Throwback Thursday - Mookie Blaylock

Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock born March 20, 1967 in Garland, Texas. A 6 ft 0 in (1.85 m) push-and-pass point guard, he was rated among the better defensive stoppers in the game. The former Garland High School, Midland College (where he earned NJCAA All American honors in 1987), and University of Oklahoma star is most highly regarded for his quick hands and a ball hawking defensive style that produced more than 200 steals in a season five times and two NBA All-Defensive first-team selections. He was also a capable outside shooter, a fine passer who generally ranked among the league's assist leaders, and a durable instigator of the fast break. In 1988, he (along with Stacey King) led the Sooners to the NCAA title game.

Blaylock was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 12th overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft and settled quickly into Nets' rotation. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1992–93 season, where he flourished under newly signed coach Lenny Wilkens. He spent seven years with the Hawks, leading them in career three point field goals (made and attempted), and career steals. He was also selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a trade that brought the 1999 10th overall draft pick Jason Terry to Atlanta, and finished off his career playing as a reserve for the Warriors.

NBA achievements

  • Led the NBA in steals two years in a row (1996–97 and 1997–98), joining Alvin Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul as the only players to pull off that feat.
  • Led the NBA in three-point attempts and finished second in three-pointers made in the 1996–97 season.
  • Is the Atlanta Hawks' all-time franchise leader in three-point field goals made (1,050), three-point field goal attempts (3,023) and steals (1,321).
  • Set the Atlanta Hawks' single-season franchise records for three-pointers made (231) and attempted (623) in 1995–96.

Pop Culture
Fans of the basketball player, the band members of Pearl Jam originally named their group "Mookie Blaylock", but they were forced to change the name. They settled on naming their debut album Ten after Blaylock's jersey number. In addition, Blaylock himself is a fan of Pearl Jam.

In Tom Robbins' 1994 novel Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, character Larry Diamond uses the name "Mookie Blaylock" as a pseudonym for hotel stays.

In the Homestar Runner cartoon "Kick-A-Ball", the Umpire tells the Announcer that Mookie Blaylock gave him the ball featured in the cartoon, a reference to a similar scene in an earlier cartoon about Mookie Wilson.


Reference - Wikipedia

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