Those of you who’ve been participating in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Readers Forum know about the alleged Scott Hastings Shoe Cam. Those of you who haven’t, allow us to enlighten you:
Scott Hastings played in the NBA for eleven years and won an NBA championship with the 1990 Detroit Pistons. He also played for the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and — just to dip his toe in the Western Conference — Denver Nuggets. He holds the NBA record for the most consecutive games without a steal (65 games), a stretch that spanned a three year period (89-92).
Hastings currently hosts a radio show on 104.3 The Fan in Denver and does color commentary for the Nuggets. I know this because Tad Smith e-mailed him yesterday. This is what Tad wrote:
Scott, I grew up cheering for the Pistons and later the Nuggets when you played with them in the 80’s & 90’s. I always appreciated your sense of humor and, as a fellow player who didn’t exactly see the floor a heck of a lot, loved how you approached the game. I might be crazy, but I remember a episode of NBA Inside Stuff where you had a “shoe cam” which was essentially a giant camcorder strapped to your shoes. I also vaguely remember you taking some all-stars on a cruise and skeet shooting off the side of the ship (or did I dream this?). Anywho, I have a friend who does not believe that said shoe-cam ever existed. Can you confirm or deny the existence of the invention that was well ahead of its time? You can read his disbelief for yourself in the comments section of his blog. Thanks for the time Scott, and go Nuggets! Tad Smith
Twenty minutes later, Tad got this response from firstname.lastname@example.org:
That was me, inside nba actually ran the shoe cam episode! We did a new bit weekly! Had some silly funny stuff! Good times! Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Our in-house IT staff is feverishly working to determine the authenticity of this e-mail. (Translation: Scooter Thomas is passed out belly up in the hallway.)
What have we learned from all this?
- Scott Hastings apparently has some free time on his hands these days. He also has a Verizon Wireless Blackberry.
- Tad Smith apparently has some free time on his hands these days.
- Since we’re writing about this, we apparently have some free time on our hands these days.
- There is still no third party confirmation of the existence of said shoe cam, nor has anyone turned up any actual video footage of it on the Internet. And believe me, there’s not much you can hide on the Internet.
- Without Andrei Kirilenko or Mehmet Okur, the Utah Jazz stand a 2% chance of beating Denver in their first round match-up.
Anyone with information either confirming or denying the existence of the shoe cam is encouraged to come forward. And if you have footage of NBA All-Stars skeet-shooting off the side of a ship (which, notably, Hastings did not confirm ever happened), well, that’d be fun to watch too.
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