The Rifleman was a fiesty character who is best remembered for a memorable Costacos Brothers poster and leading the Minnesota Timberwolves in victory dances.
During his prime in Indiana, he got into a bit of slanging match with Baseline Leaner royalty Mark Price that escalated from a war of words into a more physical exchange. If anyone has got the complete footage please contact us and the authorities.
So, without further delay, GIF of the Week is Chuck "kicking" Pricey in the face while he is trying to take a mid-game nap.
Whilst this game is best remembered for that very dunk, the Toronto squad included a maturing Tracy McGrady whose highlight reel plays rivaled that of his much heralded cousin - and we're not just talking offensive aerial artistry.
Through the first eight games of the 1999-00 season, T-Mac was averaging 2.8 blocks a game. Against the Lakers, he would only have one. But it was a good one.
Tracy McGrady blocks Shaquille O'Neal
(November 21, 1999)
Ack that it was clearly a goal tend, but with no call on the play we're more than happy to run with it.
A big thanks to YouTube channel Hastings 66ers (aka The Beverley Turner Channel) for providing this game in full. You may want to check out McGrady punching one on Brian Shaw as well.
Al Harrington's 13 year career spanned 7 different teams and included two separate tenures in Indiana, who originally drafted him from Saint Patrick High School, New Jersey in 1998. As the consensus #1 player in his graduating class, it could be argued that Al's NBA legacy is somewhat underwhelming given his lofty standing as a prospect. Al has likely played his last NBA game after signing to play in China this season and leaves the association with solid career averages of 13.5ppg and 5.6rpg in just 28.6 minutes per game. His ability to put numbers on the scoreboard in limited minutes can be attributed to an unwavering faith in his jumpshot and total lack of conscience.
For reference, during the 2007-8 season, world-famous shotjacker Antoine Walker's 3-point-FG-attempts-per-minute ratio maxed out an eye-watering 7.6 per 36 minutes - a number made truly remarkable when you consider 'Toine made .324 of his attempts, well below the league average. Big Al's "best" season, by comparison, was 2010-11 when he launched 7.1 per 36 as a member of George Karl's turbo charged Nuggets. Fortunately for George, his teammates and the rims in the Pepsi Center, Al actually made his fair share, shooting .357 from deep.
Here's Al doing what he did best - draining a 3 instead of passing to someone better than him - while on the road in Golden State (and then sticking it to the fans and organisation who paid his salary for 2 years.)
To Al Harrington - a first-ballot Baseline Leaner Hall of Famer
Lance perfected his slick handle in the gyms and on the outdoor courts of Brooklyn - home to more than a few who know how to put it on the floor (1, 2, 3) - and his playground style looked somewhat out of place in Indiana. Not only did Coach Vogel preach and practice a defense-first philosophy, Lance spent most of his time sharing the backcourt with the solid-but-unspectacular George Hill.
This season, in a glorious union we are excited to celebrate, he'll be paired with another NYC product and crossover merchant - Bronx-born Kemba Walker. To date, Kemba has spent his NBA career toiling in anonymity on largely unsuccessful Charlotte teams. Although he's still best remembered for leading UConn to the 2011 NCAA Title, all 139 people (including us) who have tuned into a Bobcats game in the last 3 years know he can still break down his man at will.
A backcourt of Lance and Kemba should produce plenty of highlights, and plenty of headaches for a) defenders trying to stay in front of them and b) coaches trying to gameplan for them. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford may be the reigning NBA Tag Team Champions of Ballhandling but Lance and Kemba are coming for a title shot.
According to Google Translate, Boris is described as "mainly a smasher" on the rear face of this French rookie card. Without fully understanding the meaning or context behind "smasher", we are going to agree wholeheartedly.