When Richard Elmer "Joey" Dorsey last played in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors during the 2010-11 season, neither his numbers nor his departure from the league made a very big splash.
He's making that splash these days.
After putting up 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12 minutes over the course of 43 games, Dorsey showed his own version of the eurostep by leaping at the chance to sign with Caja Laboral in Spain. But now two years later, the undersized center and rebounding machine prone to breaking backboards for Olympiacos made major noise over the last week with reports that Dorsey is heading back to the NBA.
Apparently mounting frustration in Greece culminated with Dorsey taking to his Facebook page to unleash an emotional post that's cleared the way for, "my last game in Greece. I am out."
"First Of All To All My Fans An Friends I've Never Once In My Life Quit Or Gave Up On Anyone Or Anything I Haven't Decided If I Will Take The Deal From The NBA Team Yet Because I Love Athens," Dorsey wrote after the 79-61 home loss to Zalgiris Kaunas last week.
"I Will Have A Sit Down With My Coach Because This Isn't The Same Olympiacos Team From Last Year So Something Has To Change For Me To Stay.... #Decision #MyHeartIsHere #Athen #NBA [...] My Friend If You Were Watch The Game U Would See That In The First Quarter I Left The Game We Were Playing Defense (and) We Were Winning Then Guys Got Selfish (and) U Could See The Game Playing Into The Other Team Fav, I Don't Like When Guys Don't Play For The Team An Play For Them Self Or Don't Play Defense (and then) Coach Won't Take Them Out (and) The Defensive Player Of The Is On The Bench (and) We Down 20 Come On... #SMFH #Don'tWatchMeWatchTheT.V."
Olympiacos is now on a two games skid having also dropped a loss to Anadolu Efes and the defending champs sit at 1-2 in Euroleague play. Rob Scott over at EuroStep.net detailed the in-game fall out against Zalgiris in light of Dorsey's comments. Dorsey went scoreless with 5 rebounds and 2 turnovers in roughly 14 minutes in the defeat. On Friday, Dorsey did not attend practice with Olympiacos and it's believed the two sides will go their separate ways, despite a formal statement from either Olympiacos or Dorsey's representation on the alleged divorce.
If there is a legitimate offer on the table from an NBA team, there is an important part of business to attend to: Dorsey still has two-years left on his contract with a $150k buyout set for the 2013 offseason.
Rumors are circulating about who might be interested in Dorsey, with both the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder among the leaders. Dorsey worked out for the Boston Celtics back in June in an attempt to make a return to the NBA, but nothing materialized from the session and in August Dorsey extended with Olympiacos through 2014. After the Portland Trail Blazers drafted Dorsey in 2008, he was dealt to Houston as part of the Nicolas Batum trade and never really found a home in the league despite playing with both Sacramento and Toronto.
Last season in Greece, Dorsey -- who was named the best defender in the Greek League -- helped Olympiacos capture a Euroleague and Greek League championship and averaged 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 17 minutes per game (21 games) last season.
Still, there are a lot of unknowns in this story.
Is Dorsey indeed gone?
Did or will Olympiacos agree to release him from his contract?
Is there really an NBA offer on the table or is Facebook frustration speaking after a loss?
Olympiacos faces Ikaros Kallitheas on Sunday in Greek League action, so answers could start to fall in place then and become more clear regarding Dorsey's future in Greece.