I am a huge Kevin McHale fan. Back when I was writing for my old site Charles Barkley inspired me with the following statement, "Kevin McHale is the best player I ever played against." At the time I rushed to YouTube and was devastated to find a 10 second clip, a certain hook shot from 1987 that I refuse to link to and "New School Meets Ol' Skool", which I have posted below. Sadly "New School Meets Ol' Skool" never achieved the cult status that it deserves. Yet watching it for the first time in months I was immediately taken back to my original observations:
- As I said at the time, we need this to spread like herpes (yes I'm still tired of the wildfire analogy) so that we get a new catch phrase, "I gotta go party and stuff."
- The kid who utters the party line looks at his wrist to check the time. The video quality is such that it's hard to tell, but I do not believe that he is wearing a watch.
- Robert Bickerstaff (McHale) wears a shirt with #55 on the back and #15 on the front. As we all know, McHale wore #32.
- Every time Bickerstaff shoots they cut to a ball going in the basket without showing how it got there. That's understandable. But I'm not sure how I feel about a few of the shots where the ball entered the basket from an angle that was drastically different from where he shot it. Oh wait I love it.
- I enjoyed the fake dunk.
- The trash talking is so bad it's good. "Did I break your ankle G?" Yes you did.