Do you Remember Earl Boykins?

Were you lucky enough to have watched a game in which Earl Boykins played? If you were then your probably smirking right now while saying to yourself, “Boykins was the man.” Yes he was. When he played in the NBA he represented everything that doesn’t make sense in the world. He defyed gravity. He was David battling Goliath. He was awesome and better to watch on television from an overhead perspective than courtside where you probably couldn’t see him half the time hiding behind a giant. He was faster and stronger than anybody expected. He was only 5’5″ and believe it or not he would out bench most of his team.

Boykins had a good career in the NBA. He played a total of 10 seasons for a few different teams. He almost always came off the bench and provided instant offense. To summarize he was a great role player. Well in August of 2008 he officially became Italy’s highest paid player for this 2008-2009 season signing a one year contract for $3.5 million. He no longer is just a role player and is earning a salary and a starting position that is finally showing him the respect he has always deserved. I just thought I would keep you all informed. Oh and to those European teammates of his: next time Boykins hits a game winning shot, don’t pick him up off the ground and don’t pat him on the top of his head. Maybe let him chest bump the towel boy instead or something?

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2 Responses

  1. Oh man Dino, you and your obsession with Earl Boykins. Looking out for a fellow vertically-challenged baller! I’m kidding-Earl B was a pretty good player who made the most out of every inch he had.

    • Haha yeahh I have to look out for the other vertically challenged players… I might write about Chris Paul soon too… although I give credit where it’s due to all players of different sizes. Just below the Boykins article I pointed out that it must be difficult to dance as well as Shaq considering he is 300 lbs and 7 foot with a size 23 shoe…

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