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F Chris Douglas-Roberts goes from out of NBA to key role player for playoff-bound Bobcats

FILE - In this April 14, 2014 file photo, Charlotte Bobcats guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (55) hits the game-winning shot against Atlanta Hawks' Louis Williams (3) and  Mike Muscala (31) as time expires in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. Douglas-Roberts has gone from being a midseason D-League pickup to an important player for the Bobcats, particularly in the fourth quarter.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

FILE - In this April 14, 2014 file photo, Charlotte Bobcats guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (55) hits the game-winning shot against Atlanta Hawks' Louis Williams (3) and Mike Muscala (31) as time expires in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. Douglas-Roberts has gone from being a midseason D-League pickup to an important player for the Bobcats, particularly in the fourth quarter.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)  (The Associated Press)

Chris Douglas-Roberts has gone from being out of the NBA at this time a year ago to being a pivotal role player for the Charlotte Bobcats entering the Eastern Conference playoffs.

That's a testament to the perseverance of the small forward.

Douglas-Roberts was teetering on the brink of being out of the NBA for good last year when the Dallas Mavericks cut him after he played in just six games. He spent the rest of the season unemployed and looking for work.

But he didn't get any calls.

That left Douglas-Roberts "really messed up" and "depressed."

Douglas-Roberts says "There were days where I just wanted to be in the room all day and sleep. I didn't want to talk to anyone. I lost my mind a couple of times. Honestly."