Benoit Benjamin, Yinka Dare, Laettner, & Jayson Williams Walk into a Bar

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it here, but it's true, according to former Nets President, Jon Spoelstra. Of course it's far less funny given the semi-recent death of Dare (Ava L'sholom), but entertaining nonetheless:

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A humorous anecdote that I couldn't figure out how to fit it in with a chapter.

When I was President of the New Jersey Nets, our General Manager drafted a player from Nigeria. His name was Yinka Dare. In his rookie year, he played only three minutes and took only one shot. It was an airball. It took him one and a half seasons to get his first assist in the NBA. Think about that for a minute. If you placed a dead man on the court during an NBA game, he would probably get an assist before Yinka got one. After all, a ball might bounce off of the body into the hands of a teammate for an easy score.

Early in Yinka's rookie season, he was warming up with the team before a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yinka asked our second string center, Jayson Williams, a question. Yinka pointed to Christian Laettner, the 6-11 forward of the Timberwolves. "What does the 'C' stand for on Christian Laettner's jersey?" Dare asked in British style English. He was referring, of course, to the letter 'C' that is stitched onto the jersey of the player who is the team Captain.

"Caucasian," Williams answered. Laettner was one of the few white players in the NBA. Yinka nodded his head; it made sense to him.

Benoit Benjamin, our big 7-foot center overheard this. After Yinka ran off to take his turn in the lay-up drill, Benoit said to Jayson, "That Dare is really stupid. He thinks Caucasian begins with a 'C' instead of a 'K'."


At 9/26/2005 2:56 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i was looking to see exactly when he had died, and i stumbles across this. the site name itself is hilarious, but peep the emotive comments on the post


At 9/26/2005 2:58 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

man i am insensitive today. blame larry david, or blame me for being unable to get through an episode of "curb your enthusiasm" without leaving the room. if i stayed, maybe i would make that all-important connection between the anxiety that show causes in me and my own capacity to do david-esque shit

At 9/27/2005 3:16 PM, Blogger Alexis Beauchamp said...

Funny story...Jayson Williams did tell it in his Loose Balls book, though.

Sad to see Yinka died at 32 while preparing breakfast (?)...

adieu cher Yinka Dare !

At 9/27/2005 3:42 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

whoa...someone has officially read "Loose Balls."

At 9/28/2005 1:41 PM, Blogger Alexis Beauchamp said...

...and Loose Balls, despite the fact that Williams is in love with himself and is constantly reminding us of that fact, is actually not that bad. There are a number of funny stories about Williams and Charles Barkley getting drunk, stories that involve Gheorghe Muresan's uncle or another about Keith Van Horn throwing down some nasty dunks (alone, in practice...) . For real though, there's also some pretty disturbing shit about William's TWO sisters dying of AIDS.

In more recent books, I think The St.Anthony miracle is a much better read all around. The latest book about MJ's years with the Wizards (upstairs and on the floor) is also very good.

At 9/29/2005 12:03 AM, Blogger glomgold said...

Wow! That is too fucking much! And I used to think Benoit Benjamin was the worst of that bunch, until Jayson Williams killed his dog and that limo driver. Why again isn't he in Rahway prison right now?

At 6/29/2006 6:52 PM, Blogger ClearedForTakeOff said...

Yinka having an assist after years in the league, is not a joke.

Still a pity someone dies so young. RIP

BJ was a character himself, once asking a teammate during a FT shoot "why didn't Brutus eat spinach so he could beat Popeye"?

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