15 years ago today on December 1, 1997, batshit crazy Golden State Warriors shooting guard Latrell Sprewell twice assaulted newly hired head coach P.J. Carlesimo during a team practice.
According to witnesses, Carlesimo screamed at the then 27-year-old Sprewell, who the Warriors took out of the University of Alabama with the 24th pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, to “put a little mustard” on his passes.
In response, the 6-foot-5, 195 pound Sprewell, who previously as a Warrior got into separate fistfights with badass colleagues Jerome Kersey and Byron Houston, warned Carlesimo to avoid him like anthrax.
Carlesimo, a two-time Big East Conference coach of the year who was named Seton Hall University’s “Coach of the Century” in 1999, refused to cower and proceeded to walk toward the pathetic bully.
Subsequently, Sprewell, a four-time All-Star and 1994 All-NBA First Team selection, threatened to give Carlesimo a dirt nap and then choked his boss for nearly 15 seconds until teammates and assistant coaches mercifully intervened.
After showering and changing, the bloodthirsty loon returned roughly 20 minutes later and struck the outmanned Carlesimo on the right cheek with a glancing blow before being again forcefully hauled away by Warrior pacifists.
Players, fans, onlookers and executives were justifiably horrified by Sprewell’s barbaric actions and the attacker had his $23.7 million contract voided and was suspended for the remainder of the 1997-1998 season.
Although arbitrators later wrongly ruled against terminating Sprewell’s deal with the Warriors, Golden State ultimately shipped the malcontent to the New York Knicks in exchange for solid men John Starks, Chris Mills and Terry Cummings.
Sprewell periodically flourished as a member of the Knicks in Gotham and helped lead the renowned franchise to the 1999 NBA Finals.
However, in due time, Sprewell destroyed his relationship with the New York Knicks hierarchy and became a Minnesota Timberwolve in 2003.
When Sprewell’s contract with the Wolves expired in 2005, the organization offered the certified clowns pocket a three-year deal worth $21 million.
Sprewell, with entire seriousness, declined the offer and claimed that such a paltry salary would have prevented him from capably nourishing his children.
Fittingly, the combustible scorer, who has had his million dollar yacht grounded and two of his homes foreclosed, was never again contacted by an NBA franchise and was essentially forced into retirement.
Latrell Sprewell is one of the most reprehensible human beings to ever perform in the NBA and that fact became public knowledge nearly two decades past this evening.by