSaltLakeCity". TEDxTalks. October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Cavalier Lance Allred never plays. But what other rookie grew up in a cult and is writing a Jane Austen satire?, page 2". Archived from the original on May 17, 2008.
  20. ^ " Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA (9780061718588): Lance Allred: Books".

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