Osipoff: E’Twaun Moore back home, hosting camp at East Chicago Central High School
By Michael Osipoff 713-2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @MichaelOsipoff June 25, 2014 9:02PM
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Third Annual E’Twaun Moore Basketball Camp
Who: Boys and girls entering fourth through ninth grades
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday (check-in/registration from 9 a.m. to 10 Friday)
Where: East Chicago Central High School
Cost: $60; $40 for East Chicago residents (proof required)
Information: mail email@example.com, call 440-2541 or visit etwaunmoorebasketball.com
Updated: June 26, 2014 2:06AM
A degree of uncertainty has been a consistent part of E’Twaun Moore’s NBA life.
Late second-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics. Limited role as a rookie with an experienced team. Traded in the offseason to the Houston Rockets. Waived within a week. Signed a two-year contract with the Orlando Magic about a month later. Down to the wire last summer if the second year of that deal would be fully guaranteed.
So, predictably, the East Chicago Central and Purdue graduate is taking his impending free agency in stride.
“If the opportunity presents itself to go back to Orlando, I’d be happy to go back,” Moore said. “We just have to see how everything plays out, see what the best situation is.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, probably know more after the draft (Thursday). I just have to keep improving, and let everything take care of itself. Control what I can control, and that’s what I do on the court.”
This past season, Moore averaged 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.1 minutes in 79 games (three starts) for Orlando, which finished last in the Southeast Division with a 23-59 record. His numbers generally were down from the 2012-13 season, but he upped his efficiency, shooting a career-best 42.8 percent from the field with a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
“This year was fine,” Moore said. “I stayed in the rotation, played my minutes. I just want to increase every year and be more productive.
“I was consistent in my game. I worked on my shot and, at the same time, took better shots. I worked on my ballhandling skills, my point guard skills got better. I improved, and I have to keep improving.”
After taking a vacation with friends to the Dominican Republic, Moore went back to work. He’s been in the region, enjoying some quality time with his family. He spent a couple of days last week at Purdue, and went to New York over the weekend.
Moore is back in the area this week, hosting the third edition of his youth basketball camp. He ran one earlier this month in Indianapolis with former Butler and current Atlanta Hawks guard Shelvin Mack, describing the camp in his hometown of East Chicago as “the main one, the one that really counts.” Moore is anticipating upward of 100 participants.
“I can’t wait for it,” he said. “It’s a fun time every year, interacting with the kids, sharing stories and experiences that I’ve had. I hope I can be an inspiration to them — if I can do it, they can too. Just teach them skills and I think they learn a lot, and just have fun — that’s the main thing for them.”