The NBA Playoffs are finally upon us, and the glory that so many of today’s stars lust after so earnestly is only a few weeks away. But what about the stars, however dim, of yesterday?
Being that fame, glory, even remote notoriety, is all too often fleeting, is it not prudent and wise, if for nothing more than nostalgia’s sake, to occasionally embrace what can now be characterized as trivial? Having come across what follows, I have to think at least a handful of people agree with such sentiment…
Members at time of publishing: 117
Who?: Having played college ball at BYU, Greg Kite was the 21st overall pick of the Boston Celtics in the 1983 NBA Draft. Kite won two championships with Boston before becoming a bit of a journeyman over the course of a 12 year NBA career. He holds career averages of 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Wait, why should I join?: To participate in exchanges like this one under the group’s discussion board topic “Just how overrated is Greg Kite?”:
I mean, when you ask most people to name an NBA player from the 80′s that hailed from the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and whose last name starts with the letter “K”, the first thing that comes out of their mouth is “Greg Kite.” I’ve heard it a thousand times. But is this right? Is this not a grave injustice to a player that was like the Karl Malone of players meeting the above description?
I’m referring, of course, to one Larry Krystkowiak. But don’t take my word for it, just look at these numbers…
Special K: http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/krystla01.html
Greg “I suck” Kite: http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/k/kitegr01.html
Now tell me that it isn’t a crime that people think of Greg Kite first. It’s a travesty.
Response from McKell Kite (which Frumpzilla is assuming is Greg Kite’s daughter):
He obviously must not have “sucked” that much because his career in the league lasted a number of years.
Members at time of publishing: 38
Who?: Larry Brett Krystowiak, AKA “Special K,” alias “Krysko,” is perhaps the most famous basketball player to ever come out of the heralded Montana Grizzlies program. A 3-time Big Sky Conference MVP as a player, Krystowiak also led his alma mater to two straight Tourney appearances as a head coach back in 2004-2006.
Krystowiak was drafted 28th overall by the Bulls in 1986, and went on to play for 5 more teams over the course of a decade, averaging 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Special K also served as the head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks for roughly 1 1/3 seasons before being fired at the end of the 2007/2008 campaign. His current whereabouts may or may not be unknown.
Wait, why should I join?: Because of the apparent fierce rivalry between members of The Greg Kite Appreciation Society and The Larry Krystowiak Preservation Society (see above).
Members at time of publishing: 68
Who?: Kevin Duckworth starred at Eastern Illinois University before being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2nd round of the 1986 NBA Draft. In just his second season with the Spurs, however, Duckworth was traded to the Trailblazers, with whom he became a two-time NBA All-Star, and an integral part of a Portland team that reached two NBA Finals. Duckworth wrapped up a 10-year NBA career with averages of 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest, posting career bests of 18.1 and 8.0 during ’88-’89 season.
Wait, why should I join?: Well, if you had to choose one of these five, The Duck at least probably achieved the most individual success as a player. Moreover, given that Duckworth passed away at the age of 44 from a massive heart attack, this Facebook group has taken on a more significant meaning, perhaps, as a memorial.
Members at time of publishing: 129
Who?: Probably the most recognizable, most readily recalled player on this list, Darrell Kurt Rambis is also probably the second most prominent player to emerge from Santa Clara University (See Steve Nash). After a fruitless stint with the New York Knicks, and brief, albeit much more successful, tenure in Greece, Rambis solidified his NBA legacy during the 2nd Lakers dynasty, winning no less than 4 NBA championships alongside the likes of Magic, Worthy, Abdul-Jabbar and Perkins.
Known for his relentless drive, hustle and being the consummate team player, Rambis posted averages of 5.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1 steal and 0.5 blocks per contest in a career that spanned 14 seasons. After his playing days were over, Rambo held various positions in the Lakers franchise, including interim head coach, assistant general manager, and assistant coach under Phil Jackson.
On August 8th, 2009, Rambis was announced as the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, signing a 4-year deal that reportedly pays him around 2 million per year.
Wait, why should I join?: There’s a discussion thread titled “Should Rambo’s goggles be in the Smithsonian?”
Members at time of publishing: 159
Who?: A Wisconsin high school basketball legend (voted the greatest ever , in fact), Joe Wolf played a full 4 years of college basketball as a North Carolina Tar Heel before being selected 13th overall in the 1987 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, the promise Wolf showed in high school, and eventually in college, never really panned out in the pros, though he did manage to stick around for 11 years, averaging 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds a game in the process.
After head coaching stints with the CBA’s Idaho Stampede and the NBDL’s Colorado 14ers, Wolf joined the Milwaukee Bucks coaching staff as an assistant in 2008.
Wait, why should I join?: Somehow, someway, this is by far the most active group listed here. There are wall posts as recent as this month, events and, of course, a discussion thread titled “The man, the myth, the legend.” Remarkable.