I found myself watching the 1995 Wake Forest / North Carolina ACC championship game on ESPN Classic today, and just couldn’t help but post the video of probably the nastiest cross-over ever. At least the nastiest one ex-Cavalier Jeff McInnis ever stumbled into. In a game that featured the collegiate names of Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse, and Tim Duncan, I give you the best player on the court that day…Randolph Childress:
Sheed, Stack, and Timmy obviously went on to notable NBA careers, and after getting up off the court that day in Greensboro, McInnis would go on to play 12 years in the NBA averaging over 9 points and 4 assists for his career – which included 107 games in Cleveland where he averaged 12 and 6 before clashing with Paul Silas for his lack of defensive effort (go figure) – but I always wondered what became of Mr. Childress, who went on to have 37 and 7 in that title game, including the game winner with 4 seconds left…so I googled him.
Turns out, he did go on to play two seasons in the NBA from 1995 to 1997, appearing in a total of 51 games. In those seasons he had two tours with Portland, and also played for Detroit and Toronto averaging 2.4 points and 1 assists in 7.9 minutes per game. In those two years he was involved in trades for Clyde Drexler, Aaron McKie, Theo Ratliff, Stacey Augmon, and Tracy Murray. After his NBA career ended – primarily due to an ACL injury – he went to Europe and first played in the Turkish Basketball league from 1997 to 1999 for Tofas SAS and Konya Kombassan. After that he went to play for the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball league, and then went to Italy playing for various Italian League teams from there.
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