Tuesday November 27, 2012 | 05:29 AM

When the Maine Red Claws made their first round of cuts on Sunday, Nov. 28, guard Corey Allmond was on the team. Two days later, he sent out a tweet: "Can't wait till Friday to start the season."

He was released the next day.

At the time, the Red Claws said the final roster decision came down to Allmond and guard Raheem Singleton, formerly of the University of Maine.

Singleton was obviously pleased. He's a rookie. This is his first pro team. Maine played this past Friday and Sunday on the road. Singleton dressed out, but did not play.

On Monday, the Red Claws released him.

"It was a complete surprise," Singleton said in today's story in the Press Herald.

Pro sports are full of stories like this, at every level.

Red Claws point guard Shelvin Mack thought all was well as he prepped for his second NBA season with the Washington Wizards. But he was cut days before the opener.

"You can't control it," Mack said. "I felt like I did a great job, working in practice every day, being a great teammate."

Singleton knows the feeling.

The game is also a business. Tough lesson.

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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

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