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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Kevin McHale

Many of the fans now that have heard of Kevin McHale may think of him as a coach , but he was one of the best players you rooted against if you were not a Celtic s fan.

The Knick fan in me hates to admit this but…other than Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Mc Hale had the best post up moves that would drive you crazy because no matter how much you defended him…he scored . In his own words …McHale said:”When I was healthy, I always felt I could score,” McHale once told reporters. “When it went into what I called ‘The torture chamber,’ I knew it was in.”

Fellow NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said of McHale, “Kevin McHale’s the best player I played against because he was unstoppable offensively, and he gave me nightmares on defense.”

By his seventh pro season, McHale had rehearsed and refined his low-post moves and had become one of the NBA’s most dominant offensive forces, out-leaping, out-spinning and outmaneuvering defender after defender in his “torture chamber”. McHale was never better than in the 1986–1987 season, setting career highs in scoring (26.1) and rebounding (9.9). He also became the first player in NBA history to shoot sixty percent or better from the field (60.4%) and eighty percent or better from the free throw line (83.6%) in the same season. McHale was named to the All-NBA First Team, was named the NBA’s best defensive player by the league’s coaches, and finished fourth in the Most Valuable Player voting behind Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and teammate, Larry Bird.

McHale’s number 32 jersey was retired by the Celtics on January 30, 1994, during a halftime ceremony at the Boston Garden.

He was chosen one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players and was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Kevin McHale.

Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 17,335 (17.9 ppg)
Rebounds 7,122 (7.3 rpg)
Blocks 1,690 (1.7 bpg

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Robert Parish

He was known for his strong defense and jump shooting, and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, Parish was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. His nickname was The Chief, after the fictitious Chief Bromden, a silent, giant Native American character in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. According to Parish, former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell gave him this nickname because of his stoic nature. He played an NBA-record 1,611 regular season games in his career.

Parish was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. He had also been drafted by the Utah Stars in the 1973 ABA Special Circumstances draft and by the Spurs in the 1975 ABA draft. Parish signed with the Warriors. The Warriors were NBA Champions in 1975 (two seasons prior to Parish’s rookie season). However, when Parish joined the Warriors, their decline had begun, and they missed the playoffs completely from 1978 to 1980.

In a pre-draft trade, Celtics President Red Auerbach dealt the top pick and an additional first-round pick to the Warriors for Parish and the Warriors’ first-round pick, the third overall. With that pick, the Celtics chose Kevin McHale. The Warriors then selected Joe Barry Carroll with the first pick, whose career eventually was shortened by injuries, and whose perceived laziness earned him the moniker “Joe Barely Cares”.

The Celtics now had an imposing frontcourt consisting of Bird, Parish, Cedric Maxwell, and McHale. Parish compared his transition from Golden State to Boston in a televised quote where he jokingly said it was like going from an outhouse to a penthouse. Playing 14 years with the Celtics from 1980 to 1994, Parish won three NBA titles (1981, 1984 and 1986) teaming with Bird and power forward McHale. Parish, Bird and McHale came to be known as “The Big Three”. All three were named by the NBA to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and are regarded as one of the greatest frontcourts in NBA history.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …the Chief Robert Parish


Career history
19761980 Golden State Warriors
19801994 Boston Celtics
19941996 Charlotte Hornets
1996–1997 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 23,334 (14.5 ppg)
Rebounds 14,715 (9.1 rpg)
Blocks 2,361 (1.6 bpg

Cespedes Made for Big Moments in New York

As every New York fan knows regardless of the sport and the money , not everyone is made for the big moments in New York …but there are some who are like Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver , Bernie Williams and Mike Piazza…and then there is Yoenis Cespedes when hot can carry the Mets on his broad shoulders. Need proof? Lastnight’s Miami Marlins vs Mets should be proof enough…bottom of the 10th game tied at 1 with two outs then 1-1 pitch from Nick Wittgren …”He crushed it. It was one of those, the minute he got it off, you knew it was gone,”  Josh Smoker said. ”I was ecstatic. It was unbelievable.”

Yes it was …Big moment Big Stage for Yoenis Cespedes!

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bill Russell

If Chamberlain is the NBA’s most dominate player, Bill Russell is the NBA’s most dominate winner. Russell won 11 titles as a player and 2 as a coach …for a grand total of 13.

Russell is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history. He was listed as between 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), and his shot-blocking and man-to-man defense were major reasons for the Celtics’ success. He also inspired his teammates to elevate their own defensive play. Russell was equally notable for his rebounding abilities. He led the NBA in rebounds four times, had a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds, and remains second all-time in both total rebounds and rebounds per game. He is one of just two NBA players (the other being prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain) to have grabbed more than 50 rebounds in a game. Though never the focal point of the Celtics’ offense, Russell also scored 14,522 career points and provided effective passing.

Russell is one of only seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic Gold Medal.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Bill Russell.


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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Wilt Chamberlain

I looked in my files only to find out I never did an Old  School Tuesday on Wilt Chamberlain, so in all fairness today Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Wilt Chamberlain.

