This week in What the Hell Happened To we have quite the interesting figure. He was a HS teammate of fellow-WTHHT alum Ron Bonham on the powerful Muncie HS basketball team in Indiana. He's the second WTHHT alum (after Zaid Abdul-Aziz) to change his name, although he did it after his playing career. If you thought it couldn't get any crazier, the most recent bit of news involves former player Bonzi Wells, who allegedly came to his ex-wife & son's house looking to kill him! This week we remember Bill Dinwiddie. Today Bill is known as Rashid K. Shabazz.
|2 WTHHT Guys As HS Teammates!|
Bill was a star player at Muncie HS where he graduated from in 1962. However with all the accolades that his teammate Bonham received (and deserved), it seems Bill might have been overlooked. He attended New Mexico Highlands University. Until researching Bill's life, I most definitely never heard of this college. It's located in Las Vegas, NM. However after playing there Bill was not selected in the NBA Draft. But he also wasn't overly-eager to return to Muncie:
I left Muncie knowing that some black folk were doing something out there and Muncie wasn't teaching it.
|Bill with Em Bryant playing for Buffalo|
Apparently this is where Bill got his break. He must have impressed the guy and wound up making the Royals, who he played for in the 1967-68 season as well as the 68-69 campaign. He'd miss the 1970 season with a knee injury. However that next season, Bob Cousy, the new Royals coach, would make his ill-fated comeback at the age of 41. Red Auerbach demanded compensation. The trade was officially Bob Cousy (who at the time had been retired for 6 seasons) for Bill Dinwiddie. Bob for one wasn't happy with having to give up Bill:
I've been out of pro ball for six years now. Red wasn't being realistic (in demanding compensation.) I couldn't justify giving up a frontline player.
Bill played one season with the Celtics, the 1971 campaign. He appeared in 61 games averaging 12
|Did Bill change his name because of this shirt?|
I've yet to figure that man out. I've watched him for a year and a half and I can't understand why he's never become a good player.
After one season in Milwaukee and 28 more games, Dinwiddie's NBA career was over.
Somewhere after leaving the pros, Dinwiddie made the decision to become a devout Muslim and legally changed his name to Rashid Shabazz. Folks who know of him speak highly and all indications are that he's very religious. Rashid is a member the Islamic Center of Muncie.
"It seems to me we should be able to pray together. There is only one God, and we share God," he said. "We're all in this together."
In 2010, Rashid was the Grand Marshall for the Muncie Homecoming Festival parade. Rashid's ex-wife is named Raushanah Shabazz, who was one of the founders of Motivate Our Minds, (MOM). Their mission statement is to provide premier individualized supplemental education programs for children. Rashid also is known to go by Rashid "Bill" Shabazz as evident of this obituary. It appears Rashid's son, Chad Spencer Phelps, sadly passed away in 2012 at the age of 44.
But that's not all the family news. Most of you probably remember Bonzi Wells, who played for the Blazers (and a few other teams) this past decade. I always thought Wells was an underrated player despite his label of being cantankerous. Well how does Bonzi tie in? First off, he's from Muncie himself and attended the same high school as Rashid. Rashid's son's name is Rasul Shabazz and an interesting thing allegedly happened at the YMCA in Muncie two years ago. The whole story is worth a read, and was made evident just two months back in May of this year:
|Rashid's Fish & Chips!|
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