.. has got to be this one. John Dacanay wrote it while I provided the images (which has haaaarrrrd). John’s incredible basketball knowledge continues to astound me. He really is a walking basketball encyclopedia and I’m proud to help him in every way with his goal to eventually release a book.
Some interesting factoids (which I probably should publish on BallEx instead but am writing here anyway why not), is Billy Ray Bate’s terrible fall to disgrace, after having been feted like the 2nd coming here, going back to the US, falling into drink and cocaine which eventually culminated in trying to holdup a Texaco station, where he got $5.00 and 7 years in prison. All after what would’ve been promising careers playing as a Laker, a Trailblazer, a Rocket, a Bullet and a Crispa Redmanizer amongst many teams, even saying that while he was here, he was ‘like Michael Jordan. I could have anything I wanted. All I had to do was snap my fingers. I had my own condo, my own car and my own bodyguard with an Uzi. I had to fight off the women.‘.
Another is Henry James, whom I had the great chance to see actually play at the Meralco ‘Jolly’ Gym at Ortigas when I was there, shooting threes and dunking to thrill us after we begged him to. It was either 1996 or 1995, I believe, and he was fresh from the plane and working out jetlag by shooting hoops when we arrived, and we were stunned to see this long, lanky 6’8 NBA level player quietly working on his game. Sadly he also suffered a fall from grace, getting caught for dealing drugs last year. Again, after a promising career as an Atlanta Hawk.
And no, this isn’t a post about how terrible imports or players as role models can be (we all knew that). If anything, it’s a sign as to what happens to ordinary kids when they suddenly taste an NBA lifestyle, and a testament to the rabid effects of drugs, cocaine, guns and alcohol.
This post is about John’s post. With his knowledge and BallEx’s ability to get into search engines we’re gonna make this a truly worthwhile relevant resource of all things Philippine basketball. Besides, of course, just being plainly interesting and entertaining.