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He was a 6'7 lefty shooting guard from Indiana University that never quite lived up to his high draft status.  You probably remember Calbert Cheaney.

Cheaney was drafted #6 overall in the 1993 draft by the Washington Bullets.  He'd play his first 6 seasons in the NBA with Washington starting the majority of games he played at the shooting guard.  His two best seasons were 1995 and 1996, when he averaged over 15 ppg.  After the lockout-shortened 1999 season, Cheaney would sign with the Celtics.



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 Of course the trusty Buffoon was looking forward to this:
Calbert is a player who brings veteran leadership and versatility to our club.  He can play either the off-guard or small forward position, and score at a consistent clip.  When we traded away Ron Mercer, we lost 16 points per game.  We feel Cheaney will be able to step in and help make up some of those points.  He can also drive the ball to the basket, and has the capability to be a very strong defender.  Both those things are essential to our system.

When the Celtics had signed Cheaney he had played in a total of 3 playoff games in his entire career.  That's after his first 6 years in the league.  Some veteran leadership, Buffoon.

He'd play in 67 games for the Celts that dismal 2000 season, averaging 4 points in 19 minutes a night.  He'd start 19 games.  After that season he'd be replaced by Bryant Stith, literally traded to Denver along with Robert Pack (who never technically played for the Celtics- but guys like him and Chris Mills, eventually may have to have WTHHTs written about them since I know everyone wants to know what they're up to!) for Stith and Chris Herren.  [Btw, Boston and Denver were like bffs when it came to trading guys.  Back in those days with the Evil Emperor and his trusty Buffoon, it seemed every season the Celtics would make deals with the Nuggets.  Off the top of my head there was this one, the Mercer for Fortson one, and the Shammond Williams for Mark Bryant & Mark Blount one.  There may have been others too.]


Cheaney would go on to play for the Nuggets, Jazz and Warriors until retiring after the 2006 season.

Looking back on his career, it's somewhat similar to my thoughts for Todd Day.  How come guys like Day and Cheaney didn't have a career comparable to Alan Houston?  Was it because the system they played in?  Were they just not as talented, or just didn't work as hard?  The stigma of players from Indiana and Duke not translating into great pros was exemplified by Cheaney and Alan Henderson [speaking of Henderson, I remember watching him as a freshman going against Michigan and their Fab 5 and him being the best player on the court that day.  I really thought he'd be a better pro than what he was.]  As a senior at Indiana Cheaney won all the major individual Player of the Year Awards.  It just didn't translate into a stellar NBA career.

Celticslife insider Cort Reynolds checks in:

Calbert was a real tweener.  Despite being an excellent mid-range shooter he was not a guard and not a true forward.  He didn't have the range or ballhandling skills to be a good NBA guard.  He was not a good dribbler at all, partly because the IU system was based on passing and moving away from the ball and very limited dribbling.  He was a great driver and shooter along the baseline, like a classic cornerman forward.

Calbert was also very nice, unselfish and not very assertive, he would get lost in the shuffle playing with selfish guys who weren't as talented as him.  He was a good leaper and deadly from 14-17 feet.  I remember him actually guarding Jordan quite well in MJ's later years when Cheaney was a Bullet, one year in the playoffs.

Cheaney was a pretty good college 3-point shooter but never extended his range to the NBA 3 point line.  He always ate Jim Jackson's lunch in college when IU played Ohio State.

Back during July of 93 for Calbert's rookie year I was able to get his autograph during the summer at the Doral Arrowwood Hotel in Westchester, NY.  I was with my brother and when he came out, was going to a white van that I assume was bringing him to the court at the Westchester County Center where the games were played.  With his back to us I yelled out "Calbert" (and in doing so, stopped myself and realized what a weird name "Calbert" really is lol). He obliged and signed an autograph for me, making him the second WTHHT player to provide me an autograph after this guy (even though this guy gave my brother his sneaker from a game played in that very same Summer League).


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One thing you may have forgotten about Calbert was that he was in this god-awful Crystal Waters video for "Say If You Feel Alright" (Ben Wallace is singing there too before he became an actual player; the other guy is the immortal Ashraf Amaya, thanks Eillio from the comments below for clarification!).  I had to share the video and make a gif of Calbert's part:



I mean really, could she get a worst cast of players at the time for that video?  Especially since it was before Ben Wallace became Ben Wallace?  I like how Juwan Howard had to get his own special time on screen.  That was around the time Miami tried offering him that enormous contract.  Now look at the corpse the Heat have on their hands on this year's roster lol.

