Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Apr 18, 2015

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

by Ed Odeven

Far from the bright lights and frenzied crowds at state-of-the-art NBA arenas, Melvin Ely plies his craft with determination and dedication half a world away. The Fresno State product, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, didn't (and ...

Basketball Feb 26, 2015

Ex-NBA big man Ely sparks Gunma in victory over Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Former NBA center Melvin Ely notched a double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Gunma Crane Thunders cruised past the visiting Saitama Broncos 75-61 in Thursday's series opener. The 36-year-old Ely had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulled down ...

Basketball Sep 13, 2014

Former NBA big man Ely joins Gunma Crane Thunders

by Ed Odeven

Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, has accepted a contract offer to play for the Gunma Crane Thunders for the upcoming season. Ely must pass a physical exam for the contract to be finalized. The Crane Thunders, who are entering their ...