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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Paul Silas


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In the NBA, Silas collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds during his distinguished 16-year career, played in two All-Star games, and won three championship rings (two with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and 1976, and one with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979). He was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team twice, and to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team three times.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Paul Silas.

Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 11,782 (9.4 ppg)
Rebounds 12,357 (9.9 rpg)
Assists 2,572 (2.1 apg)
Career history
As player:
19641969 St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks
19691972 Phoenix Suns
19721976 Boston Celtics
1976–1977 Denver Nuggets
19771980 Seattle SuperSonics

 

 

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Paul Silas


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In the NBA, Silas collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds during his distinguished 16-year career, played in two All-Star games, and won three championship rings (two with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and 1976, and one with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979). He was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team twice, and to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team three times.

 

Career history
As player:
19641969 St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks
19691972 Phoenix Suns
19721976 Boston Celtics
1976–1977 Denver Nuggets
19771980 Seattle SuperSonics

 

ights and awards
Career statistics
Points 11,782 (9.4 ppg)
Rebounds 12,357 (9.9 rpg)
Assists  

 

 

 

 

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Lonnie Shelton


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Lonnie Shelton has the misfortune in my opinion of being the center most often compared to the Knick Captain  Willis Reed size build and a nice shot made Knick fans drool at the prospect of Shelton being another Willis Reed. Shelton wasn’t Willis Reed and he had problems staying out of foul trouble which hurt his playing time but he was quick for a man his size and more than held his own.  One game I remember watching is when the Knicks played the Detroit Pistons in Detroit veteran center Bob Lanier welcomed young Lonnie Shelton to the NBA by blocking his shot, ok rookie got served right? Next time down the floor it was the youngster that got back at the veteran and blocked Bob Lanier shot in return. That showed me something.

Shelton was drafted by the Memphis Sounds (soon to become the Baltimore Claws) of the American Basketball Association in 1975 but elected to stay in college. He was then selected by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft.

Shelton stayed with the Knicks for 2 seasons, later playing 5 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics and finishing his career playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers for 3 seasons. Shelton led the NBA in personal fouls in his first two seasons with New York. In 1979, his first season with the SuperSonics, Shelton was the team’s starting power forward and helped the SuperSonics win the NBA Finals. Shelton was one of three SuperSonics represented in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game (along with Jack Sikma and Gus Williams) and was named to the NBA’s 1982 2nd All-Defense Team.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Lonnie Shelton.

Career history
19761978 New York Knicks
19781983 Seattle SuperSonics
19831986 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 8,049 (12.0 ppg)
Rebounds 4,136 (6.1 rpg)
Assists 1,459 (2.2 apg)

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Kevin Porter


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Welcome back to this week’s Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday as we go back in time and spotlight some of the best players from the past. This week we spotlight among others…Kevin Porter.

Porter was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 3rd round as the 39th pick of the 1972 NBA draft. In his second year, he led the league in personal fouls with 319. While he would receive 320 the next year, he won his first of four assist titles (with 8.0 per game) in 1975. That season was one in which the Bullets reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors. Not soon after, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons for Dave Bing and a 1977 1st round draft pick, which was used to select Tree Rollins. He would suffer a knee injury in his second season with the team that limited him to 19 games.

In the early start of his third season with the Pistons, he was traded with Howard Porter and cash to the New Jersey Nets for Al Skinner, a 1978 2nd round draft pick (used to select Terry Tyler) and a 1979 2nd round draft pick (used to select Tony Price). On February 24, 1978, Porter had 29 assists in a game against the Rockets while with the Nets. He also had 14 points and 5 rebounds in a season the led to his 2nd assist title, with 10.2 per game. The record would stand until Scott Skiles tallied 30 assists on December 30, 1990.

After the season, he was traded back to the Pistons for Eric Money. In that season, he won his third assist title, with 13.4 per game. He had a 30 point-25 assist game, on March 9, 1979.Additionally he was the first player to record over 1,000 assists in a single season. It would be five years before another player would record over 1,000 assists.

