Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday


How did you do with this week’s question? If you answered Basketball you are correct. Spud Webb’s career ranged from 1985 to 1997 and was best noted for winning the 1986 Slam dunk competition in the NBA. This was quite a feat since Spud Webb was only 5’6 in a league of men who wereContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Tracy McGrady


The NBA is filled with stories of High School kids who make the jump to the NBA without going to College. Moses Malone, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Bill Willoughby, Darryl Dawkins and Tracy McGrady. McGrady was drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA draft. He teamed up in 1998 with cousinContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Tracy McGrady”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bob Pettit


In 1954, the Milwaukee Hawks selected Pettit second in the first round of the NBA Draft after the Baltimore Bullets’ selection of Frank Selvy. With $100 in the bank, he signed a contract with Hawks owner Ben Kerner for $11,000 – an all-time high for an NBA rookie then. Pettit’s awkward ballhandling and a lackContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Bob Pettit”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Dominique Wilkins


  Best known as The Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins was a prolific scorer. His arsenal of dunks and moves oohed and ahed fans in the NBA. He played 11 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and led the NBA in scoring with 30 points per game in the 1985-86 season. If you were to fastContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Dominique Wilkins”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Joe Cardwell


Nicknamed “Pogo Joe” or “Jumping Joe” for his leaping abilities, Caldwell was a 6’5″ guard/forward from Arizona State University. Though drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1964, he spent the majority of his NBA career with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks franchise. After averaging 21.1 points per game during the 1969–70 NBA season, Caldwell jumped toContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Joe Cardwell”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Jack Givens


Givens earned Kentucky Mr. Basketball and Parade All-America honors after his senior year at Lexington’s Bryan Station High School in 1974. UK finished Givens’ freshman season as national runners-up, falling 92-85 to UCLA in the 1975 Final Four championship game. In 1978, Givens and Kentucky returned to the Final Four at the Checkerdome in SaintContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Jack Givens”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Paul Silas


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, andContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Paul Silas”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Walt Bellamy


In his final college game, Walt Bellamy set Indiana and Big Ten Conference records that still stand with 33 rebounds (and 28 points) in an 82-67 win over Michigan. Bellamy was named an All-American in both his junior and senior year (1960 and 1961). Bellamy was the first Hoosier taken No. 1 in the NBA draft andContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Walt Bellamy”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Maurice Cheeks


Maurice Cheeks was a underrated but an important player for the Philadelphia 76ers during the Dr. J era in Philly. Cheeks was solid at both ends of the floor offense and defense and played unselfishly keeping the stars of the team involved offensively. Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, includingContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Maurice Cheeks”