The House That Brick Built
Let's take a stroll down memory lane.
During the 1989 NBA draft, Nick Anderson patiently waited alongside dozens of other NBA hopefuls for Commissioner David Stern to say those magical words, "With the 11th pick, the Orlando Magic select Nick Anderson from the University of Illinois."
It was a memorable moment for Anderson and to this day, he still has the photo with himself on the podium shaking the little guy's hand.
The moment not only marked the realization of a childhood dream but it also assured that he'd be able to keep a promise and buy his mother that "big house."
The Orlando Magic was a brand new franchise and they made Nick Anderson their first ever pick.
He played hard and it didn't take fans long to appreciate the lunch pale effort he brought on a nightly basis.
After a couple of fortuitous drafts that landed Shaq in 1992 and Penny Hardaway in '93, the Magic represented the Eastern conference in the '94 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets.
In the closing moments of game one, Nick Anderson went to the free throw line to ice the game and give the youngest team to make the Finals a win in front of hometown fans.
They were called, "the biggest free throws of Nick Anderson's life" and he missed them, four to be exact.
This opened the door for Kenny Smith to hit a game tying 3-pointer and the Rockets eventually won the game in OT.
The Magic were subsequently swept and fans quickly laid blame on the feet of Anderson.
Nicknames like, "Nick the Brick" and "Brick Anderson" soon followed.
Anderson joins The NBA Breakdown crew on Sunday, March 8 at 9 p.m. (EST) to discuss this difficult period of his career, his general thoughts on life and the NBA.
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