Growing Up With Rasheed Wallace And Jerry Stackhouse

Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan — By on December 21, 2012 at 4:00 am

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Invariably, the older you get in life the more you cling onto things that make you feel young. For me, as a man that’s increasingly edging closer and closer to the age of 30, remembering things that happened 15-20 years ago is in the wheelhouse of my memories. When it comes to my appreciation of basketball, I began to be influenced by ESPN’s Saturday afternoon programming, which was a constant stream of the best college basketball games that the network could provide. Back in the early 1990’s, I remember seeing two guys at the University of North Carolina, who would then enter the league in the 1995 NBA Draft together, and be still playing in the league almost 18 years later, that I was enamored with. It might’ve been in the ease that they played the game and the bravado that they carried while banging and scoring on their pitiful opponents. I didn’t need anyone to tell me that they were indeed what that was.

Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. Or as what we love to call them, Sheed and Stack.

The good folks over at The Classical have been running an ongoing series called “Why We Watch,” which profiles different athletes in sports and why we’re so enthralled with them. I’d encourage you to check out the pieces on Sheed and Stack respectively. Two snippets of the stories stood out to me.

Eddie Maisonet, III

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    3 Comments

  • Sheed and Stack made me fall in love with college basketball. They really did. And I’ve followed them incredibly closely ever since.

    While a lot of basketball fans love Sheed and are familiar with Stackhouse, it hits home even more for me seeing as Sheed is from my hometown of Philadelphia and Stack was drafted by the Sixers, where he had a fantastic rookie year.

    It’s remarkable to see these guys still doing what they do for so long. Long live Stack and Sheed.

  • Joe Simmons says:

    Great post. I have been a big fan of both of these guys and its been fun knowing both of them on a personal level. Summer league action around here makes it fun watching them appear as if they will never go away.

    Sheed’s brother Mohammed and I were pretty close. We hooped together on a bunch of teams for a lot of years when I got back to the Bull City.

    It’s always awesome to see a couple of guys who make it work and find a way to stay relevant for a lot of years.

  • J. Tinsley says:

    Stack will go down as the most underrated tough guy in NBA history.

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