Halifax Dodge Bullet: Sam Mack is No-Show for Second Consecutive Year

Burger King managers in Bedford can rest easier tonight

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.

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15 thoughts on “Halifax Dodge Bullet: Sam Mack is No-Show for Second Consecutive Year

  1. Guys like these should be on Law & Order shows, not potentially ruining the reputation of a fledgling sports team like the Rainmen. That is all we need: one of the Rainmen being charged with a crime, especially a violent one.

    There are plenty of talented ball players out there; we don’t need to recruit the cast of characters from The Wire (which was a great show, BTW).

    What impressed me the most about last year’s team was the number of players who were friendly and cordial to the fans, guys like KD, Eric and Brian Silverhorn. Being able to actually talk with the players is a big deal for a lot of fans. Having conversations with down-to-earth people who just happened to be professional basketball players greatly increased my respect and admiration for the team and those individuals.

    Are there morality clauses in the Rainmen contracts? Just wondering.

    Also, are the players living in one house again this season?

  2. A Brown/Mack starting backcourt would be just terrible. Both these signings feel like they are PR stunts. ‘Dodged a bullet’ is 110% right.

    Is Mitchell playing in Europe or something?

  3. I also had no idea that Sam Mack had such a spotted history. Where do you find these things? And why did Halifax sign a guy who screwed them last year?

  4. You guys are obsessed with Tommy Mitchell. He’s good but move on.

    Why would Rainmen want a 38 year old burnout on the team? I do not think there is a risk of people committing crimes but if you are a problem off the court you probably are 1 on the court.

  5. It’s not that Mitchell is the best minor league guy it’s that he is a good fit for the team. A two guard who can get to the hoop and the free throw line and can play good one on one defense against other guards. Val Brown does not fill a need for Halifax which is why it’s so puzzling that he was signed,

  6. Huskies,

    They do seem like PR stunts, neither fills any need for the team. But I will admit, it would have looked great in the paper to top off all the team’s signings by putting an ex NBA guy in a Rainmen jersey on the front page of the sports section.

  7. I am happy for Halifax that Mack is not showing up. His record proceeds him. If he did join, Halifax would have to change their name from the Rainmen to the Halifax House Arrestors!!! With Mack, Brown and Sanders!!

  8. I wouldn’t be surprized if they try to sign Dennis Rodman to replace him. After all, he is coming to Halifax for a dinner. He would get along great with Val.

  9. anon2, Rob Sanders has no history of criminal behavior at all. He is aggressive and too emotional on court and gets his fair share of technical and was involved in the the Brawl in Burlington (which Vermont players were also involved in), but the only thing that verged on a crime in that game was Anosike’s sucker punch on Eric Nelson.

    It has never been suggested by anyone that Sanders has off court behavior problems. When I briefly talked to him after a game last year he seemed like a perfectly nice guy.

  10. HEY HEY HEY…IT SEEMS LIKE ALL THE PEOPLE ON HERE ARE GETTING PAID TO BAD MOUTH MACK…NO ONE IS ALL GOOD AND IN THE SAME INSTANCE, NO ONE IS ALL BAD. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT GOES THRU A KID’S MIND WHEN THEY MAKE DUMB DECISIONS…AND THATS WHAT HE WAS WHEN HE DID THE HOLD UP..I FOLLOWED THE WHOLE SAM MACK THING WHEN HE WAS WITH THE ROCKETS..NOT BAD..WHATS THE BIG DEAL..SO HE DIDN’T SHOW UP, DO YOU KNOW WHY? DIDN’T THINK SO…LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN, WELL YOU KNOW THE REST. RAINMEN SUCK ANYWAY,HA!

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