Wednesday, August 26, 2009

DGUtube: Remember Steve Franchise

It wasn't Steve Francis's fault that his career somehow led him to be one of the final pieces in Isiah Thomas's reign of tyranny with the Knicks, but that's the way it played out.  It's sad to think of the days when Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobely were on the verge of making the playoffs all by themselves when one considers just how suddenly and unfortunately the careers of each man ended.  (Cuttino had to retire last year when he discovered he had a congenital heart problem and Francis's career ended in the wake of severe tendinitis and migraine problems.)

Few remember that it was Francis who took the Rockets to a 45 win season in just his second year (starting lineup:  Francis, Mobely, Shandon Anderson, Maurice Taylor, Hakeem at age 39 when he averaged 10 points per game) and that when he succumbed to the rare, migraine-inducing Meniere's diseease, the Rockets took such a tumble that they were able to get the first pick in the draft that eventually became Yo Yao Ming.  

Today let's celebrate the man who was frankly the most exciting point guard of his time, bar none.  If you don't agree, you probably don't remember, so please, cue the video.

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