UPDATE: Shackleford Gets Court-Appointed Attorney

A former NBA basketball player from the East remains locked up, unable to post bond after getting arrested on drug charges.

44-year-old Charles Shackleford was arrested in Kinston last week after police say he sold drugs to an undercover deputy. The Kinston Free Press says Shackleford does not have any assets left from his time playing in the NBA to hire an attorney or post bond. The paper said the judge assigned Shackleford a court-appointed attorney on Monday.

Shackleford is scheduled to appear in Lenoir County Court on Thursday for charges of passing a worthless check. His next court date for the drug charges is August 9.

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A two-week undercover operation has netted Lenoir County lawmen with the arrest of a former NC State and NBA basketball player who they say sold them prescription drugs.

Charles Shackleford of Kinston was arrested after selling approximately 150 Lortab pills to undercover Kinston police and Lenoir County deputies. Officers say they purchased the prescription pain killers in the vicinity of Fairgrounds Road and Highway 11-55.

The 44-year-old Shackleford was jailed on a $30,000 bond and has a first appearance Friday in Lenoir County district court.

Shackleford played collegiate basketball at North Carolina State University for 3 seasons (1985/86-1987/88). He was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the 2nd round (32nd overall pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft. He played in six NBA seasons as a forward-center for the Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets.

Shackleford's best year as a pro came during the 1989-1990 NBA season when he averaged 8.2 points per game in 70 games for the Nets. His best NBA game was a career high 26 Rebounds to go with a career high 23 Points at Milwaukee on 20 Feb 1990.

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  • by Kimberly Location: Jones on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    I Have 2 cases pending 1 in gates county north caroilna and a 2nd in hertford county north carolina. Gates denied me court appointed council and hertford gave me court appointed council i have no job and no property and am under dr. care what is wrong with this picture.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 28, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Bill, you misunderstood my point. WITN did have down several things about John Edwards reported. It's WHERE HE WENT TO COLLEGE they did'nt put down, unlike this K-Town thug.
  • by man Location: nc on Jul 28, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    no one know or even care about what he did in the past its what he has to do now to change his life when he was in the nba everyone loved him now he needs that love, all the people who dont no him talk down on him. If only you knew the good things he has done. The NBA doctors got him on those pills whos blamming them. You are in my prayers Shack forever a friend.
  • by NBA Is No Free Ticket on Jul 27, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    He only played 6 years in the NBA. One year in the Greek league. He was just an average player in the NBA and never got top pay. Greek teams probably payed less. Gotta invest wisely or you'll end up with nothing. Plenty of stars do drugs and get by...some fritter/squander their savings and end up on the street.
  • by GG Location: GV on Jul 27, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    How sad. From riches to rags. And Kinston has another drug dealer to deal with.
  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Jul 27, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    He can't help it, it's in his nature. Baykha!
  • by nick Location: farmvegas on Jul 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    Ha! That's what you get for wasting your talent. KARMA.
  • by lol Location: ktown on Jul 27, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    he looks like he's high off something in his mugshot, lol
  • by Karen on Jul 27, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    @Jimbo-I agree with you. But the system is designed to protest HIS rights and ensure he gets a fair trial. In a word...STUPID. @Mom-He may become a coach one day but he needs to find Jesus first, admit his mistakes and take responsibility for his actions. We don't owe him a living just because he threw his away.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Jul 27, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Great! This moron pee'd away more money than I, my children, or their children will ever see in our lifetimes and I have to help pay for his attorney to get him off so he can go back and spew more poison in the community. There's just something wrong with that.

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