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.