Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Ard

Jim Ard? Who is Jim Ard you ask? He is best known as a role player and back up center for Dave Cowens with the Boston Celtics (1974-1977) I know many of the fans today think little of role players, but on every championship team some one other than the star or stars does theContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Ard”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Gus Johnson

A 6 ft 6 in, 235-pound  forward–center, Gus Johnson spent nine seasons with the Baltimore Bullets, and his final season was split between the Phoenix Suns and the Indiana Pacers of the ABA. One of the first forwards to frequently play above the rim, Johnson combined an unusual blend of strength, jumping ability, and speed; he was one of the first dunk shot artists inContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Gus Johnson”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Rick Robey

With college basketball’s NCAA’s tournament in full swing we are spotlighting 3 former members of the Kentucky Wildcats, Rick Robey, Jack Givens and Kevin Grevey. Robey starred at the University of Kentucky. At Kentucky Robey was a member of the team that won the 1978 NCAA Championship and the team that was the 1975 NCAAContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Rick Robey”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Xavier Mc Daniel aka the XMan

As a knick fan McDaniel is thought of fondly as being a key player that restored toughness to the Knicks in the one season he was with the Knicks. McDaniel was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round (4th overall) of the 1985 NBA draft and became an instant starter. He averaged 17.1 pointsContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Xavier Mc Daniel aka the XMan”

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…Charlie Scott

New York City product Charlie Scott  was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1970 but he had already signed a contract with the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Scott was named ABA Rookie of the Year after averaging 27.1 points per game. During his second season with the Squires, he set the ABA record for highestContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Charlie Scott”

Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week Jeff Horneacek

Phil Jackson finally hired a coach, was the hire the best hire no …Tom Thibeadeux would have been the best and right hire but I suspect egos would have been clashing from the moment a deal was struck until one of them was shown the door, but Jackson made a good hire with Horneacek. Why?Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week Jeff Horneacek”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday … Kevin Johnson

Another one that I liked was Kevin Johnson. Played with heart …lots of. He became a Phoenix Sun through a trade with the team that drafted him the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Suns.On February 28, 1988, Johnson, Mark West, Tyrone Corbin, and a future draft pick were traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange forContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday … Kevin Johnson”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Pat Riley

Pat Riley? Head coach of the Lakers, Knicks and Heat? A player? Yes.Riley even had a mustache back then. He was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the 1st round of the 1967 NBA Draft, and was also drafted as a wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1967Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Pat Riley”

Things Getting a Little Hot in Phoenix

Things have been rough for a while in Phoenix. The team has underperformed, the coach has been fired, Markieff Morris has been angry and not playing up to his potential since his brother was traded by the Suns so it seems it came to a boil Wednesday in a game against the Warriors. Forward MarkieffContinue reading “Things Getting a Little Hot in Phoenix”