Monday, August 27, 2007

Houston Rockets' Rafer Alston Slashes Man's Throat in Night Club

Houston Rockets guard, Rafer "Skip To My Lou" Alston has been charged with slashing a man's throat in a New York City night club. Earlier this month, Alston was charged with assault in Houston. It's nice to see that Skip To My Lou is "keepin' it real." I know that a lot of people questioned whether the former New York (Rucker Park) street ball legend "sold out" by going to "the League." Well, Rafer Alston may have had to swallow his pride and play by a coach's rules (in order to earn his NBA paychecks, which net him millions), but he sure as hell ain't playin' by society's rules. Play on playa!

Rafer Alston has always been known for his dazzling ball handling skills and for his ability to beat his defender off the dribble. Apparently, he now wants to be known as a slasher too.


I was discussing Rafer Alston's alleged throat slashing attack with some friends last night (none of them were aware of Skip to My Lou's arrest), when I realized that Alston played his college basketball for Jerry Tarkanian, at Fresno State. Avondre Jones and Kenny Brunner were Alston's Fresno State teammates in 1998, when Jones and Brunner were charged with robbing and assaulting a man with a a samurai sword. Jones was later convicted for the robbery and samurai sword assault.

I doubt that Rafer Alston made it to class very often, but, apparently, he at least learned something at Fresno State ... fencing.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Wake Forest Names Gaudio

Wake Forest has named Dino Gaudio its new men's head basketball coach. Gaudio succeeds the late Skip Prosser, who died of a heart attack last month.

Wake Forest made a wise decision by promoting Gaudio, who had been an assistant on Prosser's staff and will continue with the system that Prosser had implemented. Skip Prosser's sudden and tragic death left Wake Forest basketball in a state of turmoil. Wake Forest basketball will be best served by maintaining the program that Prosser had built, rather than start over with a new coaching staff and a new system.

Stricken by tragedy and facing an uncertain future, the continuity that Dino Gaudio brings is exactly what Wake Forest basketball needs.