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Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Popovich was asked pregame by Mark Montieth of Pacers.com if a rumor he had heard was true, that he had to be talked into drafting Tim Duncan ahead of former Pacer Scot Pollard. (Full disclosure: Pollard, who has done some television and radio work for team broadcasts this season was right there, not five feet from this conversation.) The Spurs held the first pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and taking Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest shaped the future of the Spurs organization. From David Robinson to Tim Duncan. But it didn’t come without a fight, Popovich explained. “You know, you say that sarcastically but it’s a true story,” he said. “It’s a true story. I loved the way Scot played. Timmy was really smooth and all that and so I wondered, ‘Is that going to translate. Is he going to be tough. Is he going to do what he did … he’s long and he’s lengthy and he’s thin. Scot Pollard was out there kicking you-know-what and taking names. “It was actually a conversation. Now, I have to also say that that notion didn’t last real long.
Pollard: That’s 100 percent true. We laughed our asses off about that. “Yeah, Ron. Yeah, there are going to be some problems, buddy. You hit a fan.” I couldn’t believe it. He was in shock that what he had just done was bad. I don’t know what his mentality is like on the inside, but outside looking in, you can sit there and say, “Wow. That’s trippy that somebody can go through that type of experience and wonder if there’s going to be repercussions.”
Pollard: I respect his championships, I respect his ability to get egos in line and get them in the same direction, but I just think he’s overrated because he’s only had the greatest players of our generation. (Host: That’s like saying Joe Montana was an overrated quarterback because he had the best receiver in history to throw to, he had a great offensive line, Roger Craig, Tom Rathman, and John Taylor. You can say that about a lot of people that are great.) I have a championship because my teammates and I’m not saying that’s not a valid point. All I’m saying is I would like to see Phil Jackson coach a team that doesn’t belong in the playoffs. I think he could get the Orlando Magic to the playoffs and the Dallas Mavericks to the playoffs. I’m not sure he could get Cleveland to the playoffs next year.
Pollard joined Grant Napear on KHTK in Sacramento to discuss why he feels Phil Jackson is overrated, on great players needing great coaches and vice versa, what he loves about the city of Sacramento, and his excitement that the Kings will be remaining there for at least another year. Why he feels Phil Jackson is overrated: “Oh man. I just think he’s one of the most overrated coaches of our time. He’s only had the greatest players of our era on his teams. Put him in charge of the Sacramento Kings this year, and I don’t mean to offend Sacramento fans, but put him on a team with no Hall-Of-Famers on it at least no one that has established themselves as a Hall-Of-Famer already, put him as the Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers right now and let’s see how he does next year with no Hall-Of-Famers on the team. That’s all I’m saying.
Scot Pollard: Fans will not continue to pay money to see owners and players fight over it. Fans want to be entertained. Fans want to run into a player and get his autograph and maybe even a picture. Fans want a memory for their money. When the lockout ends, you’re going to have to go through extensive meetings to figure out how to convince fans to come back to the arenas again. And before all of this, you kick people who played in the league and were guests of a player out of the arena for asking for autographs? This has only furthered the notion that players are unapproachable (though they themselves acted nice). This makes the OKC Thunder look terrible, and there is absolutely NOTHING you could say or do to make me come to another NBA game in that arena. You’ve lost a fan.
Scot Pollard: This summer, there will be a lockout. This is because the owners are going to try to pay players less, with less guaranteed money. The players are going to argue that without them there is no league, and that the revenue sharing has been mutually beneficial for all. This lockout may last into the season, possibly even canceling the entire season. This will put all of you out of a job.
The NBA called, the Cavaliers called, my relatives called, my friends called. (My good friends had really horrible things to say. What are friends for?) I was punished and forced to make a statement. I lied and said it was a bad joke. I NEVER said I’m sorry. I never apologized. I meant what I said. It was a joke. For the guys in the truck, not for the general public. Of course I left this out of my statement. My only mistake was assuming the cameraman was doing what he had done at the previous timeout, and what other cameramen had done throughout my career.
Here’s the scene. Throughout my career, I’ve been known to crack a few jokes. Being a guy that jokes with fans, friends, refs, as well as the TV crew, I could be counted on for humor. As such, it became a common thing for me to tell some off-color jokes to the guys in the truck (producers, directors, editors, etc.). So when there was a lull in the action, cameramen – at the direction of various directors I’ve never met – would come up to me and have me tell a dirty joke or story to just the guys. In Cleveland in 2007, a cameraman came up during a time-out and told me that one of the guys in the truck went to my alma mater’s arch nemesis, Missouri! I immediately tried to think of some horrible joke to say about the Tigers, which I did. Next timeout, same cameraman, same story. So I looked into the camera and said, “Hey kids, do drugs.” After I said that, I looked at the camera, noticed the little red light on the camera was on, and immediately realized the mistake I had just made. It was on regional television, not just to the TV truck.
Scot Pollard: “The media. As an athlete, I hated them. ALL of them. Not personally but professionally. But I also knew you needed to treat them right. Sort of a “keep your friends close and you enemies closer” type of mentality. Throughout high school, college, and the NBA, I knew I had to treat them with respect or find out quickly my reputation could quickly become like Dr. Samuel Mudd. Trust me, I know a little something about this. If you don’t believe me, Google “Scot Pollard hey kids do drugs.” What, for my ENTIRE career was a joke between me and the guys in the TV truck and meant for the guys in the truck only, turned into a media firestorm that turned me into a non-role model, drug-using, BAD person.
Are you ready to step back into the mind of Scot Pollard? After discussing NCAA Tournament expansion in his first column, Pollard switches it up in his second column to talk about his ambitions to star on the silver screen. Yes, you read that correctly. Could Scot Pollard be the next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Hollywood?