Tariq Abdul-Wahad is a French basketball coach and former player. Abdul-Wahad is the current head coach of varsity boys' basketball at Lincoln High School of San Jose, California; as Olivier Saint-Jean, he played college basketball at San Jose State. In 1997, the Sacramento Kings selected Saint-Jean in the first round of the NBA draft as the 11th overall pick, Saint-Jean converted to Islam and changed his name to Tariq Abdul-Wahad. From 1997 to 2003, Abdul-Wahad played in the NBA for the Kings, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, he was the first player to be raised in France and play in the NBA. Olivier Saint-Jean was born in Maisons-Alfort near Paris from parents who were natives of French Guiana, his mother George Goudet was a professional basketball player. After graduating from Lycee Aristide Briand in 1993, Abdul-Wahad first played college basketball for two years at Michigan and transferred to San Jose State in 1995. Abdul-Wahad was part of the San Jose State team that won the 1996 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and made the NCAA tournament despite a 13-16 record.
He changed his name to Tariq Abdul-Wahad after converting to Islam in 1997. He was known as a defensive specialist, but his playing time was restricted in seasons due to injuries, he only played in 236 out of a possible 788 games. In the whole 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons Abdul-Wahad was on the Dallas Mavericks' roster on injured reserve, as he was permanently unable to play, he was released by Mavericks on 28 September 2005, during training camp prior to the 2005–06 season. In November 2006 Italian team Climamio Bologna invited Abdul-Wahad to a try out, but he was not signed, his No. 3 jersey was retired by San Jose State in 2002, however the banner hanging in the Event Center Arena refers to him as Olivier Saint-Jean, the name he used while in college. Abdul-Wahad's peak year as a pro was with the Sacramento Kings in the lockout-shortened 1999 NBA season, when he was a starter for the team, they pushed the Utah Jazz to the brink of elimination but lost in the fifth and final game of the series.
Abdul-Wahad played for the France men's national under-18 basketball team at the 1992 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship where his team won gold. In 2005, Abdul-Wahad played the part of King Negus of Abyssinia in the video play Mercy to Mankind: Part 1, The Prophecy Fulfilled, sponsored by the MAS Youth Chapter, Texas. Abdul-Wahad finished his B. A. in art history at San Jose State University in 2008 and enrolled in the M. A. program at San Jose State afterwards. He started a clothing business in Brazil with a friend and a television production company in France. On July 21, 2011, the Division II Cal State Monterey Bay Otters women's basketball team hired Abdul-Wahad as an assistant coach. Abdul-Wahad became head varsity boys' basketball coach at Lincoln High School of San Jose, California in 2012. NBA bio Complete stats @ basketball-reference.com fiba.com Profile
Scot L. Pollard is an American retired professional basketball player. In an eleven-year NBA career, he played for five teams, spending the bulk of his career with the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers. Pollard was born in Murray and grew up in San Diego and Kennewick, Washington, he attended the University of Kansas and was the 19th pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, selected by the Detroit Pistons. For every season, except his first, Pollard appeared in the NBA Playoffs including in the 2007 NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he won a championship in his final season with the Boston Celtics. In 2016, Pollard appeared as a contestant in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, the 32nd season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor; the competition was filmed in Koh Rong, Cambodia during the spring of 2015 and premiered on February 17, 2016. He placed 8th. Pollard was one of six children in a devout Mormon family, his father, Pearl Pollard, played basketball at the University of Utah.
For three years, he played high school basketball at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego before moving to Kennewick, Washington to play for Kamiakin High School most of his senior year. Parade magazine named Pollard a high school All-American in 1993, he graduated from Torrey Pines and attended the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in education. While playing NCAA basketball, Pollard finished sixth in Jayhawks history among free throw shooters with 358, fourth in rebounds with 850, second in blocked shots with 218. Pollard was selected 19th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, with whom he debuted during the 1997-98 NBA season. In 33 games with the Pistons, he averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists per game. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Christian Laettner, but Pollard never suited up for a game with them and was waived a month later. Pollard was traded to the Sacramento Kings, whose management was in the midst of building a successful playoff team at the time.
