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.