Saturday, May 18, 2002
Scot Pollard was chosen
No. 1 by the Detroit
Pistons in the 1997 National Basketball Assn. draft after his senior season at
Kansas. Some were skeptical he could cut it as a big-time pro. No doubts about
the imaginative guy with the alternating hair hues and styles anymore.
the size and strength and would only get better in those categories in the NBA.
But was he quick enough and skillful enough after averaging just under 10 points
and seven rebounds a game in four years here?
spent the 1998-99 season with the Pistons, saw service with the Atlanta Hawks in
'99 and wound up with the Sacramento Kings in '99. Time was when a spot on the
Kings' roster was akin to being assigned to a Soviet gulag.
all his quirkiness — including a block-long Cadillac gas-guzzler named Marvin
— Pollard is darn serious about making good money and enjoying himself in
basketball. He's doing that, at well over $3 million a year by now. While show
horses like Dennis Rodman flash goofy getups but lead less-than-decent personal
lives, Scot differentiates between wild getups and good citizenship. He's a
husband, father and doggone solid college grad who still enjoys his time in
good news is that Pollard is with a pro team that has championship potential,
even with the ominous Los Angeles Lakers lurking in the background. With the
supremely talented Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and a fine supporting cast, the
Kings could contend a long time.
took a vast turn for the better when Sacramento got point guard Mike Bibby to
take over for the mercurial Jason Williams. Jason, who was dropped at Florida,
was sensational at times, disastrous at others with his self-serving
hot-dogging. Bibby has made one big play after another this season with
Sacramento. Since I love how he's improved things for the likable Pollard, I'm
not as mad at him for helping beat Kansas in the 1997 NCAA meet.
at 6-foot-11, 260 rock-solid pounds, does all sorts of vital things for
Sacramento. He'll muscle and grind and pound, block and defend, finish more
crippies than he used to do at Kansas and could have another 10 years or so in
the NBA. You relish success for a guy like that.