One-on-One with Rodney McCray

Monday October 10, 2011 9:07 AM

One-on-One With Rodney McCray

Former Rocket reflects upon the highs and lows of a basketball career

Jason Friedman

HOUSTON - Rodney McCray does not seem the type to take over a room with flash or off-the-wall antics. It’s hard to envision him having any desire to be the life of the party.

But who knows? With his laid-back attitude and relaxed demeanor, he can probably thrive in any setting which seems fitting since that sort of wide-ranging versatility was the trademark of McCray's 10-year NBA career that saw him become the quintessential glue guy; someone who could contribute in any number of ways at either end of the court.

This much, however, seems clear: regardless of the environment, Rodney McCray is someone to whom you will want to speak because within his economical speech and low, lilting voice lie lessons to be learned and stories to be shared.

McCray has seen it all – both on and off the basketball court. He took part in one of the great games in college basketball history when his Louisville Cardinals took flight against Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and the rest of the Phi Slama Jama University of Houston Cougars. He witnessed firsthand the rise of the Houston Rockets’ Twin Towers and played an oft-forgotten but pivotal role in the play that would forever stand as a reminder of that club’s immense potential. And then he watched as injuries and off-court issues proceeded to wreck it all.

Yes, Rodney McCray has much to say and share and that's precisely what he does during this wide-ranging interview with that touched on each of the aforementioned topics – and much, much more.

We hope you enjoy.

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