With the Kings he suffered an injury that allowed him to play only for sixteen games during the lockout-shortened 1999 season. It was during his stint with the Kings that he became a solid backup to center Vlade Divac starting at power forward when Chris Webber was injured. Pollard spent the 2002–03 NBA season plagued by injuries. After that season, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers. Pollard had an average of 3.4 rebounds, 3.2 points scored, 0.4 assists per game. He played an average of about 12 minutes per game. Pollard's contract with the Pacers expired following the 2005–06 season. On August 18, 2006, Pollard signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Cavaliers lost the 2007 NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs four games to none, Pollard played one minute of game 2. On August 9, 2007, Pollard signed a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics. Pollard chose #66 as his new uniform number, jokingly claimed he took it because he would not be allowed to have three 6's. Pollard played limited minutes during the season and saw no playing time during the Celtics championship run in the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
He retired shortly after. On March 11, 2007, Pollard caused minor controversy when he looked into the camera during a 20-second timeout and said "Hey kids, do drugs." The light on top of the camera was not working and Pollard intended to get a laugh out of the media truck. Pollard apologized for the incident. Pollard was known across the NBA for his peculiar hairstyles, which included a Mohawk, a single pony tail, a bald head. On January 2, 2006, he introduced a new hairstyle when he wore two pony tails during a Pacers home game against the Seattle SuperSonics. While with the Sacramento Kings, Pollard received the nickname "Samurai Scot." During the 2007–08 season, Pollard hosted "Planet Pollard," a segment of the show Celtics Now, on Comcast SportsNet. He visited various locales and gave tours and information about the place he is visiting. On April 12, 2008, during a game against the Atlanta Hawks, Pollard filled in for color commentator Tom Heinsohn on CSN New England's game telecast. Pollard, out for the season after left ankle surgery, has color analyst experience with the Sacramento Kings and WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.
Pollard joined NBA TV in 2009. On October 3, 2014, Mark Boyle announced that Pollard would be joining the Indiana Pacers radio crew. In 2012, Pollard portrayed the titular Axeman in the horror film Axeman at Cutter's Creek. In 2014, he played the role of B. H. Born in the film Jayhawkers. In 2016, Pollard appeared as a contestant on Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, competing in the 32nd season of the competitive reality television series Survivor as part of the To Tang and Dara tribes. Though Kaôh Rōng was the 32nd season to air, it was the 31st filmed, having been shot before Survivor: Cambodia, which aired first, he became the fourth member of the jury. He finished in eighth place, he and his closest ally, Kyle Jason, provided the decisive votes for Michele Fitzgerald. Scot Pollard bio at NBA.com Basketball-Reference.com: Scot Pollard PlanetPollard.com
Charles Smith (basketball, born 1975)
Charles Cornelius Smith is an American former professional basketball player. He was the Alphonso Ford Trophy winner and an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2005. Smith played high school basketball in Fort Worth. Collegiately, Smith was a star at the University of New Mexico, with the Lobos. Smith played with the Denver Nuggets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. A prolific scorer, he starred in European national leagues with Makedonikos Kozani, Virtus Bologna, Efes Istanbul. With the Italian League team Scavolini Pesaro in 2005, he won the first-ever Alphonso Ford Trophy, as he was the best scorer in the 2004–05 EuroLeague season, he was named the Finals MVP of the ULEB Cup in the 2006–07 season, while playing with the Spanish ACB League club Real Madrid. He moved back to the Turkish Basketball Super League for the 2008–09 season, when he signed with Efes Pilsen, he moved back to Italy for the 2010–11 season, when he signed a one-year contract with Lottomatica Roma.
Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Charles Smith at acb.com Charles Smith at euroleague.net Charles Smith at nba.com Charles Smith at legabasket.it Charles Smith at tblstat.net
Derek Anderson (basketball)
Derek Lamont Anderson is an American former professional basketball player. Anderson was a All-Star in the state of Kentucky. Anderson played the University of Kentucky. In 1996, Anderson helped the University of Kentucky win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship as part of a team that featured nine future NBA players under their coach Rick Pitino. Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1997 with a degree in pharmacy, he was first selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 13th overall pick to the 1997 NBA draft, despite missing much of his second senior season at Kentucky due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He played for Cleveland from 1997 to 1999. On August 4, 1999 he was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Johnny Newman to the L. A. Clippers for Lamond Murray. Anderson was ranked 7th in the NBA in free throw percentage in 1999–2000. Anderson's NBA career was plagued by injuries. In the 2004–2005 season he only played in 8 of the final 42 games for the Portland Trail Blazers, missed similar numbers of games in prior seasons.
On August 3, 2005, he was the first player in the league waived using the so-called "luxury tax amnesty clause" of the 2005 NBA collective bargaining agreement. He would sign with the Houston Rockets as a free agent before being traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Gerald Fitch; the Heat would win the 2006 NBA Finals in six games after defeating the Dallas Mavericks to give Anderson his first championship. Anderson was waived by Heat on September 2006, prior to the beginning of the 2006 -- 07 season. Several weeks on November 28, he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. Questions about state hall of fame selection process, Bob Watkins, The Spencer Magnet "NBA biography of Derek Anderson". Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2011. ESPN.com – Derek Anderson "Kentucky Wildcats biography". Archived from the original on November 10, 1999. Retrieved September 11, 2011. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown Derek Anderson page on BigBlueHistory.net
Adonal David Foyle is a Vincentian-American retired professional basketball center. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the eighth overall selection of the 1997 NBA Draft, he played ten seasons with the team until the team bought out his contract on August 13, 2007. At the time, he had been the Warriors' longest-tenured player, he played two seasons with the Orlando Magic and part of the 2008–09 season with the Memphis Grizzlies, sat out the next season due to knee surgery, retired. As of 2018, Foyle does Warriors post game commentary for ABC 7 in San Francisco. Foyle was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At the age of 15, Foyle was adopted by professors at Colgate University, he first attended high school at Cardinal O'Hara Catholic High in Pennsylvania. He transferred after sophomore year and attended high school at Hamilton Central School, where he helped the HCS Emerald Knights gain their first two state championships; as of 2016, his 47 points and 25 rebounds in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals in 1994 are tied for the most in either statistical category in a state tournament game.
In his official biography, Foyle explained that he enrolled at Colgate University because "he wanted the opportunity to learn the principles of the game in a slower paced setting, where the coach would be able to give him the attention he desired." With the Colgate Raiders, he was the school's all-time leading rebounder and 2nd all-time leading scorer. He led the Raiders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, he left as the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots with 492, despite playing only three college seasons. He now ranks third all-time, behind Jarvis Varnado. In 1999, Foyle graduated from Colgate magna cum laude with a history degree. Politically motivated, he founded the organization Democracy Matters, which tries to curb the effects of money on politics. In his NBA career, Foyle averaged 1.6 blocks per game. He was among the top-10 in blocks per game three times during his career. In July 2004, during the offseason, the Golden State Warriors re-signed Foyle to a six-year, $42 million contract.
Foyle played sparingly during the 2006–07 season under head coach Don Nelson, was waived by the Warriors on August 13, 2007, with three years and $29.2 million remaining on his contract. On August 23, 2007, Foyle signed with the Orlando Magic for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million. On August 2, 2008, he re-signed with the Magic for another year at the veteran minimum, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on February 19, 2009. On March 1, 2009 the Grizzlies waived Foyle, he signed with the Orlando Magic on March 2009 for the rest of the season. That year, in August, Foyle re-signed with the Magic. However, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery before the season began, did not play that season. On August 17, 2010, Foyle announced his retirement. On September 7, 2010, the Magic named Foyle the team's director of player development, which he held until 2012. In his spare time, Foyle is a political activist, he has reviewed books for HOOP Magazine. In 2001, he founded Democracy Matters, a non-partisan student organization, as an effort to counteract political apathy on college campuses.
