Today we go back to a year before the Evil Emperor's Regime commenced, right when the Celtics under ML Carr were in full-blown tank-mode, trying to win the Tim Duncan draft. Just a decade after winning the East and having Robert Parish man the center spot, the 1997 Celtics trotted out this week's What the Hell Happened To featured player, 7'0 center Steve Hamer.
We'll be teammates in the pros 'Toine!
Like most things involving the Evil Emperor, things didn't end well for Steve in Boston. He expounds:
"It's kind of a weird story how my NBA career ended after just one season in Boston," said Hamer. "I was back in Knoxville reading the transactions section in the Sentinel. I saw where the Boston Celtics had declined to pick up the option on Steve Hamer. To this day, 10 years later I have never heard from anyone in the organization and have not talked to Pitino.
"You would think that they would have had the courtesy to call me and tell me that they appreciated the year I spent with them but that they were moving in a different direction, or at least something like that. But, no I got nothing from them."
"I used to be a Louisville fan, but now that Rick Pitino is there, I root against them every game," said Hamer.