In the early 80’s, the Lakers dominated the Western Conference. It seemed there were three teams fighting to merely finish second…Phoenix, Seattle and Denver. Denver had a triumphant of players who scored at will: Alex English, Dan Issel and Kiki. The Nuggets were all about putting the ball in the basket before you blinked and each player could put up 30…quick. Vandeweghe was a player I followed because his jumper was good money from anywhere. He was a beast and had those Kevin Durant great white shark eyes…eyes that wanted to destroy whoever was attempting to guard him. He was going to get his no matter what and everyone knew it. His Dad, Ernie Vandeweghe, played six seasons with the Knicks and his Mom, Colleen Kay Hutchins, was the 1952 winner of the Miss America pageant. After retiring, Kiki’s Dad was physician in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany…where Kiki was born. In addition, his uncle, Mel Hutchins, was a four time NBA All-Star, Kiki’s sister Tauna swam in the 1976 Olympics and his brother Bruk medalled in beach volleyball during the 1994 Goodwill Games. His niece, Co Co Vandeweghe, is a professional tennis player.
Pundits are throwing around that Steve Nash is greatest player not to play in a final. Huh? That’s a joke right? I can name so many off the top of my head, but I’d rather leave in up to you. Obviously Bernard, seen here, is on the list and I’m sure you can come with many others.
I’m beginning to hear (finally) some folks offer Nash criticism…which never happened publicly until now. I find it crazy there has to be this all out assault on Nash’s legacy, but if the career perception of Gary Payton suffers because of the bright light shining on 13, then some objectivity has to be realized.
GP was a beast!
Remember, if we don’t write it, it will not be written. Jemele held it down on Jim Rhome’s show yesterday confirmed what we’ve been saying about Nash a long time. This conversation must continue or some really good players will never get the proper shine they deserves/