LAS VEGAS – Robert Franks didn’t need to spend much time pondering the question when recently asked how he’d characterize his professional basketball career to this point.
“It’s been a roller coaster,” Franks said. “A lot of ups and downs.”
By mid-June, the former Washington State standout had already returned home to the United States following his first season overseas with the Brisbane Bullets of Australia’s National Basketball League. Not unlike most players with aspirations of getting to the NBA – or in his case, getting back there – Franks was closely monitoring a six-game Finals series between Boston and Golden State, unaware the Celtics would be calling him in two weeks’ time with a can’t-miss opportunity.
In a roundabout way, the ex-Coug was a beneficiary of Boston’s blockbuster trade in early July, which sent five players to the…