The organization's signature issue is campaign finance reform Clean Elections. Active on over 50 college campuses, Democracy Matters involves hundreds of students and faculty nationwide through teach-ins, letter writing and petition campaigns, educational seminars, voter registration drives. In 2005, Foyle founded the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which serves children in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, he played a cameo role of "detective" in the 2006 movie The Darwin Awards. Foyle became an American citizen on March 13, 2007, after being in the U. S. for 18 years. He became a member of the National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee, he was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board in 2008. On September 24, 2009, Foyle was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. Only eight other NBA players have been inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. In 2013, Foyle released his first children's book, called Too Tall Foyle Finds His Game. In January 2014, Foyle traveled to Spain and Morocco as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy for the U.
S. Department of State. In this function, he worked with Ruth Riley to conduct basketball clinics for more than 600 youth from under-served areas. In so doing, Foyle helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to promote conflict resolution, greater understanding and inclusion through sport; the Golden State Warriors appointed Foyle as the team's community ambassador in 2014. List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career blocks leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leaders Adonal Foyle's homepage Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com "Adonal Foyle biography". Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2005. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown at NBA.com Kerosene Lamp Foundation Democracy Matters C-SPAN Q&A interview with Foyle, March 5, 2006
Tim Thomas (basketball)
Timothy Mark Thomas is a retired American professional basketball player. A versatile 6'10" forward with a soft shooting touch, Thomas was tabbed as a future NBA star when he was still in high school, was selected to the McDonald's All-American team after averaging 25.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Paterson Catholic High School. Following his freshman year at Villanova University, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1997 NBA Draft and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the Sixers' draft pick. Thomas enjoyed a solid rookie season, averaging 11.0 points per game, was named to the NBA's All-Rookie 2nd Team. The Sixers would grow impatient with a sophomore slump from Thomas, in 1999 he and Scott Williams were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Jerald Honeycutt and Tyrone Hill. Milwaukee was enamored with Thomas's raw talent and versatility, hoped he could blossom into a star with more seasoning, it looked like things were coming together for Thomas during the 2000–01 season, when he averaged a career-high 13.4 ppg for the Bucks.
On January 5, 2001, Thomas connected on eight three-point field goals in the second half of Milwaukee's 119–115 loss to Portland. During his time with the Bucks, then-teammate Ray Allen was quoted as saying, "If he wanted to, Tim Thomas could be the best player in the league." After a strong playoff performance that year, Thomas signed a new deal with the Bucks worth $66 million over six years, despite being offered more money by Chicago. On February 16, 2004, Thomas was traded to the New York Knicks in a three team trade that included the Atlanta Hawks; the trade sent Keith Van Horn, whom Thomas was traded for during the 1997 draft, from the Knicks to the Bucks, Nazr Mohammed from the Hawks to the Knicks, Joel Pryzbilla from the Bucks to the Hawks, Michael Doleac from the Knicks to the Hawks. During game 1 of the Knicks' first round playoff series against the Nets, Thomas suffered an injury that kept him out of the remainder of the playoffs, when he was fouled by Jason Collins and taken out of the game on a stretcher.
The incident started a long feud with Nets forward Kenyon Martin, who Thomas called a fake tough guy, that continued past both players' playing careers. In 2017, Thomas rehashed their feud on an episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Thomas told Brandon Scoop B Robinson that he'd like to settle his feud with Kenyon Martin once and for all with a boxing match; the proceeds would go to the charity of their choice. Martin declined. Prior to the 2005–06 season, Thomas was traded to the Chicago Bulls, along with Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, a 2006 1st round draft pick, a 2007 1st round draft pick, a 2007 2nd round draft pick and a 2009 2nd round draft pick, in exchange for Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis and a 2007 1st round draft pick. Playing in the final year of his contract, Thomas was given minimal minutes from the rebuilding Bulls. After playing just three games for Chicago, Thomas was deactivated while dealing with ankle and back injuries. After not playing for nearly four months, Thomas was granted his release from the Bulls.
