Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac: Cedric Ceballos

Cedric Ceballos Throwing It Down

Cedric Ceballos is one of the most fascinating athletes profiled on “Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac” thus far. I take that back, every athlete profiled here is incredibly fascinating. Ceballos might be the most unconventional of them all though.

You probably remember Cedric Ceballos as that sweet small forward on the Lakers who could dunk like none other. Ceballos consistently averaged around 17 points per game while grabbing around 7 rebounds each contest. Very respectable numbers that made Ceballos a great supplement to any team. From a team standpoint, Ceballos’ greatest achievement came in the 1992-1993 season when he led the league in field goal percentage completing 57.6% of his shots. However, Ceballos might best be remembered for his 1992 victory in the Slam Dunk Contest over the NBA All-Star Weekend. Ceballos sealed the deal with a remarkable blindfolded slam dunk (watch the clip of it here).

Much like Kerry Kittles, Ceballos’ legacy will be of a solid role player who was able to rise to the occasion when called upon.

What makes Ceballos such an interesting figure though is his post NBA career. Between 2002-2004 Ceballos played with professional teams in Israel, Russia, and the Phillipines. Upon the conclusion of his adventures around the world, Ceballos became employed by his former team, the Phoenix Suns, as the in-arena emcee and host of a weekly webcast entitled “Nothin’ But Net.” Ceballos’ enthusiasm for public address continued as he hosted a morning music program at a Phoenix R&B radio station.

The fun doesn’t stop there though. Ceballos teamed up with hip hop star Warren G in 1994 on a track entitled “Flow On” and in perhaps an even sicker collaboration teamed up with hip hop stars Grand Puba, Sadat X, AG, Diamond D, and fellow NBA player Dana Barros on a track called “Ya Don’t Stop.” Check out Ceballos’ music debut on the track “Flow On” below.

As you can see for yourself, Ceballos might rival the Dos Equis guy as the most interesting man in the world. Ceballos is currently a part owner and player of the Arizona Scorpions ABA franchise. Ceballos has been listed as inactive though because of a recent heart attack. Mr. Ceballos, we here at “Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac” wish you a speedy recovery and hope you continue to shine as our most interesting man in the world.

Make sure to visit again tomorrow as we highlight former Chicago Bears wide receiver David Terrell.


Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac: Kerry Kittles

Remember the scene in Back to the Future II where Marty McFly purchases a sports almanac detailing the results of every single professional and collegiate game up until the year 2000? In case you haven’t seen it, watch this clip and you should be caught up to speed.

The goal of this segment is somewhat the opposite of that. Instead of using a sports almanac from the future for my own financial gain (shame on you Biff!), instead consider this a blast from the past revisiting some of the more forgotten athletes that didn’t exactly have their names up in lights or their faces on the covers of faux sports almanac’s in Hollywood feature films.

Today we will start off with former NBA shooting guard Kerry Kittles. Drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, Kittles had high expectations after an outstanding collegiate career with Villanova.

Kerry Kittles Amped Up

For his first two professiona seasons Kittles provided solid offensive play by averaging 16.4 and 17.2 points per game while playing around 36 minutes per game. Kittles saw his numbers decline during the following years, however after the turn of the millennium the Nets became a force to reckon with. Kittles along with Jason Kidd formed a deadly back court for the Nets who reached the NBA finals in both the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.

Although the Nets lost both series, it marked the first time the team had ever reached the finals as a member of the NBA. Kittles played a key supporting role on these Nets teams and after his retirement in 2005 left his mark as a solid role player who did not disappoint despite his high draft status.


What does a life after basketball contain for a player like Kerry Kittles? Glad you asked. During his time at Villanova he obtained a degree in Business Management and earned his MBA from Villanova’s School of Business as well. Kittles has made great use of his degree and is currently an associate at Ledgemont Capital Group.
Kerry Kittles, we salute you on being the first athlete dusted off in the old sports almanac. Make sure to check back here tomorrow as we profile former Chicago Cubs third baseman Kevin Orie.