The Pacers played a prank on rookie Cassius Stanley that might seem hilarious at first glance, but knowing what I do about the commercial popcorn industry — it’s horrifying. Stanley wasn’t doing the little things veterans expect, like getting towels, working out on his off days, and listening to his teammates. So they decided to teach him a lesson. Filling a car with popcorn might seem innocent, but it’s a death sentence for a car. Especially a new one. I know this because I’ve lived it. My job throughout high school and college was working in movie theaters, first as a part of the floor staff — then as a senior manager. I know this popcorn was obtained from a theater, and I know Stanley’s car is effectively ruined — unless he wants to get the entire car reupholstered, or just enjoys the smell of popcorn.
Was there ever a point you felt like you might leave? Any superstar pitches to join forces? Reggie Miller: No. And if Michael Jordan ever would have called me and tried to sway me to come to Chicago, I would have told him to go f— himself! “I’ll be coming to see you on I-65 or whatever that highway is there. I’ll be down to see you.” I never came close to going anywhere else. Contemplating, or other teams sniffing around, like the Knicks, possibly. I already had a storied history against them, right? I couldn’t go there.