(1994) Lakers’ Cedric Ceballos scores 50 points vs TWolves
Today is Cedric Ceballos’ birthday, so I thought I would just post a few good random memories and vids in honor of the former slam dunk champion.
You probably wont believe me when I say that for the majority of the 90s, Cedric Ceballos was actually one of my 5 favorite players – joining Shaq, Webber, Rider & Penny. I have a Ced Ceballos card collection that is massive in size, yet only worth about 10 bucks – but I wouldn’t sell it for $100. Why did I like him so much? I’m not sure but it’s not because of his blindfold winning dunk at the NBA dunk contest. I just like his instant O game which didn’t require any plays to be ran for him. I also thought the post Showtime Lakers and pre Kobe and Shaq Lakers was a fun team to watch and big reason for that was Ceballos.
So about a decade ago, I dug up and capped a bunch of my old VHS tapes and made a video honoring the 95 Lakers, featuring his song “Flow On” off the “Basketball’s Best Kept Secret” album – you know the horrible compilation album with Jason Kidd saying the classic line, “I should of seen it…like Rocky’s momma.”
HAZING KOBE BRYANT
I’m sure most people coming here probably don’t care to watch Laker highlights that were pre Kobe Bryant, so for you all, here’s an amusing story by Cedric about hazing a rookie Kobe Byrant.
“We’d make him chase balls into the stands of the huge arenas, or take bags off the plane in the freezing cold. Or we’d say, ‘I need coffee from Starbucks and donuts from Krispy Kreme’ — and it’d be 2am in a town we just arrived in.”
Ced also said it was Kobe’s closest teammate, Eddie Jones, that was behind a lot of it. One of the things the EJ made Kobe do was bring him a Gatorade before every game. But the hazing didn’t stop with the current Laker roster.
“Even the veterans who are retired … James Worthy, Kareem, Wilt Chamberlain … all those guys came down to give him a little bit of rookie hazing, knowing that he was going to be the great player he is.”