After that season, he signed as a veteran free agent with the Washington Bullets. The Detroit Pistons would receive a 1980 1st round draft pick (which ended up with Golden State, who selected Rickey Brown with that pick) and a 1982 1st round draft pick (Used to select John Bagley) as compensation for his departure. Porter would play 2 games in the playoffs that year and garnered 9 assists as the Bullets fell in the First Round. The following year, he had 9.1 assists per game, which was enough to win his final assist title. However, during training camp before the 1981 season, he snapped his Achilles tendon, missing all of that season. He only played 11 games of the next season, having only 4.2 assists per game. On January 18, 1983, he was waived by the Bullets. When he retired in 1983, he had accumulated 5,314 career assists (good for 49th all time) and 7,645 career points, while also being 14th all time in career assists per game and 13th in assist percentage at 37.5. Notably, of the top 50 in career assist leaders, he played the fewest games (659). Despite leading the league in assists per game four times, he was never selected to an All Star Game. Only five players have won more assists titles than Porter, and three of them are in the Hall of Fame (Stockton, Cousy, and Robertson) while two aren’t eligible yet (Nash and Kidd).

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights Kevin Porter.

Career history
19721975 Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets
19751977 Detroit Pistons
1977–1978 New Jersey Nets
1978–1979 Detroit Pistons
19791983 Washington Bullets
1983 Toyota Super Corollas
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,645 (11.6 ppg)
Rebounds 1,179 (1.8 rpg)
Assists 5,314 (8.1 apg)

Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week…Terrell Owens


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I might be in the minority but I truly believe a person’s reputation either helps you or hurts you if you are looking to achieve certain things in life, such as a promotion on your job , you can be good maybe even the best but if your rep is that you are a jerk ask what people will remember most about you, your skills or your behavior? It is no different in my rant of this week. Terrell Owens was denied entry into Football’s Hall of Fame. Not because he wasn’t good enough , but because his reputation preceded him. His rep of being a jerk a thug a bad guy was so bad that writes felt he wasn’t worthy. Hall of fame isn’t about who was a choir boy I get that but if your rep is so bad that an exclusive club doesn’t want to offer you membership… then it is time to clean up your act. his stats are second only to Jerry Rice, his gutsy play in the Super Bow for Eagles on a bad leg was impressive downright heroic, yet his reputation is such that his on field exploits become second to his behavior with those who determine membership into the Hall of Fame. What’s a player like Owens to do? Instead of going to the airways and argue loudly about why he wasn’t voted in the Hall of Fame , maybe this would be the right time not to sulk or whine but to find out what do I need to do now to get voted in. Eventually Owens will get in the Hall of Fame, but carrying on like he is now isn’t going to help it’s going to hurt and take longer. He was asked though on a radio interview if he got voted in would he go to his induction… he said no! he was asked again giving a chance to maybe clean up his answer…he replied again no . When I make up my mind to do something I stick with it. So if you make up you mind not to go then why complain about not being voted in, in the first place?

Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …UConn Women


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UConn women have accomplished something even the  early 70’sUCLA Bruins were unable t accomplish win 100 games in a row. Who does that? the UConn women do now. They own the record the are in the history books.100 wins in a row!!!

I heard a talk show host on the radio ask out loud if Geno Auriemma would have been able to pull this off in the men’s division, probably not but that is a silly question, because all it serves to do is minimize this accomplishment. 100 wins in a row is just that 100 wins in a row regardless of whether it is in the men’s or women’s division of college basketball. Also think about this…no trip up on the way to 100 wins, at some point even as good as a team as UConn would get tripped along the way to 100 wins, the UCLA Bruins had their streak stopped at 88 wins and that was impressive.  UConn hasn’t lost a game since November of 2014 (against Stanford) and that took overtime.

So I am not going to minimize the UConn Huskies accomplishment in fact just that opposite. Congratulations UConn Huskies on a impressive winning streak . Keep it going!

 

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday


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Welcome back to Trivia Thursday. How did you do with this weeks question?

 

Only 4 players in MLB history has hit 40 homeruns and stole 40 bases in a season. Who was the first player to reach that milestone?

While all four players on the poll have hit 40 homer runs and stole 40 bases, the first player to do it in Major league history is …Jose Canseco in 1988 with 42 home runs and 40 steals.Image result for jose canseco is the first to hit 40 homer runs and steal 40 bases