Hey! Whatever Happened To Kenny Anderson?

By Brian Taylor

One thing I love about sports is when a team goes from annual loser to contender. It’s even cooler to see it happen seemingly overnight, as opposed to years. I can remember when the Pacers couldn’t sniff the playoffs, when the Mavericks were an 11-71 embarrassment and when the Magic and Timberwolves went from NBA infants to postseason teams. Heck, I remember when the Clippers made that magical run with Danny Manning and Ron Harper, but the one team that really sucked (besides my Bullets) was “L.A. Clippers-East” also known as the New Jersey Nets.

One thing I love about sports is when a team goes from annual loser to contender. It’s even cooler to see it happen seemingly overnight, as opposed to years. I can remember when the Pacers couldn’t sniff the playoffs, when the Mavericks were an 11-71 embarrassment and when the Magic and Timberwolves went from NBA infants to postseason teams. Heck, I remember when the Clippers made that magical run with Danny Manning and Ron Harper, but the one team that really sucked (besides my Bullets) was “L.A. Clippers-East” also known as the New Jersey Nets.They made bad ownership decisions, like sending All-Star forward Buck Williams to the Blazers for breakdown-artist Sam Bowie. They played in a glorified parking garage (Brendan Byrne Arena also known as “the Meadowlands”), and don’t get me started on those sky-blue, tie-dye jerseys. In 1991, they got smart, picked up Euro pioneer Drazen Petrovic (Hey Nugg Doctor, can I get a Historical Glimpse?) and selected one Kenny Anderson second overall in the 1991 Draft.

Coming out of Georgia Tech as a sophomore, Anderson showed that typical NY point guard flare. He was Allen Ivey with the same attitude, but without the killer crossover, and continued the point guard legacy started by Yellow Jacket alum Mark Price. In his first season, he played a small role, while Derrick Coleman and Petrovic lead the way, and it wasn’t until his second season (under new coach Chuck Daly) that Kenny really broke out.

Finally a team to be reckoned with, and with playoff experience under their belts, Kenny was named to the All-Star team, which would be his first and only appearance. The thing is, Nets management panicked when they couldn’t get past the 1st round (maybe it was the jerseys), and they ended up shipping Kenny off to Charlotte for Kendall Gill. With the Hornets, Kenny was still effective, but he started the “downward spiral” of going from team-to-team. First Portland, then thankfully Boston, where he underwent revitalization, providing the Celtics with the best point guard play since D.J.

He ended his career after stints with Atlanta, New Orleans, the Sonics and Clippers, but what most people may (or may not) remember about him is not really his on court prowess, but more his um……”home issues”.

If you were born before 1980, chances are you remember when MTV started with “The Real World”. While season one in N.Y. was cool, season two in L.A. was absolutely bonkers, and set the tone for every freakin’ reality show since. One of the inhabitants, “Tammy” was in fact dating and later married to Kenny Anderson, and in one of the most embarrassing cases of alimony ever in the history of man, Kenny’s ex flossed a new ride with custom “victory” license plates that read “HISCASH”.

But court issues aside, Kenny was really a key component to turning around a sorry franchise; so if you want to see him in action, hit the link!

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5 thoughts on “Hey! Whatever Happened To Kenny Anderson?

  1. Another great pick of someone to write about! Growing up Kenny was one of the reasons why I started following hoops and as a “short” point god he was a player I tried to model my game after.

    How did you hear about the MTV “Real World” match gone wrong… that’s a funny story!

    Brian, when are you going to write up something on my all-time favourite point god Ed Cota?

  2. Brian, only you could write about Kenny Anderson with such Access Hollywood Flare. Yes, I remember him well as a Net, and I certainly remember him marrying that hoochie from the Real World L.A. wondering if he was the only person in the world who didn’t know what she was all about. Well he soon found out, I can’t believe she rode around with those plates, that is just plain trifling. You should contine this…writing about players who have off the court issues as well as on the court. Hey maybe next time, Isaiah Rider? Now that’s enough issues for the rest of this year. Oh, and I have to give you points for finally picking a player who didn’t play for Washington at some point in their career. Kudos Brian!

  3. Kenny was the best point god to come through NYC He hade great court savy, excellent playground flare,could see the floor from all aingles, Kenny could get to any spot on the floor that he wanted to get to and He could run a time exceptionally well….. If yaw dont remember when he was in Portland Kenny put up great numbers leading portland to the playoffs avg 18 points a night had Sheed devoloped a little earlier they may have made some noise…As a matter of fact he was snub of the All Star team that you for Detlef Shrumpf and that had Barkley furious….. Barkley gave up his spot not to play that year thinking they was gonna give to Kenny but they rub him……. Kenny was very explosive,cat quick with a mean behind the back handle that would shake ya draws off you…… I think Brandon Jennings is the sec coming of Kenny he has all the goods to PEACE OUT K A u was one of the great point god,s

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