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James Lang - C, 6'10, 285
Retired - Retired in 2009
       Date of birth: 10/17/1983
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 48th pick, 2003
     Out of: Central Park Christian HS
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Right

From blog:

   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 38

- James Lang

Lang never lived up to his draft spot. Drafted in the second round 7 years ago, Lang has spent his time since then in America, bouncing between the D-League and occasional NBA stints. He played briefly in Spain and very briefly in Israel, but has spent most of his time in the D-League, not really doing much developing.

However, his career took a tragic turn back in November, when he suffered a life-threatening stroke just after being released by the Utah Flash for health reasons. Lang was suffering from fatigue before the stroke, which is why he was waived; what no one knew at the time was that it was a precursor to this. All strokes are serious business, but Lang's was particularly bad, leaving him partially paralysed (although hopefully only temporarily) and unable to speak. The internet carries no news of his condition after December. I hope he's all right.

His final tweets just before the stroke are ominous precursors.

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   Bookkeeping The Retired Guys, 2013 Edition

James Lang - Cannot be traced since his 2009 stroke. Hope he's all right.

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   James Lang suffers severe stroke

From a tweet from Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen, former Hornets, Wizards and Hawks big man James Lang has just had a "severe" stroke.

Flash Fans please keep 3 year center James Lang in your thoughts and prayers. James suffered a severe stroke just after Thanksgiving.

James has always been a fan and player favorite. He is fighting to pull through.


Lang spent last season with the Flash, averaging 6.4ppg and 4.1rpg, and was named as one of their returning players this season last month. However, he was waived out of training camp on November 18th due to "injury."

Little did we know.

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