On March 1, 2006, Thomas agreed to terms with the Phoenix Suns to a contract for the remainder of the season. He made his debut with the Suns two days scoring 20 points off the bench in a 123-118 win over Orlando. Playing alongside reigning NBA MVP Steve Nash, Thomas rejuvenated his career in Phoenix. In the playoffs, Thomas played a crucial role in the Suns run to the Western Conference Finals. Starting in place of injured All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire, Thomas scored a game-high 22 points with 15 rebounds in a game 1 victory in the first round over the Lakers. In game 6, Thomas hit the game-tying three at the end of regulation and an important three-pointer late in overtime to seal the Suns win; the Suns won game 7. In the Suns' second round series against the Clippers, Thomas was credited for his defense on Elton Brand, helping the team to another seven game series win. In the Western Conference Finals, Phoenix fell to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. In game five of that series, Thomas "blew a kiss" to Maverick Dirk Nowitzki, who proceeded to score a total of 50 pts for the game.
Thomas expressed an interest in re-signing with Phoenix, though the Suns were over the salary cap and expected Stoudemire to return as their starter. On July 13, 2006, Thomas signed a four -- $24 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, he started in place of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman, though Thomas himself battled injuries. On November 21, 2008, Thomas and Cuttino Mobley were traded to the New York Knicks, in exchange for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins. In his return to the Knicks, Thomas was reuinted with Mike D'Antoni, his coach in Phoenix. On February 19, 2009, Tim was traded again to the Bulls along with center Jerome James and guard Anthony Roberson in exchange for guard Larry Hughes just before the trade deadline, his second stint in Chicago was more successful than his first, as he provided veteran leadership to the young team, helping the Bulls make a late season push to qualify for the playoffs. Though entering the playoffs as the seventh seed, they were able to push their first round series against the defending–champion Boston Celtics to a full seven games.
On July 14, 2009, the Bulls negotiated a buyout of Thomas's $6.5 million contract. On July 28, 2009, the Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Thomas. In late January, however, he left the team temporarily to take care of his wife, who had an undisclosed illness. In August 2010 Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks worth the veteran
Austin Nathan Croshere is a retired American professional basketball player who played for five different NBA teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association, is now a TV broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers. Croshere went to Crossroads School in Santa Monica and played college basketball for Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Croshere was the 12th pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, selected by the Indiana Pacers. A 6'10", hard-nosed player who can play the power forward and small forward positions, Croshere has shot 33.9% from three-point range over the course of his ten-year career. In the 1999–2000 NBA season, he had peaked at just the right time as he helped the Pacers advance to the 2000 NBA Finals, marking the Pacers' first Finals appearance since the ABA-NBA merger, he was rewarded for his performance in the regular season and the playoffs with a hefty contract, Croshere played 49 games in 2002-03, averaging a career-low 12.9 minutes per game that season as he fell out of the rotation.
Croshere became an important backup during the Rick Carlisle years, was a key contributor against the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals. On September 26, 2008, Larry Bird announced that Croshere was invited to training camp with the Pacers for an opportunity at a second stint, he was waived on October 23, 2008. On July 5, 2006, Croshere was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Marquis Daniels; this move left Jeff Foster as the last Pacer remaining from the 1999-2000 Eastern Conference championship team. Croshere scored a career-high 34 points in a Mavericks 122-102 win against the Seattle SuperSonics on January 30, 2007. On August 3, 2007, Croshere signed with the Golden State Warriors; the 2007-2008 season was the first in Croshere's career. Croshere spent the 2008-09 pre-season with the Indiana Pacers. However, he was waived by the Pacers. On October 27, he was signed off waivers by the Milwaukee Bucks, he was released January 2009 after averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Croshere was signed to a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs on 16 January 2009. He was released on 28 January after scoring 4 points. In February 2010, Croshere joined Fox Sports Indiana as a pre and post-game analyst for Pacers games, he has served as a color commentator. NBA.com Profile - Austin Croshere NBA biography of Croshere NBA biography of Croshere