As of 2011, Calbert was named Director of Basketball Operations at Indiana.  He lives with his wife Yvette, and their two children, Julian and Sydney.  Here's his introductory press conference:



For a list of all the "What the Hell Happened To" Series please click here.  

Special shout-out to Cort Reynolds for filling in some valuable information on Calbert's career.  Definitely check out his epic book on the 87 Celtics, "The Greatest Team That Should Have Been" and the Larry Legend Nostalgia Basketball book, located halfway down the page

tb727 12/20/2010 07:46:00 PM Edit
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14 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow is that his wife? She's got great tits!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    That video is 3:41 of my life I'll never get back.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Maybe you guys could have found a more family-type photo to use in your article on Mr.Cheaney.
    However, sexy sells!

  4. tb727 says:

    Holy dog shit lol! Look at all these responses! The picture was chosen because it seems like one of the most recent photos of him, like I do for every WTHHT...

  5. Three Toe says:

    Yea tb, like you just didn't even see the rampant side-boob. I for one, applaud your brave picture choice. See I think we should embrace the human body for what it is, not cover it up like it's something terrible. If your offended by the human figure, I hope you close your eyes when your changing clothes and showering. Then I hope you slip and break your neck.

  6. JR says:

    Lol at the people who've never seen a side boob. My question is what's up with the Cavs jersey in the background? Or do I need to read the entire WTHHT to find out?

  7. Bohemian says:

    LOL at the picture comments, it seems some people still get shocked by a woman's body...I'm sure they're not shocked by images of violence that we see every day in the news. Good picture TB, just a natural and NORMAL pic of a couple.

    Concerning Cheaney, I always liked him but I expected he had played better and longer for us. The Day-Calbert comparison is very accurate :)

    Good article ;)

  8. Bohemian says:

    Eric Williams was also traded to Denver for 2 second rounders :) Also around those years, Battie played for both teams and so did Billups...there was quite some "traffic" between Denver and Boston lol

  9. tb727 says:

    That's right Bohemian about Eric Williams! The Buffoon loved Denver lol.

    Funny JR I didn't even notice that Cavs jersey in that picture. That is strange it's there.

    Funny stuff 3 toe

  10. Anonymous says:

    Bohemian, Three Toe-
    Remember when Antonie Walker's girlfriend was attacked and brutally gang raped by Billups, Mercer,and Antonie Walker's friend Michael Irvin? I just believe sports should show some respect for a women's body. I'm not going to just 'walk by' and say nothing while guys like you used a sports forum to make lewd remarks and call it embracing the human body. Disgusting!

  11. JR says:

    Wow, anonymous. Nice fucking leap. And if you're going to make an accusation about Billups, Mercer, etc at least leave your name. Don't state it like its some fact. Slander much?

    Bohemian is 100% correct that in Europe people aren't as scared of the human body. Oh wow some cleavage? Big flippin deal. Get over it.

    Either leave a comment about Cheaney or go somewhere else to play hall monitor. TB, 3-Toe, and Bohemian are all very well respected around here, so obviously this isn't the place for you and your anonymous bull shit. I'm sure you can find another more "sanitized" celtics blog on the net where all people are allowed to talk about is "Leave it to Beaver." I'm not going to play Big Brother and censor everything your tight ass doesn't like.

  12. tb727 says:

    I agree with JR 1000000%

  13. Three Toe says:

    Anonymous, you consider "rampant sideboob" to be a lewd remark? My point was that she has a right to expose it, we have a right to post and discuss it, and nobody should be calling for censorship.

    And another thing, I'm not sure what your tale of gangrape has to do with anything, but I think that it was by far the most offensive thing posted here, including the article, picture and comments. Also, the phrase, "Sports should show some respect for a woman's body," literally makes no sense. Please explain what you mean.

  14. Anonymous says:

    OMG-Its a low cut dress with a lower hanging breast (most likely due to having children). Good for her. She is a pretty woman and could care less what any of you think. Didn't we trade Williams to the Nugs and then trade back for him?

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