Aaron McKie Rumors

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Aaron McKie
Aaron McKie
Position: -
Born: 10/02/72
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:209 lbs. / 94.8 kg.
Earnings: $51,962,874 ($71,599,753*)
Even though he was but a high schooler, Bryant spent plenty of time running pickup inside Temple University’s Pearson Hall gymnasium. These weren’t run-of-the-mill battles against Joe Frat Boy. No, his opponents included many of the Owls stars, including future NBA players Rick Brunson, Aaron McKie and Eddie Jones. “God, he was so polished for a high school kid,” recalled Jones. “Flat-out talented. Most impressive, he wasn’t scared. We were All-Americans, big names in college basketball. And Kobe just brought it right at us. You knew this kid was NBA-bound. There was zero question.”
Theo Ratliff: You’re talking about a tremendous competitor. To this day, I still don’t know how he did the things that he did and how he was able to push through certain injuries. When he sprained his ankle, it looked like he broke his ankle, but then he’d be right back out here. His will and determination and pain tolerance was right up there with Kobe. He was just able to will himself to do certain things. When we were down, we knew where to go. We’d find him, he’d find the ball, and he would just take over games. Just from his leadership on the floor, that helped us be at our best. We had a lot of guys who were just kind of journeyman guys who hadn’t really stepped out and came into their own when we came over to the Sixers to play alongside him – guys like Aaron McKie, Eric Snow, George Lynch. He helped push us and elevated our game and our status as NBA players. He’s a tremendous guy, a tremendous person as well. Very giving, very family-oriented. He takes his time, even to this day, to speak to your kids and give his story and talk about what he did and the ups and downs of his life. He’s just a tremendous individual.
Aaron McKie: Everyone knows Allen would read the newspaper, and that he and Phil Jasner, the Daily News columnist who was usually critical of him, had a special relationship. But Allen also studied the game, too. Allen read the comments — all the comments. He knew going into games which people had said they were going to stop him, and he’d have done his research on how to destroy them. He relished that. If you talked to the press about Allen before a game, that put a target on your back. Take Game 1 of the Finals in 2001. Allen got all the pregame notes and clips, read how different guys were playing and what they were saying about him. He knew what to prepare for. He knew that the Lakers were going to use Tyronn Lue to try to shut him down. Allen took exception to that sort of thing. He’d say, “You know what? I’m going to destroy this motherfucker.”
Temple University has targeted former Owl Aaron McKie for a position within the school’s basketball program. McKie, who most recently served as an assistant coach with the 76ers, is supposedly being considered for a player development position, a source with knowledge of the situation said. A day after the PIAA ruled him eligible for his senior football season, Martin Luther King defensive tackle Dawayne Young orally committed to Temple.