This has probably been done before but I figured it'd be a nice way to get me back onto this site - by recycling something someone else has done....
Which player first got you interested in basketball? The reason I ask this is because I was re-reading Dennis Rodman's awful autobiography 'Bad as I wanna be' and I started reminiscing about just what a force on the court (seems a total douche off of it) and how he was part of my early love-love relationship with basketball.
Then I started thinking a little more about which player initially grabbed my attention and opened my world up to the wonders of the game.
The player that did it for me? Hakeem Olajuwon.
Even to this day, I can still recite huge chunks of the audio from the 'Hardwood classic - Hakeem the Dream' from what was a birthday present back when I was about 15.
There was something about the way he carried himself, with real grace, and something about his approach to the game that captivated me. I remember thinking that he was playing the game the way it SHOULD be played - with flair and finesse. Even for a big man, he had the soft touch.
He made plays that were less like a sport and more like poetry.
I'll never forget his dream shake and his unstoppable array of moves and he'll always be the man who brought me into basketball.
As for now, I appreciate the banging of bodies and the brutality more than I do the grace and subtelty of the game.
That's why I <3 Lou.
So, who were the players who got you interested in ball? And as with a lot of the stuff I do, I need pictures added. Because I'm basic.
And if anyone thinking about putting 'Michael Jordan' as the player who got them into basketball, lie. Lie and change it to someone else, add a picture and tell us about what it was that hooked you.