In 2006, he became the first player from Switzerland to play in the NBA, and in 2013, he was labelled the best Swiss basketball player of all-time by Swiss newspaper Freiburger Nachrichten. Sefolosha is listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Rockets due to left hip soreness. On February 19, 2009, the trade deadline, Sefolosha was traded by the Bulls to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Denver's 2009 first-round draft pick, which Chicago used to draft Taj Gibson. Sefolosha has been dealing with an illness lately, but he's finally healthy enough to play. [13], On September 23, 2019, Sefolosha signed a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets.[14][15]. Regardless of his availability, the 35-year-old is unlikely to play a significant role for Houston, having averaged only 6.1 minutes in seven December appearances. The 34-year-old saw a spike in playing time Monday with Derrick Favors (back) sitting out and Jae Crowder (quadriceps) exiting early, so it wouldn't be surprising if Sefolosha dropped below 20 minutes if either or both injured players are ready to play Wednesday in Phoenix. Thabo Patrick Sefolosha (/ ˈ t ɑː b oʊ ˌ s ɛ f ə ˈ l oʊ ʃ ə /; born May 2, 1984) is a Swiss-South African professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He's been cleared to play and will presumably receive close to the 15 minutes of workload he saw in Game 1. [21] On October 9, a Manhattan jury found him not guilty of all three misdemeanor charges: obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Sefolosha generated 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3Pt), three rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes Monday in the Jazz's 111-102 win over the Hornets. Sefolosha will get the start in Wednesday's game against the Suns, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports. Sefolosha scored just three points in 15 minutes off the bench in Game 1 against Houston, and he emerged from the outing with some soreness in his left hip. Sefolosha (illness) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Golden State. On April 8, 2015, Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antić were arrested outside a nightclub in New York City for allegedly interfering with police after Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers was stabbed in the abdomen following an argument. Sefolosha has been one of several free agents working out at the Rockets minicamp in Las Vegas and has turned that into a contract offer. He's eager to get after it. Sefolosha's agent and the team president could not reach an agreement on a new contract, so Sefolosha signed with Italian team Angelico Biella. He has also played in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, and Utah Jazz, in the Turkish Basketball League for the Fenerbahçe, in France for Élan Chalon, in Italy for Angelico Biella, and in Switzerland for Vevey Riviera Basket. Playing time was up across the board for most of the Rockets' supporting cast, as Houston was without three big-minute regulars in James Harden (thigh), Russell Westbrook (rest) and Clint Capela (heel). Thabo Sefolosha bio, stats, and video highlights. © 2020 ESPN Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Houston listed Sefolosha as doubtful in advance of the contest, so his inactive status doesn't come as much of a surprise. [18], The prosecution offered Sefolosha a plea bargain, which would have involved a dismissal of the charges after six months, but Sefolosha refused it on September 9, 2015, even though his attorney, Alex Spiro, urged him to take it. In his youth, he has visited and lived in several countries. Sefolosha (illness) is available for Saturday's game against the Nets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. In 45 appearances this year, Sefolosha's averaging 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11.0 minutes. We were supposed to reach an agreement, but when my agent and the president started talking, they couldn't agree on a contract. [20] Sefolosha's court hearing was set on October 5, 2015. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. [2], Sefolosha spent his first year in Chalon-sur-Saône playing with the junior under-21 squad, which traveled alongside the senior club. Sefolosha (illness) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Kings, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. [4] In an article on Bulls.com, Sefolosha was quoted saying "I was certainly surprised (at the draft) when someone came up and said that I was the next to be picked. [16] During the altercation, the NYPD officers broke Sefolosha's right leg, shutting him down for the rest of the season. Sefolosha contributed nine points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three rebounds, two steals and one assist in 26 minutes Monday in the Rockets' 126-117 win over the Jazz. [2], The following season, Sefolosha earned a starting spot on the senior team, which he helped lead to a third-place finish in the French league, where his team advanced to the playoffs semifinals. [24], In October 2017, Sefolosha revealed that he saved a woman the previous month from drowning while he and his family were on a rafting trip down the Provo River. You can tell he likes to play defense, too. Sefolosha not only has a history of playing with James Harden and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, but he should also be a good fit schematically in Houston. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. Sefolosha signed a one-year, minimum contract with the Rockets on Friday, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The team should have an update on his status closer to tip. But a few minutes later he came back and told me that not only was I going to be picked, but that I was going to be traded to Chicago, which really got me excited. Sefolosha will miss Monday's matchup, though his absence shouldn't have much of an impact on Houston's rotation. The 35-year-old is averaging only 6.1 minutes over seven games in December. The following year (2002–03), he earned a rotation spot on the senior club, where he played 30 games and averaged 4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist per game. Sefolosha on 'exciting time' for Jazz under Mitchell, Noel, Sefolosha suspended for drug violation, Jazz's Sefolosha opts for right knee surgery, Report: Jazz's Sefolosha (MCL) possibly done. West Semifinals - Game 5, LAL WIN SERIES 4-1. Sefolosha missed Monday's game due to the illness and is on track to miss his second straight contest. Sefolosha posted 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five steals, four rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes in Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Lakers. During the season, he averaged 9.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal in 30.7 minutes per game. [25], "Sefolosha" redirects here. They wanted to keep me, but at the same time I had this offer from Italy. Sefolosha said Wednesday that he won't participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Sefolosha had played in only four of the Rockets' seven games before the ailment surfaced, averaging six minutes in those appearances. Sefolosha was averaging only 9.3 minutes in the Rockets' prior five games and failed to leave the bench on one of those occasions. [8] On April 9, he was ruled out for the rest of the regular season due to a fractured tibia suffered while being arrested by members of the New York City Police Department. [6] He played 7 matches with Fenerbahçe Ülker during the 2011–12 Euroleague season. [5] Sefolosha was selected to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team for the 2009–10 NBA season. ... Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores 32 as the Lakers get the win over the Jazz, 113-109. "[2], Former Bulls head coach Scott Skiles cited Sefolosha's wingspan and past pro basketball experience as reasons why the Bulls were interested in him. Sefolosha will receive his first start of the season, taking over at power forward in place of Derrick favors, who's out with a back injury. In seven appearances this month, he's averaging 1.3 rebounds in 6.1 minutes. [19] Sefolosha said that he wanted to let the case proceed to trial instead; at the same time, charges against Antić were dropped. Sefolosha swiped a season-high two steals while earning double-digit minutes for the seventh time in his last eight appearances. Sefolosha (illness) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Nets, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports. That's when I decided that the best thing for my career was to play in Biella. Sefolosha missed the last two games due to the illness and his status for Saturday's contest remains up in the air. Sefolosha is just getting some maintenance after he played Tuesday in the first leg of the Rockets' NBA Japan Games series with the Raptors. Sefolosha will miss his seventh game since the New Year. Yes, there was a little bit of trouble, but in the end it was OK."[3], Sefolosha was taken with the 13th pick of the 2006 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and promptly traded to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th pick (Rodney Carney), and cash considerations. I thought maybe he had made a mistake or something. Across eight February appearances, he's averaging 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 12.1 minutes.

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