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What NBA players have you met on a personal level?

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by rocketfan21, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. rocketfan21

    rocketfan21 Member

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    A conversation on Reddit got me thinking about this, especially since most of you live in Houston so many of your stories probably involve Rocket players. Obviously threads pop up all the time about how they just met whoever (and how Derrick Rose "smelled really good"), but I thought it would be cool to see all of your stories in one thread. Here are my stories, copy and pasted, from the Reddit discussion.

    My next door neighbor in college was good friends with Spencer Hawes. I was at an NFL draft party at their house about 4 years back and Spencer was there. As big of an NBA fan as I am, I didn't even realize it was him at first. Once I did piece it together I knew I had to say something, and that it had to be Rockets related. So I asked him, "How awesome is Yao Ming?" He replied with, "He sucks." I then asked, "What about Luis Scola and Carl Landry?" He said, "They're weak." I was devastated to find out from someone with first hand knowledge that three of my favorite players "sucked" and were "weak."

    Also in college, I went to school with John Stockton's son and got to know him fairly well. When I was working at Famous Dave's, John Stockton came in with the family. At first I tried to make some small talk with the kid asking if he had started on his project in a class we had together yet. While bringing them to their table, though, I just had to say something and it came out like this, "Ya know, I'm a big Rockets fan, and that shot you hit against us in the '97 WCF really killed me, I was only 9 years old but I was devastated." He just kind of smirked without saying a word when his wife chimes in, "Oh yeah that was one of the best moments for us!"

    2 years ago, me and a few friends went to Phoenix for the March Madness tournament. My friend is a big OKC fan, but had just bought a Magic Johnson jersey. Since Michigan State is Magic's alma mater, my friend decided to wear it, in hopes that Magic might be there. Sure enough, they showed him on the jumbo tron and we spotted where he was sitting. We went down at halftime, and there was a big crowd around Magic. He spotted my friend and says, "Okay guys, I'm all done taking pictures, but I have to sign that guys jersey over there real fast first." So Magic signed it and I got a couple pictures of him up close signing it.

    Final, story, happened this last season. The same friend (OKC fan) has some connections, and got free tickets to a couple games in OKC and I accompanied him for the trip. Long story short, he was working at a group home in Montana, and a lot of the kids had become OKC fans by taking a liking to his own interests and word got out to the OKC front office that allowed this to happen. Before the first game (Thunder vs Wolves), we had the privilege of going in early and hanging courtside to meet Sam Presti (OKC GM). We talked for a few minutes and once again, I had to throw in that I'm a Rockets fan. He mentioned, "Yeah we sure helped ya out with that Harden deal." I told him (out of respect) that I thought that he was able to get a nice haul in return, but he didn't seem convinced and we changed subjects. He was a really nice guy, and his assistant came over to tell us that Presti had to be somewhere, but Sam waved him off and finished up the conversation with us first.
     
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  2. LCAhmed

    LCAhmed Contributing Member

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    Hakeem Olajuwon
    Marcus Camby
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    Mike James
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  3. CCorn

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    I worked with Dwight jones.
     
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    I used to live right by the Best Buy at Bunker Hill and I-10. On Black Friday in 2007, I stopped by the store after all the early morning madness had subsided just to see if there was anything worth looking at. I was in the video game section when I got that feeling you get when someone is standing right behind you. I turned around and all I could see was a wall of blue. Yao Ming is literally a foot behind me decked out in a matching track suit.

    Naturally, I'm simultaneously starstruck and weirded out (dude's way up in my personal space) and all I can manage is to stupidly spit out something like, "Hey, Yao, how's it going?" At this time he finally seemed to notice that there was a person in front of him. He just looks down at me, grunts with a disapproving look on his face, and moves on down the aisle.

    In retrospect, it's pretty funny, but at the time I was pretty disappointed that I encountered Yao Ming, looked stupid, and he was really standoffish. Also, I seem to remember he was buying RCA cables for a PS3 and I wanted to tell him to just buy the damned HDMI cable. You can afford it, man! Anyway, pics or it didn't happen.

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  5. Jontro

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    I passed by Bob Sura at Memorial Park while he was running the other way once. We made eye contact. I've assumed us being good friends since then.
     
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    I met Ariza. I asked him to autograph my Ariza jersey and he missed :(
     
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    Hakeem Olajuwon, Luther Head, and Arian Foster.

    But I have met or shook hands with these players- d Rose, Zach Randolph, tony Allen, Jordan hill, Marcus camby, Chris Anderson, back up pg for spurs, and Maybe some others that I can recall ATM.
     
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    rockets:
    dream
    clyde
    ralph
    cassell
    mario
    horry
    reid
    leavell
    jim peterson
    calvin murphy
    OT
    rudy
    tmac
    buck johnson
    bob sura
    wiggins
    purvis
    david wood
    kenny
    barkley
    sleepy
    cuttino
    walt wizard
    glen rice
    carlos rogers
    charles oakley

    non-rockets:
    keith van horn
    jason kidd
    tim hardaway
    shareef abdur-rahim
    ansu sesay
    donyell marshall
    clifford rozier
    chris mullin
    dennis johnson
    shaq
    MJ
    kareem
    westbrook
    rick fox
    mahmoud abdul-rauf
    priest lauderdale
    wesley matthews
    earl boykins
    derek harper
     
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    my aunt was married to CD in the 90's. i got to go into the locker room a few times when i was a kid.

    met all the guys on the championship squad.
     
