Friday Frivolity: Kurt Rambis, the First NBA Hipster

Before the NBA’s current stars began fashioning nifty glasses and sweater vests in the post-game press conferences and on the sidelines, there was Darrell Kurt Rambis, the man with the horn-rimmed glasses.

I’m sure Kurt is upset he didn’t get a single vote from players interviewed in the video above from The Basketball Jones. Maybe if he had played for the Blazers or Sonics he would have received a mention.


Friday Frivolity: 1990-91 Skybox Bill Laimbeer #90

Laimbeer likes to color coordinate while fishing… he’s also much friendlier, and wears longer shorts.  Have to avoid the sunburn.


Friday Frivolity: 1991-92 Upper Deck Sam Perkins #144

Sam Perkins is one of my all-time favorite players, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a humorous card featuring the ‘Big Smooth’.

Nothing exceptional about the front of the card.  On the card back, though, Smooth and James Worthy show off shorts they probably wore in their childhood.

For a second I thought James Worthy was standing next to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


I tell you, 1991-92 Upper Deck has some real gems.


Friday Frivolity: 1991-92 Upper Deck Eric Leckner #204

This card doesn’t need too much explanation, the visual is enough.  Based on the 1990-91 Supersonics roster, the player on the left is none other than Olden Polynice, aka Officer Polynice.  I wonder if these two are on speaking terms these days.

It’s worth noting that Leckner’s season averages in points and rebounds were never as high as they were after his mid-season trade to Charlotte in the 1990-91 season, which would have been when this game photo was taken.


Friday Frivolity: 1991-92 Hoops Tom Tolbert #74

Oh Tom Tolbert- so many captions that could go along with this 1991-92 Hoops card:

“Layup! Sweeeet!!”
“This will up my .423 field goal percentage!”
“Look at the wind rushing through my new ‘do!”
“Too excited, went too far past the basket!”
..and many others that an overly eager five year old might say.

Well done, Tom.  I guess we’ll never know what the result of this play was, but we can be sure he was stoked about it.


Friday Frivolity: Karl Malone, Truckin’

1993-94 Ultra features an insert set devoted to Karl Malone’s career highlights.  Card #10 displays Karl’s true love, being on the open road, ‘hauling a load down the endless blacktop’.  Notice the one-of-a-kind mountainous backdrop on his 18-wheeler, as well as his proper pose.  An old New York Times article recounts Karl’s offering his buddy Charles Barkley the chance to observe truck operation from the passenger side.  His response was, “I can’t fit my big butt in there.”  Trying to cram his ginormous posterior into Karl’s cab would be, as Charles would say, ‘uncivilized’.   Malone got out of the trucking business in 1994, but not before this humorous card was printed.


Friday Frivolity: Anything Less Would Be Uncivilized

Last week I was going through some cards in my collection and came across this Charles Barkley from 1996-97 Skybox.  His pose on the front of the card reminded me of his Right Guard commercial days.  If you haven’t seen these, or if it’s been awhile, I’ve included it below:

This card is certainly lacking flakey white stuff!

Even funnier is the back of the card, which mentions Charles plays on the Celebrity Golf Association Tour during the offseason.  This of course begs for the following video:

Thank you, Charles!