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June 27, 2008

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



Victim #4 – (September 2005)

Jaren Jackson

With Spalding tattoos courtesy of Kobe, Spree, and countless other high-flying guards (Ron Mercer at 1:44 on this video), dude made NBA fans repeatedly scream the age-old question, "Why Jump?" Now the former New Orleans high school standout and Georgetown wing has jumped into the coaching ranks, following the footsteps of fellow Victim Alston Lister (Series III).

Jaren has landed in Indiana with the Gary Steelheads (a team apparently named after the residents who still choose to live there -- just kidding!) This follows a stint with the now-defunct Philly Fusion (ABA).

(2008 Update: Jaren’s got an affinity for Hoosier State semi-pro squads with crazy names. The 2006 CBA Coach of the Year with the Steelheads, this time he’s moved over to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League, returning to the town where he played in the CBA before joining the Spurs.)


Facializer #4 – (September 2005)

Robert Pack

Quick, who was Eurobasket's Lithuanian League Guard of the Year, leading perennial power Zalgiris to the national League title and the Baltic League Championship? Why, none other than the Pack-Man! Robert used to pack it on NBA frontcourt players (Shawn Kemp, Thurl Bailey, Shawn Bradley) with no fear back in his heyday.

(2008 Update: Robert has since hung up his shoelaces. He made a short-lived attempt at returning to the League with the Raps in the ’05 preseason, but didn’t make the roster. In Dallas, he ran into mortgage troubles and a legal dispute over a house with the oft-injured and oft-whining Cowboy receiver Terry Glenn, who I’d better refer to as a “He” or else I might get sued too! He also is parlaying his worldly travels into on online travel agent gig, along with a bunch of ex-athletes the likes of James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Mike Alstott, and Lou Brock – I dunno if a guy most famous for ‘steals’ with my money, but hey…)

His comment to a fan on the 1994 Slam Dunk Contest, where he was runner-up:
"I was more of a game dunker, hoping a big guy would challenge me at the rim. The 1994 dunk contest was hard for me without the 7-footers to go after."
YouTube: It’s Robert Pack, by a nose! Watch him stone an Estonian by throwing dem ‘bows in Baltic League ball.




~iyf



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