Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Life and Times of Tyus Edney

Tyus Edney will forever be fondly remembered in UCLA history for his 4.8 second coast to coast dash to beat Missouri in the 1995 NCAA tournament. Below is an article link, orginally posted in Bruin Hoop Scoop, on Tyus' pro career and life's adjustments since that memorable time in 1995.

A great read. Has it really been 10 years?

Ten years have passed since Edney helped guide his UCLA Bruins to an NCAA title, and the cheerful point guard has only a gray hair or two to show for it. This season, after a successful year in Rome, he’ll play in Athens, his third city in three years. But the switch is unlikely to change the way he is, or what he represents.

Watching him playing host in Rome — pouring wine for guests, manning the grill, effortlessly switching from English to Italian as he greets his friends — it’s easy to call Edney a renaissance man, a man for all cities, a stylish wanderer. It doesn’t hurt that he’s decked out in a designer polo shirt and jeans — a nice blend of la dolce vita and Dolce & Gabbana.

In a country — a continent even — in which soccer is king, Edney walks the bustling streets of Rome in anonymity. Meanwhile, foreign players like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, both of the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs are becoming household names in America. And here’s Edney, giving directions to the Lottomatica stadium to his landlord. “That’s OK,” says Edney. “If I was a soccer player, everybody would recognize me.”

In 1995, everybody did recognize Edney. Every March, the memory is refreshed, thanks mostly to those annual greatest-moments-of-the-NCAA-Tournament highlight shows. There, usually wedged somewhere between greatest-moment No. 4 and greatest-moment No. 8, Edney is a legend. The American Online


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