Basketball, part 2

Joe Guilbeau
humorist
Plaquemine Post South

This is part II of the colorful, amazing, and incredible game we call basketball.

One of the most commonly asked questions about basketball is: Who was the tallest basketball player in the history of the game? Some say it was Libyan player Suleiman Ali Nashnush who played at a height of 7'10" but grew even further to 8'1/2" feet tall.

Perhaps the most dominating team in professional sports history was the original Celtics of the old American Basketball League. One year they won 90% of their 150-game season. They were disbanded in 1928.

Holding the record for the most personal fouls committed in one season is Bailey Howell, of the Baltimore Bullets. During the 1964-1965 season Howell was charged with 345 personal fouls.

The Puerto Ricans are enthusiastic basketball fans. In 1938, the citizens of the U.S. territory held a three-week National Celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of basketball's introduction to the island.

St. Thomas College set a record for quick field goals in a losing effort against Albright College. St. Thomas scored four field goals in only 16 seconds.

Boone Trail High School and Angier High, both of North Carolina hold the record for most overtimes in a single game. The two teams played 13 extra frames before Boone Trail could pull out a 56-54 victory.

An interesting story about former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown. On his many trips to Grand Isle whenever he saw the strings were missing from the rim of the basketball goal in a yard or basketball court, he would stop and restring it. If no one saw him they didn't know who did it. I call Mr. Dale Brown a true American Patriot.

There was no doubt LSU basketball coach Will Wade was cheering for LSU at the College Football Championship Game last Monday night.

Wade received his batchelor's degree from Clemson University in 2005 and faithfully supports those tigers, with the exception of the Championship Game Monday.

When asked he said, "Yeah, LSU's going to win." Wade said he was a big college football fan. He was asked to predict the score. He said, "I like LSU, about 42-27 . . . Something like that." He added with a smile, "We'll score six touchdowns. That may be a little on the light side, but I like 42-27."

When a reporter joked that his alumni card could be revoked he replied, "IT MIGHT, BUT THAT'S ALL RIGHT. I'M AN LSU TIGER NOW. THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES."