Forgotten Legends

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Alcorn State's Larry Smith

September 15th, 2011
Larry Smith was a two-time SWAC POY

In the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Alcorn State great Larry Smith, who remains one of the greatest players in the history of the SWAC. Smith, who was the head coach at Alcorn since 2008, is now the Director of Athletic Development at the school. 

Jon Teitel: Your nickname was "Mr. Mean". Who gave it to you, and how did you like it? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Ole Miss' John Stroud

September 6th, 2011
John Stroud is Ole Miss' all-time leading scorerIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Ole Miss great John Stroud to discuss his career in Oxford. Stroud was a two-time All American and remains the school's all-time leading scorer. He's now the head basketball coach of the girls' team at New Albany High School while also running his own insurance agency.

Jon Teitel: Both your parents and your sister were all-state high school selections and your daughter Caroline recently finished her high school career playing for you.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Jacksonville's Artis Gilmore

August 20th, 2011
Artis Gilmore is the greatest player in JU historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Jacksonville great and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Artis Gilmore. In two seasons at Jacksonville Gilmore led the Dolphins to heights they haven't reached since, getting all the way to the 1970 NCAA title game where they fell to UCLA. Gilmore went on to have a great pro career in both the ABA and NBA, finally receiving his call to Springfield on Final Four weekend.

Jon Teitel: You were nicknamed "The A-Train".

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Idaho's Orlando Lightfoot

August 11th, 2011
Orlando Lightfoot is Idaho's all-time leading scorerIn the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Idaho great Orlando Lightfoot, who in three years at the school posted some numbers that may never be reached. Lightfoot is still the school's all-time leading scorer, having scored 2,102 points in three seasons before playing 13 years in Europe. Lightfoot is now an account manager for a trucking company in Chattanooga.

Jon Teitel: Why did you choose to go to Idaho? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Saint Mary's Tom Meschery

July 31st, 2011
Tom Meschery remains one of SMC's greatest playersIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Saint Mary's great Tom Meschery. In addition to his career at the California school Meschery went on to have an outstanding career in the NBA. Despite the Gaels' recent string of success Meschery is still considered by many to be the school's greatest player.

Jon Teitel: Some of your nicknames were the "Mad Russian" and the "Renaissance Man". How did you get those nicknames, and which one did you like the most? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: North Texas' Kenneth Lyons

July 20th, 2011
Kenneth Lyons remains UNT's greatest playerIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Kenneth Lyons, who to this day remains the greatest player in the history of North Texas basketball. Lyons remains the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and he was a two-time All American in college.

Jon Teitel: Why did you decide to go to North Texas? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Alabama State's Kevin Loder

July 8th, 2011
Kevin Loder helped lead Alabama State to the 1980 NAIA title gameIn the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Alabama State great Kevin Loder. Loder, who began his collegiate career at Kentucky State, averaged 24.6 points per game in the Hornets' run to the 1980 NAIA title game. Loder now runs his own consulting firm.

Jon Teitel: At Ross Beatty (MI) HS you were a third team all-state split end, a standout baseball player, and a top-seeded tennis player. Which sport were you best at, and which 1 did you enjoy the most? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Charleston's Thaddeous Delaney

June 27th, 2011
Thaddeous Delaney (holding trophy) is one of Charleston's greatest players

In the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with College of Charleston great Thaddeous Delaney. In four years at the school Delaney blocked 203 shots (still the best in school history) while putting up scoring and rebounding numbers that still rank in the top five all-time. As a senior Delaney was one of the leaders on a team that went undefeated in the TAAC and won an NCAA Tournament game. 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Alabama's Leon Douglas

June 19th, 2011
Leon Douglas is one of the greatest players in Alabama historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer spent some time with Alabama great Leon Douglas. After a storied career in Tuscaloosa (Douglas still ranks in the Top 5 all-time in points, rebounds and blocked shots) Douglas played in both the NBA and Europe. Douglas is currently the head basketball coach at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Jon Teitel: In 1971 you scored a career-high 57 points for Colbert County (AL) HS in a game against Muscle Shoals.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: American's Kermit Washington

June 13th, 2011
Kermit Washington is one of the greatest players in AU historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Kermit Washington, the greatest player in the history of American University. While many may remember Washington for a punch, he was a tremendously skilled player who is one of just a handful of players to average at least 20 points and 20 rebounds per game in his collegiate career.

Jon Teitel: In 1971 at American you set school records with 34 rebounds and 13 blocks vs. Georgetown. What is your secret for rebounding, and what is your secret for blocking shots?