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Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Christie grew up in Seattle, in the era of the Officer Friendly program. That program brought police officers into the schools at an early age to try and forge better relationships with students and the community in what was standard operating procedure. Police officers there, and then, handed out trading cards to kids of then-Seattle SuperSonics players like Gus Williams, Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma. Kids would have to walk up to the cops and ask for the cards. Seeds of a relationship were formed and police were in the communities they served. Many still try. But too many encounters are ending like the one with Clark. And the local basketball team, still a point of civic pride in a city that has its own identity separate from the business in the state capital that gleams in downtown, is trying to do more than just dribble and sell tickets. “It’s odd that the community saved the Kings,” Christie said, “and now it’s coming full circle for the Kings to try and help save the community.”
Now, Temple, who is also a VP of the NBA Player’s Association, has a new platform. He was among those who pushed Ranadive to speak after the first protest. That night, along with Doug Christie and Vince Carter, he met with community activist Barry Accuis, the leader of the protest, after the game. In a hallway, they spoke for 45 minutes, discussing tangible next steps. Then, on Sunday, Temple helped spearhead the T-shirts, and worked on the PSA. He is well aware that, had he never made an NBA roster, his opinions wouldn’t carry this kind of weight. “It’s not right, but it’s life,” he says. “It’s just the way things are. That’s one of the things I talk to kids about. Not to think their words don’t mean anything right now, because they do. But if they aren’t being listened to or the things they want to see changed aren’t changing, then use that as motivation to continue to pursue whatever you’re passionate about so you can get a to a level where people have to listen. A lawyer, a doctor, an athlete obviously. The bigger the platform, the more people listen. That’s just the way the world works.”
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Doug Christie, the former Kings guard, got his first glimpse of those notes while doing postgame courtside interviews with Gerould as a player. As Christie transitioned into a broadcasting role with the Kings after retirement, he held onto the image. “I didn’t know where to start,” Christie said. “So I went and got a piece of paper and just started writing it down, and the best way that I could think about doing it was exactly the way the G-Man did it. Finally, I got myself a little notebook and started writing in it.”
Former Kings standout Doug Christie has been learning that recently as a co-host of KHTK’s late-afternoon show with Grant Napear and as a television analyst. Christie said he walks a fine line. “I don’t want to throw players under the bus because I know they’re not trying to do things incorrectly,” Christie said. “This is a game of mistakes and it happens, but the same time, I try to be as truthful as possible. Do I love the Kings? I do, but sometimes I think you need to be honest because of that love.”
Christie said he’s never been approached by a player upset with his commentary, which is often considered a rite of passage among journalists. It’s said if someone isn’t mad, you’re doing something wrong. Christie said if someone wants to talk, he’s open to it. “Hey, we’re talking basketball,” Christie said. “I love to talk basketball. I try not to make it personal; it’s just an evaluation based on what I’m seeing.”
On whether the Warriors can challenge the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record 72-win season: –Christie: “At first I was thinking ‘I don’t know.’ As I continue to watch them, The key term everyone glazes over is ‘team.’ This Warriors team is a team. They play together, they play for each other. When you look at 70, 72 wins that is a tough dish to get ahold of, but this Warriors team you’ve got to think (it’s possible). … This is a young team, a team that has really come together. I think they have an opportunity. Whether they do it or not …