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    I met Jason Collins. He's a real nice guy, very friendly, and he takes a hands on approach with all his fans!
     
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    Hohoho! I see what you did there! :grin: Repped!
     
  12. Mr. Dominant

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    Met Hakeem about 10-12 years ago (can't remember the exact year and date) at Gallery Furniture. I talked to him for about 15 minutes about the rockets and muslims. I was in middle school at the time, and I didn't own a phone or anything, well I wanted one but wasn't allowed one until highschool, haha. Or else, I would have definitely gotten a photo with him. Hakeem was super nice and humble. God bless The Dream, and our Dreams to come, I hope.
     
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    I unfortunately have practically zero stories like this to share, I guess I don't get out enough.

    I went to Bullard's basketball camp, chatted with him for a few seconds there and got some stuff signed.

    Um...once I got to be one of those kids who greet the starters and get a ball from them. I got a ball from Juaquin Hawkins and he said hi.

    That's about all I've got.
     
  14. treeman

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    Awhile back I worked at the airport (Bush), and got to meet quite a few Rockets coming and going. The most interesting was Yao when he was injured. He came through in a wheelchair, and he was about as tall as I am while sitting in a wheelchair. Super nice guy. He had to get patted down coming through the checkpoint. The guy that had to pat him down nearly needed a ladder. Clyde also had a store in the airport and was there alot, also a very cool guy. Mutombo is also freaking huge. You really don't realize just how freakishly huge these guys are until you see them in person around a bunch of normal people.

    Saw Jeff Van Gundy a few times at the airport, too, he is a very cool guy.

    I saw Aaron Brooks come through the airport the night he was shipped off to to Phoenix. He looked completely shell shocked, you could tell he was devastated. I'll never forget that.

    I saw Tmac at the hospital back in 2009. I tried to say hey to him but he just acted like I wasn't there. He was off in his own world, it's never a good thing when you're at the hospital.
     
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    When I used to live in Denver, I would get courtside seats from my boss or friends when the ButtNuggets played the Rockets and Pacers.

    I've chatted with Cuttino countless times and he recognized me every time he played at the Pepsi center because I always sat in the same spot and rocked his jersey. A few times he actually said what's up to me before the games, and HE KNEW MY NAME!!! :) Sounds like nothing special, but it was cool to me. Being that Rockets fans were rare in Denver, I have at least 5 jerseys signed by him, along with some game-worn shoes (autographed to me) and a few posters. I always wanted him to get Chuck to come over, but the best he did for me was Walt Williams and Jimmy Jackson, both of which were cool.

    As I've said in many threads, I have a relationship with NeNe and his in-laws. I've been to Thanksgiving with him, not because I'm his homie from way back when, but because his sister in-law is one of my very good friends from undergrad. The perk of being cool with NeNe is that I get to hear a lot of trades or rumors before they happen, and I know personal things about a couple dozen NBA players that are interesting, unbelievable, or highly dysfunctional. :grin: You wouldn't believe how much some guys hate one another in the league...

    Also, in undergrad, I lived two doors down from Jason Smith. We became friends quickly because of basketball, and we still talk at least once a month or so. He's a great guy, and I think he'll eventually be a solid 12/10 guy or more. Again, I get cool info from him that I would never know otherwise. He was my first "big" interview before I was officially hired by the Denver Post. Having access to my friend, who happened to be an NBA prospect at the time, opened some professional doors for me. Now, I'm no longer a writer....but I miss it.

    Since being in Phoenix for a few years:

    -I met Sebastain Telfair at a BestBuy. Most fans don't recognize the role players in the league, but I knew who he was and got his autograph. He was actually surprised that someone knew who he was in PHX. Cool guy, great handles...

    -Chris Gatling: Don't judge me...Recently, Gatman plead guilty to squatting in a house that he didn't own and also for trying to sell it. I coach AAU Club Basketball for high school and middle school, and I knew Chris through his basketball programs out here. He was a decent enough guy at first. My assistant coach and I were invited to a few parties at this same house. Now, Chris is largely known as a scumbag out here, which is accurate. He helped sponsor a dozen or so teams out here through his name, and when the money came, he stole it and disappeared. Luckily, I didn't lose much, but you don't steal from kids and families.:mad::(:(

    I'm jealous of you guys that have met Hakeem!
     
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    Horry
    Cassell
    Cato
    Elie
    Dream
    Franchise
    Melo
    Billups
    Al Harrington
    Ty Lawson
    C. Brewer
    Cheryl Swoopes-if that counts
    Myron Sims - old school Suns/Globetrotters
    Curly Neal - Globetrotters
    Dwight Jones - old school laker
    Scott Hastings
    Scott Brooks
    George Karl
    Rudy T

    ...I think that's it.
     
  17. J Sizzle

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    I've played 5 on 5 and talked to Rashard Lewis on a few occassions. He works out up at Lifetime at City Center, which is where I used to work, and occassionally plays pick up with the guys up there for fun. He's a cool dude.
     
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    I asked Karl Malone to be on my squad at 24 hour fitness on a random pick up game day in Austin in 2007. He said "No".
     
  19. Codman

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    I wouldn't be able to say anything nice to that demon.
     
  20. RV6

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    Y'all met all these players on a personal level? :confused:


    Or did the OP just mean, which players have you met?
     

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