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Rex Chapman named one of the “Unsung Heroes in NBA Playoff History”


It’s Throwback Thursday, which makes this piece I’m about to share especially appropriate. To celebrate round one of the NBA Playoffs, Yardbarker released their list of the “25 Unsung Heroes in NBA Playoff History,” and among them is Rex Chapman. Take it away, Yardbarker!

“It still doesn’t seem real. In the Game 4 of first round of the 1997 NBA playoffs, Phoenix Suns guard Rex Chapman made an impossible-looking one-footed three-pointer against the Seattle SuperSonics that sent the game to overtime. Chapman finished the game with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.”

Don’t remember that shot? YouTube does:

This came only a few games after Rex scored 42 points off 9 threes:

See, kids, that guy who sings on the pregame show was actually a pretty good basketball player back in the day.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 responses to “Rex Chapman named one of the “Unsung Heroes in NBA Playoff History””

  1. nicky

    Good stuff TT….but somebody’s gotta calm him down at Tony’s after games

  2. runningunnin.454

    I watched him play many games in HS. He was king of Owensboro basketball…the most exciting ballplayer there in many years.

    1. Luether

      He was the King of Ky basketball…

  3. Not Dan Issel

    Rex was an incredibly talented player. Only thing that kept him from being one of the all-time greats was his susceptibility to injury. I’m not sure he ever played a full season without being injured for at least part of each season. No doubt about his talent, however.

  4. Big DAWG Loggin

    And following retirement, he set even more records for Steals.

    1. 4everblue

      Low blow….people make mistakes. It’s who you are now.

  5. UkfanMatt

    His hairline matched LeBron James old hairline. Game did too, for that day at least

  6. Sentient Third Eye

    That year when Rex played small forward for the Suns was one of the most fun NBA seasons ever. It was the original “small ball”, but having Rex guard guys who averaged fifty pounds more than him every single night probably didn’t help his lingering injuries any.

    I remember watching that game when he hit “the shot”. They went on to lose, but that play really is one of the all-time best clutch baskets ever.