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Latrell Sprewell
Latrell Sprewell
Position: None
Born: 09/08/70
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
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Sprewell was a critical figure in the 1998-99 team that lost to the Spurs in the NBA Finals after a stunning run as the No. 8 seed. That included the Knicks upsetting both the Heat (Allan Houston’s shot) and Reggie Miller’s Pacers in the postseason. “Reggie is a talker. The thing I hated about him is he was a flopper,” Sprewell said. “He’ll just flop and I am like, ‘Stop flopping, man.’ You can’t touch him, he’s always at the free throw line. But you have to respect Reggie, he’s always running around screens, and if you left him open, he’s going to knock down shots. You just have to be careful how you guard him because if you touched him, he’s going to act like he got shot out of a cannon.”
“You work so hard and you are right there. I still think about it. … Getting a championship is something you dream about as a kid. To get so close, you never get over it.” That said, Sprewell affirmed he had “no regrets” about an NBA career that included choking then-Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo and breaking his hand in an offseason incident prior to his final season with the Knicks.
It was one of the biggest meetings of Sprewell’s life—the result of which could lead to the Knicks trading for the then-29-year-old, giving him a second chance and changing the course of his career—and Van Gundy expected the Wisconsin native to be dressed to the nines, ready to court his newest suitors. Sprewell wore red basketball shorts and a wife beater. “I was immediately impressed by that, in an odd way,” Van Gundy says now. “I immediately knew that this guy is who he is. He was never trying to impress somebody else by what he did or what he said—he was being himself.”
2 months ago via SLAM
After making some calls on Sprewell that day, he’d wind up with something far more significant than trade news, and arguably the biggest scoop of his career. A source in the league office didn’t have a specific answer for Vecsey, but told him that there was “something happening out there” and urged him to check it out. Vecsey says he phoned up an ex-Warriors player – obviously, he won’t say who – that then called someone from the team. After hearing about how Sprewell had choked his head coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice, the source swiftly relayed the whole story back to Vecsey. This was about 7 pm. “I believed him, obviously,” Vecsey tells me, over a recent dinner in Manhattan. “He told me the whole story, and we go with it. Within an hour. We put that together in an hour.”
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Officially reintroducing the Marbury Mid is Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson, who’s been playing in the original White/Navy colorway. Last October, Stephenson told us that the Marbury was one of the AND1 shoes he wanted to see retroed. “I want the Sprewells to come back out. I want the Stephon Marburys to come back out,” said Stephenson. “I try to tell them give me all of them in different colorways.”