Friday, January 16, 2015


For a brief period in the mid-'90s, Terrell Brandon was perhaps the most underrated player in the NBA.  During his early days with the Cavs, he even made the cover of Sports Illustrated with the headline "The Best Point Guard In The NBA."

Fast forward to 1999, with Brandon in his second slightly disappointing season with the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Timberwolves' vision of a Stockton-Malone dynasty were thwarted when young star point guard Stephon Marbury forced his way out of town.  Kevin McHale made the best of the situation by acquiring Brandon in the three-team deal.  While he was no longer an All-Star, Brandon was a consistent and dependable point guard, who had a couple of very solid seasons in Minnesota.  Chronic injuries limited him to just 32 games in the 2001-02 season.  Following that year, his contract was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a salary cap deal.  However, he never suited up for the Hawks (or any other NBA team).

While I was very excited to get this card back from Mr. Brandon, I was disappointed in his pen choice.  It appears the silver paint pen he used was either running dry already, or was not allowed to dry before stuffing back into my envelope, resulting in a smudged and hardly-noticeable signature.  Oh well... it's the thought that counts.

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