Richard "Joey" E. Dorsey is an American professional Basketball player for the Rio Grande Valley of the NBDL. He was assigned to the Vipers by the National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets. He played college basketball for the University of Memphis Tigers. He is an interdisciplinary studies major. He is most famous for leading the Tigers to the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game with Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts during his senior year.

During both his sophomore and junior years on the team, the Tigers went to the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.

During the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Dorsey famously called Ohio State center Greg Oden "overrated as a big man," said that Oden "might be as good as Joey Dorsey," and called himself Goliath and Oden the "the little man." Dorsey also predicted a 20 rebound game for himself. The Buckeyes defeated the Tigers by a score of 92-76 and Dorsey finished with zero points and just four rebounds. In fact, Dorsey was so overmatched during the game that he was not able to even attempt a field goal in the 19 minutes he was on the court. As terrible as he was on the offensive end, he was as bad or worse on the defensive end. Dorsey's defensive duty was to guard Oden. Oden shot 7 for 8 from the field for 17 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds.

Latest NewsEdit

  • Dorsey has had to sit out of recent Houston Rockets games due to a foot injury. [1]


Joey Dorsey Senior Video - Memphis Tigers Basketball

Joey Dorsey Senior Video - Memphis Tigers Basketball

Joey Dorsey-Cam

Joey Dorsey-Cam

Senior tribute video for Joey Dorsey shown on the FedExForum videoboard Joey Dorsey interviews his Tiger teammates
Joey Dorsey at the 2008 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

Joey Dorsey at the 2008 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

Dorsey's massive windmill dunk v. Gongaza Joey Dorsey interviewed by Topps at the 2008 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot


  • Dorsey changed his number to 3 after Ben Wallace. [2]


Coach Cal [John Calipari] wants me to be Ben Wallace so bad, that I thought I might as well just go and be Ben Wallace. I gave in. Both coach Cal and Larry Brown -- he came down for a coaches' clinic -- kept saying, ‘Just be Ben Wallace. Get every rebound and dunk everything.’ So that's what I'm going to try to do. [2]

NBA careerEdit

Dorsey was chosen as the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. After the draft, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to the 25th pick, Nicolas Batum.

Sitting on the bench with a sprained ankle during a summer league game on July 19th against the Washington Wizards, and with seven seconds to play, he received a technical foul and got ejected while not even being in uniform for insulting opposing player Dee Brown. Trailing by three, Washington sank the free throw resulting from Dorsey's technical foul, and Brown tipped in the tying basket just before the final buzzer. The Wizards then went on to win the game in overtime.


External linksEdit

  1. Gameday: Wolves at Houston, Jerry Zgoda, February 6, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1's Luke Winn Interview With Joey Dorsey, Memphis Tigers Basketball blog. July 17, 2007.

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