On March 13, the Cleveland Caveliers brought up Lance Allred from the lower leagues.
“You might say that the story of D-League Call-Up Lance Allred is slightly… different. For starters, he came out of Weber State. He’s white and slightly gawkish. He plays chess often, and has a passion for the game. And though he won’t talk about it, for fear of grandstanding, he also suffers from 80% hearing loss, rendering him partially deaf and forcing him to use hearing implants. And he’s certainly had his share of adversity. Through all of this, Allred has shared the same dream of many D-League players: Playing in the NBA.” Hardwood Paroxysm.
“I was told by a teacher that God had made me deaf as punishment because I wasn’t faithful in a pre-existence. Who tells a 5-year-old kid that?” http://mikeresponts.wordpress.com/2008/03/17/lance-allred-has-two-mommiesand-hes-deaf/