Ed O'Bannon Taught Us The Fans Aren't Always Right

basketballI just read an article about Ed O'Bannon who's suing the NCAA over its use of former student athletes' images in DVDs, video games, photographs, apparel and other material. Every time I hear the name Ed O'Bannon, I remember the lesson he taught us Raptor fans in the mid-90s.

The Toronto Raptors were an expansion team back in 1995 and we had the seventh pick in the NBA Draft Lottery that summer. The draft was held at SkyDome, so plenty of Raptor fans were in attendance. The Vancouver Grizzlies picked Bryant "Big Country" Reeves at #6 and there was no doubt who the fans wanted us to draft at #7.

Ed O'Bannon had a monster 1995 in the NCAA for UCLA. He was the key to UCLA's 1995 NCAA Basketball Championship, winning the John R. Wooden Award as well as the Oscar Robertson Trophy that year. We knew Ed O'Bannon, he was a household name, and we wanted him to be our first ever draft pick.

Isiah Thomas selected Damon Stoudamire, a point guard out of the University of Arizona, and the fans at SkyDome booed. I watched it live and I remember the boos. O'Bannon went to the Nets at #9.

Stoudamire went on to win the 1995-96 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and became our beloved Mighty Mouse. O'Bannon played a couple of mediocre seasons and is now regarded as a NBA Draft Bust.

Who knew?


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I was at skydome that night. They trotted out Monika Deol of Electric Circus fame to pump up the crowd. She was heartily booed. The fans were right on the money with that one. 1 for 2 aint so bad...

July 22, 2009 @ 1:03 AM


I just went through SI's busts list. How is Bryant Reeves not listed??

July 22, 2009 @ 8:41 AM

Mike from Lowville

MJ, no on both accounts, the fans didn't know shit. Monika was/is hot!

July 22, 2009 @ 8:51 AM


Whatever happened to Monika Deol, anyhow?

July 22, 2009 @ 8:56 AM

Toronto Mike

I remember in the late 90s Monika Deol going to Vancouver.

I even remember seeing her on Vancouver billboards in '98.

She's subsequently disappeared, it seems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monika_Deol

July 22, 2009 @ 8:57 AM

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