Burger King managers in Bedford can rest easier tonight
The Rainmen had a press conference called today for 1pm to announce the signing of Sam Mack, but it was canceled when Mack never bothered getting on the plane:
Halifax Rainmen management have cancelled the scheduled press conference today (1:00 p.m., Sports Hall of Fame, Halifax). The team’s owner was set to announce the signing of former NBA player Sam Mack.
Mack was signed to a team contract and booked on a flight direct to Halifax yesterday afternoon. An incentive package had been accepted, and team management acted on good faith with Mack and his agent as is normal practice.
Rainmen staff arrived at the airport to collect Mack yesterday afternoon but learned he never got on the flight.
Despite this setback, team owner Andre Levingston remains extremely positive and excited about this year’s roster.
You might remember Mack as the one time NBA role player who has bounced around the minors. You might also remember that after Rick Lewis came on as coach in 2007 the Rainmen announced that Mack would be joining the team and then there was silence and he never showed up. One of the things I’ve learned over the last 12 month is that in the minor leagues you really don’t know who is on the team until they show up, so here’s hoping that most of the other players announced so far got on their flights.
I have to say, I am happy he’s not coming. He last played in the NBA in 2001. He is also another jump shooting scorer who would be a defensive liability. Oh yeah – and he’s 38 years old. I think that this is nothing but good news. Now let’s take that money, and the money that will be saved when Val gets cut, and go get Tommy Mitchell.
The most only disappointing thing about Halifax not signing him is that they miss out on the opportunity to sign one of the all time great sketchbags in the history of basketball. Like some other Rainmen Mack signed with a number of different college teams, unlike JB et al, he was a legitimate straight up criminal nutjob:
Despite repeated criminal offenses, Sam Mack was recruited to play basketball for four different schools in 5 years in the early 1990s. “Like a hotel guest, he checked in, played ball, and checked out when trouble arose.” During those five years Mack was investigated for felony sexual assault, was charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors, shot by police officers during an armed robbery of a Burger King (he was acquitted, largely due to the influence of Iowa State basketball coach Johnny Orr, who testified on his behalf), and convicted of theft and forgery.
More links on his criminal pass are here and here.
Imagine him and Sir Val as the older, veteran presence on the team. Rooming together in Bedford, trying to buy handguns, holding up the Chicken Burger. We are all losing out on a huge opportunity here.