Ashy To Classy: The 5 Players Who Went From Nobody To Somebody In The NBABasketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Lists — By E. Maisonet, III on February 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm
This is true story I’m about to tell. I’m probably going to get into my emotions and all but whatever, let me live. I can remember back in the 7th grade, I was a discombobulated preteen with a lack of guidance and polish. I can distinctly reflect on a few things about myself back at the age of 12:
- I had a wide variety of X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and WWF T-shirts in my arsenal of school clothing.
- I hadn’t quite hit my growth spurt yet as I was only 5’6″, and I was still carrying around a healthy chunk of what they call “baby fat.”
- I had no concern about the following things: My haircut, my kicks, and my dealings with women.
I mention these things because I remember getting no play from the opposite sex as a 7th grader. None of the chicks I liked were giving me the time of day. I was still awkward and was lacking in self-confidence in a major way. Then the transformation happened in the summer of ’96.
In the summer between my 7th and 8th grade years, I discovered this place to what the general public describe as “the mall.” (Thus beginning my foray into the Tommy Hilfiger/Nautica era, an era I’m not proud of.) I began to dress in a fashion that as an 8th grader looking at a 7th grader, I would deem immature. I also grew 5 inches and played a ton of basketball in the summertime. Now I was 5’11″ in the 8th grade weighing the same amount as the year before. I also learned about utilizing the powers of durag, begging my auntie for my first pair of J’s” and saying things like “Hi, my name is Eddie and I have something these other guys dont…a mustache.” to 8th grade women.
Suddenly, ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL these chicks that weren’t giving me the time of day were now telling me how a clock ticked and tocked. Now, I’m not saying that I was beating cute 13-year old women off of me with a stick, but man things definitely changed. Young Ed’s stock had risen and it was time for me to cash in.
Similarly, there are five guys in the league that every time I see them hoop I remember how unwanted and overlooked they were. As the homie Darius would say, “you can go from the outhouse to the penthouse just like that.” Be it a change of scenery or a development of skills, these dudes are going to stay paid for a long time and will have a long list of candidates who desire their services for years to come. Here are The 5 Players Who Went From Nobody To Somebody In The NBA.