You'd think it would be hard to miss someone who is seven feet tall, weights 245 lbs., and played with Michigan's Fab Five. But the name of the next guy on our list of Wolves did not ring any bells for me. He played 25 games at center - starting in 10 - for Minnesota in the 1995-96 season. It was the third stop in a five-year NBA career:
'93 - Houston (picked 33rd by Dallas and traded to the Rockets on Draft Day for Popeye Jones). He has a ring!!!
'94 - Clippers
'95 - Land of 10,000 Lakes
('96 - Greece)
'97 - Dallas
'98 - Boston
PS - He signed twice with the Wolves during the first week of 2000, but never saw the floor.
His career WS/48 is .066, so he wasn't horrible as a backup big, but he never played more than 544 minutes in a season. Injuries? Didn't pass the eye test? Dunno. But after the Celtics he played in Indiana (ABA), Venezuela, Italy, China and Cypress. Height is a great passport, eh?
In 2009 he started the High Rise Foundation to mentor young people, but its website is defunct and I can't find any evidence it still exists.
I made my usual half-assed attempt to get an interview. This player is on Facebook but since we aren't friends my message went to his"other" inbox, where it will lie unopened for eternity.
By now, I assume you either know that I'm talking about Eric Riley or, no matter how much information I share, you will never recall his name. I would have fallen in the latter category.
Let me leave you with three pictures from his Facebook page.