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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  67 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Latrell Sprewell

SPREEEEEEEEEEEEE. This dude was fierce. His emphatic dunks remind of KMart’s, just more hops. Outside of the choking fiasco and pleading poverty after being offered $21 million, Sprewell had a lot to offer on the basketball court. He was a paralyzing defender, fantastic in the open floor, and a great finisher. He helped lead the Knicks to the Finals in ’99 and was a 4x NBA All Star. His best season statistically was with Golden State in ’96-’97 when he posted averages of 24.2 pts, 6.3 assists, 4.6 rbs, and 1.7 stls. Spree was also a vital part of the And1 NBA crew back in the day. Shout out to Nick for the videos below.

-Schneezy

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  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    I wanted that 99 team to beat San Antonio so bad back in the day. I loved Spree, he was an exciting and well rounded player…he was crazy though.

  • C-Mac

    Man I would’ve loved to see him on a team with AI..

  • Yann Blavec

    He seems to dunk always the same way.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Homeboy was NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!! His dunks were ridiculous….I wish him, Timmy and C-Webb could have had some time together instead of being broken apart so quickly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Emphatic was a good word for Spree.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Sprewell embodied everything NYC fans love in a New York Knick: heart, swag, toughness, fearlessness… someone who’s brings it 100% each night he puts that Knicks jersey on.

  • JTaylor21

    Is latrell sprewell gonna have to choke a coach.

  • The D Train

    Golden State Spree was one of my top-3 fav players of that time period.

  • The D Train

    and should mention that for that reason, I LOVED Slam issue number 5. Still one of my all-time favorite covers.

  • The Philosopher

    Yeah, Sprewell was tough.
    When you have rims named after you…
    You’re tough, anyway.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    THROWIN DOWN JEWELZ LIKE LATRELL OH WELL, SOME CATS THINK THEY KNEW YOU TOO WELL, OH WELL.

  • http://slamonline.com JAY

    THROWIN DOWN JEWELZ LIKE LATRELL OH WELL, SOME CATS THINK THEY KNEW YOU TOO WELL, OH WELL.

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    @IAMORANGE He definitely was the perfect fit for a NY jersey. He was athletic as hell, but does anyone remember his stepback jumper? It was automatic and it seemed like he would leap backwards all the way from the foul line to the 3point line.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    wow… i never knew he was so… bouncy, in his GS days

  • larrylegend

    the SLAM cover with spree & timmy was da bomb; he and horry at alabama too.

  • JTaylor21

    SLAM can we get a FOTS Minnesota KG, dude was a straight BEAST and was consistently putting up Larry Legend numbers. It’s a shame that all that greatness had to be stuck on such average team for too long.

  • Hussman25

    Choke artist!

  • hammer

    Latrell had the complete package. All around player. 1 of the top defenders @ the time and 1 of the best sg of all time even if it was short lived. Was a HOF caliber player no doubt. Had he lowered his ego he may have well prolonged his career.

  • Ramn

    FEROCIOUS!!!!

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    That Game 5 of the 99 Finals he was just ridiculous, he hit shot after shot that night. Hm vs Duncan that night is one of the NBA’s underrated duels

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    Co-sign all the Knicks fans. Looking at this, then this year. . . *sigh*

  • Overtime

    Scheezy has it right, his two handed dunks were BEASTLY, maybe the best guard at the two handed dunk.
    look at 1.21, guy looks like he’s jumping off a stepladder

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That dude loved that two-handed dunk. He was a beast on Live 95. He used to wreck shop. One of the best right-handed bandits of his era.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @dfrance21: Spree should be on the Knicks All-Decade List for the 2000′s decade. Just sayin.

  • Darius (Eastern Michigan’s Future)

    I remember when those spinner Dada shoes came out. classic times

  • JTaylor21

    I know it’s a GREAT day whenever I get to hear Big L rap, a true Harlem legend RIP.

  • http://twitter.com/smk73 SMK

    How’s he feeding his family these days anyway?

  • permaculture james

    he could cock that two hander before he literally threw it down. Remember the glasses he wore post game w the Knicks? he was like a choir boy (albeit a stylish one) in them as he kept a low profile post Carlesimo. Won me over. So much more star power to me than A Houston or Ewing. Great seeing his hairdos pre knicks; on the east coast I didn’t see him at all prior.

  • hammer

    @iamorange4ever:no offense but just out of curiosity,who else would u put on the knicks 2000 all decade team?

  • http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/knicks/2009/03/spree-deserves-place-on-knicks.html IAMORANGE4EVER

    @hammer: No offense, but you’re confused. Read the following by Frank Isola.

    Spree deserves place on Knicks all-decades list »
    By Frank Isola

    Donnie Walsh is not only working on the Knicks’ future but he’s also reconnecting with the Knicks’ past.

    Walsh announced today that the Knicks will honor the best player from each of the past six decades during halftime of the Knicks-Magic game on March 23. Unfortunately, Carl Braun (1940s) is not well enough to attend. But Richie Guerin (1950), Willis Reed (1960), Walt Frazier (1970), Bernard King (1980) and Patrick Ewing (1990) will all be in attendance.

    It’s a great idea by Walsh, who says he’s waiting until 2010 before honoring the best player of the past decade. (So don’t count out Jerome James out just yet.) It will be interesting to see which player is chosen; let’s fact it, either Latrell Sprewell or Allan Houston will get the nod.

