When I heard Adam Silver wouldn’t let former Dallas Cowboy great Tony Romo play a few meaningless minutes in a meaningless game between the Mavs and Nuggets, I looked at my WWDS bracelet and wondered what David Stern would have done. Stern is the guy who allowed former NFL player Ahmad Rashad play a couple of minutes in an NBA game back in 1990.
The reason why Michael Jordan’s “Main Man” was wearing a 76ers uniform on this night was that the NBA had just signed their first deal with NBC-TV and were about to launch their weekly NBA TV show called ‘Inside Stuff,’ which would be hosted by Rashad. So as a promotional gimmick and topic for the show, they let Rashad play in a preseason game between the 76ers and brand new Timberwolves in front of a crowd of 18,296.
In his two and a half minutes of playing time, Rashad knocked down a 20-foot jump shot, giving him a 100% career shooting percentage in the NBA. He also allowed the Wolves to cut an 11-point deficit to five by allowing Tony Campbell to score five easy points on him. Despite Rashad’s defense, the Sixers held on to win the game 102-96, which means Rashad also has a perfect record in the NBA.
My personal favorite memory of Ahmad Rashad playing basketball is when he played a rookie Shaq one-on-one and watched O’Neal break a backboard and almost his back.