I was watching Larry Bird's top 50 moments the other night, when footage (I've never seen) was shown from the Chuck Person, Larry Bird Rivalry.
here is a paragraph from wiki about Chuck: Selected fourth in the 1986 NBA Draft out of Auburn University by the Indiana Pacers, the small forward won the Rookie of the Year award in 1987 and played six seasons with Indiana. During this time, Person established a reputation as a brash, trash talking antagonist who, for better or worse, brought a competitive spirit to a floundering Pacers franchise. This culminated during the 1991 and 1992 playoffs when Person had an ongoing rivalry with Hall of Famer and future Pacers President Larry Bird.
This brashness was referred to in the Bird documentary as well, and they even went as far to say that Person's persona is where Reggie learned his antagonistic traits from.
I then realized I began following the Pacers the year after Person was traded, and while I was always aware that he was a Pacer I never saw him play until he was just another guy on the opponents team. I especially didn't know about his fiery personality.
What I'm hoping for is for the old timers (or anyone) to share personal interactions with, or great memories of Chuck. Little things you noticed about him during games, on the bench, warm ups. From the little footage I've now seen he seems like a very interesting character, and deadly shooter.
Is it true he revived the franchise?
Did Reggie learn to be a showman from Chuck?
Was he a good teammate, being that he was so explosive?
Was he brash all the time or just on the floor?
For example, Trader Joe posted an anecdote about an interaction he had with Granger on Monday (which is great by the way):
"Yesterday Seth and I were sitting behind the P's bench and when Danny came out at half time to sit on the bench as the team was warming up, we both started yelling and I said "See you Wednesday Danny!" And he looked at us, smiled, and gave a slight nod and point."
I hoping to unearth some of these jewels that show insight into Chuck's personality, or maybe a night where you saw him completely take over a game (did he do that?)
thanks! go Pacers!