June 19, 2008

Where Are They Now? Part II (2005, updated 2008)

Victim #2: (June 2005) Sergio McClain

The recipient of the Original Lipton (courtesy of one Mr. RonnieFields), Peoria's Finest has reared his head again, this time withthe Mahoning Valley Wildcats (IBL). That's in Youngstown, Ohio, although I'm sure you knew that. "I became a dad and got fat," he said of his fate.

(2008 Update: That’s Coach Sergio to you, now. In April he took on his first head coaching gig at Parkland College in Champaign. His dad is right down the road an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini.)

Facializer #2: (June 2005) Ronnie Fields

Excerpts from an interview with the once-high-flyer, before he got cut by the CBA's Rockford Lightning in March. A bigger crash than the one he had over Sergie Mac was the car accident that derailed his NBA hoop dreams. Rockford's all-time leading scorer, forwhatever that's worth. Prior stint with the USBL's PennsylvaniaValleyDawgs (was he coached by Darryl Dawkins?) Now he's with the Globetrotters -- no, not those, the Trotamundos del Carabobo, in Venezuela!

(2008 Update: A YouTube fan is assembling an unofficial Ronnie “Air” Fields documentary. Here’s Part1 and Part 2. Plus some extra tube of his 4-foot vertical, and him going over and beyond his opponent -- I guess that’s Sergio, but I’ll bet he’s got a few highlights just like this one. A mural of his famous soaring slam graces the wall of Farragut High School, where he ran for a year with future NBA champion Kevin Garnett. He’s still ballin’, though. His most recent sighting was in North Dakota, lifting off with the Minot SkyRockets of the CBA.)


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