Tony Kornheiser will turn 61 on July 13th. Fully entrenched into his sixth decade, we can only hope that Tony has been given a shingles vaccine, the CDC recommends it.
Kornheiser shares a birthday with Spud Webb, boxer Michael Spinks, Harrison Ford (who is six years older, but about 6o years better looking than Tony — self deprecating joke that TK would make alert), was born on the exact same day as Aunt Viv from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air (the second one, after the first one left due to difficulties with Will Smith), and fittingly, shares a b-day with some fella from Queens named Dick Bunt, who played for both Kornheiser’s Knicks and Baltimore’s Bullets.
Life expectancy has increased in recent years. If it were 1935, Tony would be reaching the age where he would be expected to pass. Not so these days. That’s why some are proclaiming that 60 is the new 40.
So hey Tony, turning 61 is not all that bad, just as long as you’re following MSN’s 12 steps you must take at age 60. Although, according to Kornheiser’s On The DL Podcast with Dan Levy, he’s not closing in on a retirement date, he’s looking for another job.
But if Gilbert wants to give ‘Mr. Tony’ some birthday swag (you know, perhaps to entice TK not to make any more ‘worst person in the world/coach-team killer’ comments), the possibilities are endless, omitting obvious trinkets, like a Colostomy bag.
First up, a ‘Dick Bunt Hearts Me’ t-shirt:
Not sure who made this, not sure who would want this, and the shirt seems to be no longer available. But Gil has enough money to get one custom made … perhaps with enough change leftover to make himself a ‘Tony Kornheiser Hearts Me’ shirt.
The second gift option, oozing with the yuks of a classic ‘you are old’ joke, is a Washington Wizards rocking chair, to be had for only around $100 bucks.
So big ups to Satchmo, may he gloriously fade into the sunset.
Good Tony of the past?
In June of 1991, the Bullets desperately seeking a point guard, traded the 8th pick to Denver for Michael Adams and the 19th pick. Tony wrote a very well-reasoned column in the WaPost, “A Familiar Player To Solve Old Problems,” lauding the move made by GM John Nash.
Adams’ DC numbers dropped off significantly from his last year in Denver (26.5 ppg, 10.5 apg, 2.2 spg), but those were mostly due to Denver’s high octane offense led by Paul Westhead — the Nuggets led the league in pace at 113.7, scoring 119.9 points per game while giving up 130.8. I mean damn, Adams attempted 8.5 threes per game, making 2.5, in the Mile High City.
In hindsight, it wasn’t a bad trade … or at least not the worst one in the world. Adams made his first and only All-Star team that first season in Washington.
Sure Adams only lasted three years in DC, and sure the Bullets still sucked during that time, racking up a cumulative record of 71-175, a .298 winning percentage. But what did you expect from a Wes Unseld coached team?
And who else were the Bullets going to pick up in the ’91 draft? In his article, Kornheiser suggested UNLV’s Greg Anthony as an option. Oregon’s Terrell Brandon would have been available also. But with point guard always being an issue with the Bullets, you can’t blame Nash too much for going after an established veteran over rookie uncertainty.
Denver selected Temple’s Mark Macon with the 8th, he didn’t do too much in the league. And the Bullets were afforded the opportunity to select Louisville’s LaBradford Smith at 19 … and if that never happened, we would have never been able to resurrect the Ghost of LaBradford in 2009.
Drobnjak never played for the Wiz and was traded to the Seattle Sonics for the draft rights to Bobby Simmons, who was involved in the Richard Hamilton and Hubert Davis to Detroit for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal and Ratko Varda move.
And that’s how it happened.