Remembering Latrell Sprewell – The Angriest NBA Dunker Ever
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Before Latrell Sprewell was known as the $100 million man just trying to feed his kids, the Knick who almost delivered a championship to New York in 1999, and the Warrior who choked his coach in 1997, the All-NBA first teamer was arguably a top three shooting guard in the league. He could shut down the league’s best scorers or blow past any defender (even though he could only go right) and finish with an angry two-hand dunk that rivaled Charles Barkley’s gorilla slams from his Philly days. He was that good and as unique as the spinning rims he made popular in 2001.
It’s been 15 years since Spree unleashed the spinners on us and 11 years since the 5 x All-Star played a NBA game. For five years after that game, the only stories that appeared in the news about Spree were legal issues and then the next five were pretty much silence.
So where the hell has he been?
Back in July, my favorite angry comedian/actor/podcaster/director/celebrity hooper/guest on NBA shows, Michael Rapaport, visited Milwaukee and conducted a live interview with my favorite angry dunker and asked that question, along with every question I’ve wanted to ask him over the past 20 years.
I don’t want to ruin any of the great and sometimes shocking moments in the must-listen interview, so I’m just going to list a few bullets.
- Sprewell didn’t start playing organized ball until he was a senior in high school.
- Playing with Horry in college and against a young unstoppable Shaq
- Being drafted at #24 and making guards picked ahead of him pay
- Going against Michael Jordan. being star struck and why MJ is the GOAT
- What made Hakeem The Dream so unstoppable
- The Golden State Warriors then vs now
- Allen Iverson saying Spree was his favorite player
- Becoming the personality of the New York Knicks in the late 90s and almost winning a championship
- How he felt when Calvin Klein walked up to him in the middle of a game
- Playing with KG and Sam Cassell
- Losing to the Lakers in the 2004 playoffs and how Kobe screwed the Lakers in the Finals
- The evolution of his hair
- And a great Q&Q with fans
It’s a must listen for all fans of Sprewell, 90s basketball and/or Michael Rapaport.
Before we get into a bunch of throwback videos, here’s an interesting bonus story from a friend of mine, who was Sprewell’s college roommate and practice partner. He told me Spree was such a horrible shooter when he first came to Alabama that he would literally spend hours on just his jump shot, outside of practice, every morning. I would say the hard work paid off because the once unstoppable player on NBA Live 95 once hit 9-9 from the 3 point line.