Every now and then, a sports name from the past that you hadn't heard in years pops up. I had one of the moments Monday night when I was relaxing at home watching some college basketball on ESPNU.
Lo and behold, former Bulls forward Dickey Simpkins was the color commentator for last night's telecast of the Minnesota-Siena game. Back in the day, me and my college friends referred to him as "Sickey Dimpkins," because, well, he sucked. I hadn't even thought of ol' Sickey in years, yet there he was on my television -- dressed in a suit and tie -- telling me all about Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers.
I can't recall what the play-by-play guy's name was, but at the opening of the telecast, he introduced Sickey as a "three-time NBA champion." I had a good chuckle at that.
Technically, yes, Sickey is a three-time NBA champion. He was on the Bulls' title teams from 1996-98. But he's a three-time NBA champion in the same way that Will Perdue is a four-time NBA champion. He didn't really do much. He was just fortunate enough to be a benchwarmer on some awesome teams that had great players.
Sickey played parts of six seasons with the Bulls. His best year came after the dynasty was over, in 1998-99. He appeared in all 50 games of a lockout-shortened season and averaged 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds for a team that went 13-37.
It's really a shame that Sickey never lived up to his potential during his days with the Bulls, But hey, at least he's got a gig on ESPN. I can't say he did a bad job on Monday's telecast. Unlike some of the other talking heads on the Worldwide Leader, nothing he said forced me to mute my TV.
Way to go, Sickey. You're more tolerable as a broadcaster than you were as a player.