    Allan had a terrific career but Latrell made a bigger impact in the last decade. He was the Knicks top player in 2000 and 2001 when the franchise last made the playoffs. Latrell’s departure was ugly and I’m sure there are people in the organization who would rather name Houston. But Spree has got to be the one.

  • http://slamonline.com AJ

    seems like new york has brought all type of wrong players since sprewell was traded to minnesota!! all current knicks players lackt the toughness and the heart that the knicks has been missing for the last 7 years

  • NJ4Life

    the nba’s version of chris tucker

  • hammer

    @ orange. K. That makes sense. The frank isola mention was what was missing n ur previous post.The way u had word it was “the knicks all decade list for the 2000′s decade” implying that the knicks had enuff players and success n the 2000′s 2 deem them worthy of a 2000 all decade team

  • http://mybasketball.co.za/ Darren

    Wow, thanks for the trip down memory lane. Spree and C-Webb running the floor down in Golden State is one of my all-time favourite NBA highlights. Like LJ, wish it had lasted longer.

  • hammer

    Remember how spree had ny n the palm of his hand? He went from villain 2 hero n a span of a couple months when the knicks signed him(lockout shortened season). Its incredible how he shed that image n such a short period of time and get endorsements such as and1. By comparison it took kobe a good 3-4 yrs 2 rehab his and 2 get endorsed by nike. And even still 2 this day people know him as a “rapist.” Vernon maxwell never got over punching that fan n portland. Kermit washingtons image is 4ever tarnished by 1 swing 2 the face of rudy tomjanovich despite kermits sincere public remorse about the incident

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    When I think of Spree, I actually think of the battles he had against Vince Carter in the 2000 playoffs. Dude was a defensive nightmare for Carter in that series, which was the year Carter became an NBA sensation with that dunk contest and all that.

  • Martey

    Although Im a Knicks fan, Golden State Latrell Was the man. What year was down when he put on a freakin clinic at the All Star Game, with the afro an all.

  • tavoris

    Live 95, Allenp-lemme find out we bout the same age, homie

  • vtrobot

    Word to the S.S. Milwaukee’s Best. @ C-Mac, funny that you mention AI. Spree was just like AI during the ’99 Finals. Hitting crazy ridiculous shots, playing with huge heart. Seemed like the only Knick who gave a f*ck during those Finals. Great footage of a freakishly athletic and fast as hell dude. With that song, one of the best FOTS yet.

  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    Bless you, Schneezy! And to the best player on Live 95…stay up homie

  • dma

    wasn’t it Spree, CWebb and Joe Smith on one of the NBA Jam squads?

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    RIP BIG L

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Off 2 feet, with 2 hands. Power. All business.

  • Josh

    As kids we would lower the basket and practice different kinds of dunks. We would pretend to be Shaq, Kemp, Jordan, Nique but my favorite was always the ‘crazy legs’ Sprewell dunks. Video brings back some great memories.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    We probably are close. I was 15 when Live dropped and changed the video game landscape for all time.

  • http://www.oprah.com Doyouwantmore

    So did what ‘people say’ actually not turn out to be true? lol

  • total scrotal implosion

    04 minny was legit. Just a heartbreaker cwebbs 3 at the buzzer of game 7 went in and out. Damn….. So who fell off quicker spree or stevie?

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    I feel compelled to add that, for me too, Live 95 was where it all began. The hours I spent playing that thing… epic battles against friends, the unstoppable Dan Majerle. My goodness.

  • logues

    with how much hops he had, u would think he woulda had more than like one dunk

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Thank you! One of my all-time favorite ball players. Helped bring the Knicks back to another finals… Will never forget it.

  • B.C.

    i got tired of watching the video he’s doing the same dunk over and over.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I too remember playing with Sprewell and he being unstoppable in the game. He is one of my favorite players ever.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    So are these little features you guys have been doing basically “aww what the fu(k lets put this sh!t up lol”?

  • the Danker Nuggets

    damn AZ, Mcgruff, and Big L on the same track! what album is this song on?

  • JD

    1) . I almost forgot how explosive this guy was!

    2). Is it just me or Latrell look just like skinny version of Chris Tucker?…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ah, back when Cam’Ron (K!lla Cam) actually rhymed…

  • Ghost

    Slam should do a “Where are they now?” list once this is over. I’m sure it wouldn’t take Slam writer’s long to find a humorous headline for Latrell Sprewel.

  • Ghost

    Sprewell*

  • dma

    we need a mention of Joes VS Pros. Last night they had JR Rider, Chris Mullin and Kenny Smith on it. They still dominated even though Rider was fat, Mullin played no D and Kenny was busy talking shat.

  • JTaylor21

    @Teddy come on now, Flea still be spitting you just not listening. Check out Boss of All Bosses Mixtapes and you’ll agree. Also shouts out to Vado, SLIMEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • ab_40

    Damn he looked hurt as hell in that second vid. Too bad he didn’t sign that contract with minnesota and bowed out gracefully. he is one of the most explosive skinny dunkers I’ve ever seen.

  • Supreme_Steve

    I remember his signature Dada Sneakers was wack! The only sneaks that I’ve seen with wheel spinners on them.

  • pache

    i sent this in. sprees the man always will be

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    Ostertag threw the most amazingly bad pass at 1:15. Oh, Greg…

  • PlanetAsia14

    Best EMPHATIC dunker of all time. (Followed by Josh Smith, Gerald Wallace, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady (back in Orlando,) etc.

  • PlanetAsia14

    By the way, his double handed emphatic jam is the $hit, classic as always. Dude was just nasty when he did that dunk especially, I loved it.

  • andrew

    BOOM

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