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Jerry Stackhouse is still playing in the NBA. Fila basketball shoes have graced an NBA court in 2012.
Two facts that might astonish you.
To be fair, it’s not too crazy that the third pick in the 1995 draft is active considering players of that vintage like Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace are still running the pro ranks. It’s simply that Jerry is one of those players we let disappear after their prime stretch is over. Sometimes we forget Jerryesque players ever played until they pop up somewhere and we go, “Hey! I remember that dude. He could ball!”
If you’ve been playing close attention to NBA rosters this year, particularly the fledgling Brooklyn Nets, you know Jerry’s got a spot on the bench. He’s taken the “Savvy vet who can steer a sometimes shaky locker room” role. But still we forget him, just as his endorsement time with Fila feels so like another universe that it’s a dusty footnote in sneaker history.
But Stack just reminded us he’s still around, that the 1995 draft did happen, that Fila made sneaker industry noise in the mid ’90s, when he hit the scorer’s table on Friday night for the first time this season. Jerry unveiled a pair of black and white Fila Stack Mids for the occasion, notching 11 points in 10 minutes.
Stack and his shoes are still around, against the odds in some sense. Let’s remember not to forget them while we can.
NBA Kicks ahead with Stack, Young Buck switching into Torch Lows, LeBron under Pressure after a night of Denim, Udonis keeping Converse in the league, Russy and GG matching in Obsidian, Lance Stephenson in cool grey AND1 Empire 2s, B-Easy alternating AJ 7s, and plenty more…