With all due respect to those who were big fans of  Shaq and Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain was the most dominate player in NBA history. Yes more dominate than LeBron James. In the 1961-62 season with the Philadelphia Warriors, Chamberlain  played 80 games 48.5 minutes played  and averaged 50.4 points per game and 25.7 rebounds per game. For his career Wilt Chamberlain averaged 30.1 points per game and 22.9 Rebounds per game. He wasn’t just a scorer, he was a excellent passer averaging 4.4 assist per game unheard of for a big man. He set records that are hard to imagine even by today’s standards. He led the league in rebounding 11 times, he is the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career. After the videos below check out his career stats and accomplishments. Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …spotlights …Wilt Chamberlain.


Career highlights and awards

NBA records

Career statistics
Points 31,419 (30.1 ppg)
Rebounds 23,924 (22.9 rpg)
Assists 4,643 (4.4 apg)

Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week …Ryan Lochte

We were robbed so says Ryan Lochte only to find out he mot only lied about being robbed but fled the country and nearly caused an international incident in the process. He maybe a great swimmer but not great at telling the truth or using sound judgment when supposedly going out and having a good time. This was as embarrassing as it could get for both the swimmer, the United States and the Olympics as a whole as it put a bad taste in the mouth in all concerned. The fact that his conduct was so bad over something so unnecessary should make the Olympic committee look into taking his medals away that he won. In case you are wonder what I am talking about …see below.

According to a published report in the New York Daily News the following happened…

Lochte, a gold medal winner, said his wallet was stolen as he and his three American teammates were returning to Rio’s Olympic Village in a taxi. They said they were robbed by men posing as police officers, adding the group initially didn’t contact the U.S. Olympic Committee because they were “afraid (they’d) get in trouble.”

The story made quick waves Sunday, especially after Lochte, 32, detailed the alleged encounter on the “Today” show. Lochte’s account has come under increased scrutiny since then.

Embarrassed Rio police said they have found little evidence to support the accounts, and a police source said they are unable to find the taxi driver or witnesses.

They interviewed Lochte and one other swimmer, who said they had been intoxicated and therefore couldn’t remember key details like the color of the taxi or when or where the robbery happened, according to police.

In addition, security footage reportedly shows the group passing through a checkpoint where Lochte jokingly hit Feigen on the head with his credentials.

“It was perceived that the supposed victims arrived with their physical and psychological integrity unshaken, even making jokes with each other,” Brazilian Judge Keyla Blank said.

Blank ordered that Lochte and Feigen’s passports be seized as police looked to question both men. Cops went to the athletes’ village, but the swimmers were gone.

“The swim team moved out of the village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available.”

Then details came to light that the story was fabricated. According to a published report…

Details of the alleged fabrication first came Thursday morning from ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman, who cited Brazilian authority sources claiming the existence of video footage showing a U.S. swimmer “breaking down” a bathroom door and “fighting” security at a gas station around the time the robbery allegedly occurred. Video footage of a verbal confrontation between the four U.S. Olympic swimmers and security at the gas station was released later Thursday by Brazil’s O Globo newspaper.

Later Thursday, the gas station owner told Brazil’s O Globo news the U.S. quartet urinated on his Shell franchise’s walls in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood at the time in question. Meanwhile, the British Daily Mail reported a security guard drew a gun at the swimmers after they drunkenly “destroyed a gas station toilet and refused to pay for the damage.” The swimmers then reportedly paid.

The video footage released by O Globo shows the four U.S. swimmers retreating into an alley on the property before returning to their taxi. At that point, someone approaches the vehicle, the swimmers get out, and they’re led to a landing outside the gas station, where they sit with their arms raised.

Did they get robbed as they claimed or was this a cover story to hide their drunken behavior? At this point as more details come out this whole mess could have been avoided by telling the truth  as a consequence how embarrassing would it be for Lochte and the others to lose their medals for this?

Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday…Charles Oakley

Patrick Ewing was the franchise for the Knicks but Charles Oakley was the backbone for the team. He did the dirty work.

Oakley was drafted with the 9th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his draft rights were traded to the Chicago Bulls. Oakley provided another scoring option and steady offensive and defensive performances to an up-and-coming Bulls squad led by Michael Jordan. He also assumed the role of the team “cop” whose duty primarily was to protect young Jordan against cheap shots and roughhousing tactics of opposing players. Oakley earned All-Rookie Team honors in 1986.

With the drafting and development of Horace Grant, the Bulls traded Oakley to the New York Knicks for 7’1″ center Bill Cartwright. Oakley eventually became a part of the core which the Knicks built around, which also featured Patrick Ewing,John Starks, and point guard Mark Jackson. During the Knicks’ 1994 season, which included a record 25 playoff games, Oakley started every regular season and playoff game for a record 107 starts in a single season. During his tenure with the Knicks, Oakley was primarily known as a defensive specialist.

In 1998, Oakley was traded by New York to the Toronto Raptors for blossoming star Marcus Camby. For the Raptors, he provided a veteran presence to a young team that included Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights…Charles Oakley.

Career history
As player:
19851988 Chicago Bulls
19881998 New York Knicks
19982001 Toronto Raptors
2001–2002 Chicago Bulls
2002–2003 Washington Wizards
2004 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 12,417 (9.7 ppg)
Rebounds 12,205 (9.5 rpg)
Assists 3,217 (2.5 apg)

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