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The Unforgotten: #499 – Robert Pack

By December 13, 2011 No Comments

Robert Pack, shockingly known as “Pac Man”, gave journeymen a good name. He was the NBA’s version of Todd Zeile except that he played for 3 fewer teams (8) and wasn’t quite as good as Zeile. We believe that the highlight of Pack’s career was when he was part of one of the biggest name dropping trades ever. In 97′ the Nets traded Pack, Shawn Bradley, Ed O’Bannon, and Khalid Reeves to the Mavericks for Sam Cassell, Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson, George McCloud, and Eric Montross. Even 14 years later it still isn’t clear what either team was looking to accomplish by this trade. Our guess is that it was “Let two college students be GM for a day” day and they decided to make a trade strictly on who they thought was awesome in college.

Pack’s best year was in 95′-96′ with the Washington Bullets. Though he was slowed by injuries and only played in 31 games, he average 18.1 ppg, 7.8 dimes, 4.3 boards, 2 steals, and 84% from the line. Not too shabby for a guy that went undrafted. Unfortunately health issues derailed him from fully realizing his potential. He never played in 82 games and only three times in thirteen seasons did he play in 72 or more.

Pack had two career triple doubles and finished second in the 94′ Slam Dunk contest being Isaiah Rider. In a game in which the Blazers were down by 38 late in the third quarter in the NBA Finals Pack showed off his leaping ability as heĀ threw down a posterizing dunk on Ho Grant and Stacey King.

It’s hard to believe but someone actually put together a Robert Pack highlight real. Amazingly it’s pretty good as he had some mad hops and could dunk with the best of them.

 

Rob Cressy

Rob Cressy

Sports loving free throw specialist and yinzer living in Chicago who is awesome most of the time, has run with the bulls in Spain, and is a graduate of Second City's Improv program.