The NBA All-Star weekend is over, and like many others, I feel that it could have been better. The players didn’t defend during the Rookie Challenge/All-Star game and it’s a stretch to say that Nate Robinson defended his Dunk Contest crown–mostly everything was underwhelming. What this weekend needed was a little nostalgia, and nothing brings back memories like the shortest-ever ROY: Damon Stoudamire. I liked Damon ever since he was a rookie, although I am not so sure why. His playing height and weight of 5’10″ 171lbs is nearly identical to my current height and weight, but I don’t think those were my bodily dimensions as a 7-year-old in 1995, hence that delightful similarity can’t be the reason. I know I was a fan of the old purple Raptors jerseys with the Raptor on the front, I have always liked lefties, and I also like the name Damon, so maybe some combination of those reasons led me to idolize Mighty Mouse.
Anywho, Damon Stoudamire was a feisty little southpaw; he was lightning quick and had a knack for scoring and assisting. Although never known for his defense, god knows he worked at it–in the court room. Damon got into marijuana-related trouble at least three times…for all we know, Damon toked before every game (especially while on the Trail-Blazers). This makes his quickness all the more impressive. Damon was on those awesome late-90′s/early-2000′s Blazers teams–his Blazer career included a 55-point game and an NBA record 21 three-point attempts in a single game. Oh, and those happened in separate games (Damon hit only his 5 out of those 21 threes). Damon is currently an assistant coach for the Grizzlies, hopefully mentoring a similar small southpaw in Mike Conley. I miss ya Mighty Mouse, but for now we can share some memories.
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