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Douglas-Roberts doesn't let Nets' season discourage him
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
By Bill Sorrell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--When Chris Douglas-Roberts trusts in the Lord, everything falls in place.

Trust in the Lord, he said, was especially necessary with the kind of season he endured with the New Jersey Nets, who posted a dreadful 12-70 record and finished last in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

Defining it as a “learning experience,” Douglas-Roberts realized early that this type season wouldn’t last forever. A second-year player out of the University of Memphis, Douglas-Roberts averaged 9.8 points per game as a shooting guard.

“I won’t let it stop the big picture of knowing that I am a young player who has proven what he can do in the league,” he said. “If you just believe everything will be fine.”

For Douglas-Roberts, believing in prayer has been part of the faith he cultivated while growing up in a Christian home in Detroit. He has the words of Psalm 37:3-6 tattooed below his right shoulder.

“I was pretty much born into the faith, my whole family is Christian,” he said.

At Memphis, he was active in team chapel led by chaplain Ken Bennett. Douglas-Roberts said prayer is part of his game plan.

“I pray every day because I know if it wasn’t for the Lord, I wouldn’t be in this position,” he said. “He has given me the ability and opportunity to reach my dream. I feel like praising Him. It is a no-brainer. It is as cut and dried as that. He is able to do any and everything for you. Tough times won’t last forever. Don’t let tough times affect what you believe in.”

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