Robert Horry and Lance Blanks combined got over 80% of the vote in our first poll and no one else was even close. It was so close between the two that I decided that both of them deserved to "win" and be added to the Ring of Dishonor but we're also going to have an extra poll today, just between the two of them, to determine which is actually held in the highest disdain by Suns fans when it's just a one-on-one competition. Horry came out slightly ahead in yesterday’s poll but I think that we’ll only know for certain who is #1 by way of a runoff vote.
Dave gave an excellent recounting of both of their transgressions yesterday so I will skip rehashing that and get right to the issue at hand.
Who gets the #1 spot in the Ring of Dishonor?
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Whoever loses will just have to settle for the #2 spot in the Ring of Dishonor.
And we have yet another poll to select the third member of the RoD (hmmmm... I'm not sure I like that acronym). Yesterday’s nominees Vince Carter, Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are all still in the running plus a new nominee.
Dumas' story is probably more sad than anything and his problems began before entering the NBA. He left college early because of drug violations and played professionally in Israel before the Suns decided to take a chance on him and drafted him in the second round with the 46th pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. His rookie season would be delayed as he failed to pass a mandatory drug test and was suspended for the entire 1991-92 season.
The Suns didn't give up on him though and the following season it seemed as though he had turned it around and was an integral part of the 1992-93 Suns team that met the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.
From a Hardwood Paroxysm story "The Lost Season: Richard Dumas, 92-93" from 2011:
"It’s been more than 18 years since his immortal Game 5 performance in the 1993 NBA Finals. In the game’s defining play, Michael Jordan drives left and runs into traffic. As he attempts to get his shot off over an outstretched Oliver Miller, Dumas swipes at the ball, knocking it out of Jordan’s hands and into Danny Majerle’s. He pushes the ball up court and throws a chest pass to a furiously sprinting Dumas for an uncontested, game-clinching dunk. For one series — and it was a great series to choose — Richard Dumas became one of the Phoenix Suns’ most valuable players."
Three months later Dumas was again suspended from the NBA for failing to comply with his rehabilitation guidelines and then team owner Jerry Colangelo decided to cut ties to Dumas. After his suspension for the 1993-94, Dumas did came back to play 15 games for the Suns as a late-season injury replacement in 1994-95 but he wasn't the same and that was it for his career in The Valley. The following year, he joined the Philadelphia 76ers where he received his third strike and was out of the NBA for good.
Dumas’ troubles and mistakes mostly hurt himself but they also left fans of the time wondering ‘what if’.
Who is the next Member of the Phoenix Suns Ring of DISHONOR?
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Don’t forget to bring up potential candidates in the comments section and please add an argument for why they should be included and we will consider adding them to the vote!
Also don’t forget to use the following rules previously outlined by Dave:
- Had to commit at least the biggest, if not all, transgressions while on the Suns roster or in the Suns organization
- Cannot currently be a part of the Suns organization in any capacity
So let’s not drag someone through the mud of the Suns Ring of Dishonor if everything they did wrong happened after being traded away or before being acquired (i.e. Stephon Marbury really didn’t sink to ugly depths until after his Suns stay).
And let’s not bring current players/employees/front office/owners into it.
This is “FORMER players and staff only” Ring of Dishonor.