Happy Birthday to Michael Cage – The Man with the Best Jheri Curl in NBA History
If Michael “John Shaft” Cage wasn’t one of the toughest players to ever step foot on a NBA court, I’m sure he would have been made fun of a lot during his NBA days for having a jheri curl that rivaled Ice Cube during his NWA days. But to me, Cage is the second coolest person in the world to ever use an activator but since Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction is a fictional character, I guess Cage does get the title.
There’s been a lot of exciting end of the year scoring races in the past, most notable being David Robinson beating out Shaq by scoring 71 on the final day of the 94 season and of course the famous photo finish by George Gervin and David Thompson in 1978. Gervin beat out Thompson, who scored 73 on the last day, by .07 points after scoring 63 points in his final game of the season. In 1988, Michael Cage and Charles Oakley were in a stat battle on the final day but since rebound titles are as glamorous as scoring ones, you probably never heard this story.
Cage, playing with the Clippers at this time, and Chicago’s Charles Oakley were neck to neck in the final weeks for the rebounding title and Cage then went on a rebounding tear. 20 points and 23 boards followed by a 16 board game and then another 20/20 game, 19 in the next and then back to back 20+ rebound games. On the final day of the season, Cage needed a career high 28 rebounds to win the rebounding title from Oakley and Cage came through with a career high 30!
The “Windexman” played 11 more seasons as tough enforcer, rebounder and leader for a few different teams while sporting a few different but equally cool hair styles.
Cage also has a son, Michael Cage Jr, who is one of the top big men prospects in Cali. Hopefully he will be able to follow in his (now bald) Dad’s footsteps and play in the NBA one day.