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Ex-NBA Dumas Off Drugs

Former NBA player Richard Dumas vowed Monday to stay drug-free after avoiding a possible prison term on drug charges.

Tulsa County District Judge Thomas Gillert gave the 30-year-old Dumas a two-year deferred sentence for his guilty pleas to a felony charge of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor of possessing drug paraphernalia.

The judge warned Dumas that he could face prison time if he resumes using drugs.

Gillert ordered him to meet requirements that include submitting the results of routine urine analysis, continued treatment and counseling. If he meets the conditions of the deferred sentence, Dumas' record could be expunged, the judge said.

"The flip side is if you fall off the wagon you could be sentenced to the maximum this charge carries," Gillert said.

Dumas, who played at Oklahoma State before playing in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers, completed two months of substance abuse treatment prior to sentencing.

His lawyer, Bryce Kennedy, said Dumas could have faced as many as 10 years in prison.

Dumas said a major difference in current treatment compared with past rehabilitation attempts has been the use of medication to treat a chemical imbalance. He said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"I'm staying on my medication," he said. "I haven't felt this way in a long time."

The Tulsa native said he plans to stay in Enid, where he has been undergoing treatment, to be near a support group.

However, he has signed a contract to play with a professional basketball team in England. He said he is awaiting a work permit that could mean leaving for workouts later this month.

Dumas, whose basketball career has long been overshadowed by drug and alcohol abuse, left the courtroom saying he needed no more incentive than the judge's orders.

"I have to take care of myself which is what I'm choosing," he said.

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