Langdon has last laugh on NBA (Basketball)

October 16, 2010
Trajan Langdon

At 34, Trajan Langdon of Anchorage has hinted that he might walk away from the game of basketball following his 12th professional season.

If he does, he got the last laugh on the two NBA teams that cut him.

Tonight he scored 14 points for Russian power CSKA Moscow in a 90-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who released him after three seasons in 2002.

Several years ago he bagged 17 points with his Turkish club Efes Pilsen in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, who released him after training camp in 2004.

No doubt, though, tonight’s victory was the sweetest revenge.

Like so many other pro athletes before him, Langdon burned his former club with an outstanding effort. This one came in his first trip back to Cleveland in eight years.

He scored his team’s first points on the night and provided the Russians their first lead late in the first quarter at 15-14.

His free throw right before halftime tied things at 47.

He hit a jumper to put CSKA Moscow up 70-63 on the final play of the third quarter and then converted an and-1 on the first play of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to double digits.

Langdon, of East High fame, scored 647 points in 119 career NBA games.

In Europe, the 6-foot-3 guard has netted more than 5,000 points in eight seasons en route to winning two Euroleague championships and earning Euroleague All-Decade honors.

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