Vin Baker. A name I haven't thought of for quite a while. Years really. When you think back on the time Vin Baker was in Seattle, what are your memories?
I'll admit, I was hesitant to embrace Vin Baker. Simply put, he wasn't Shawn Kemp. But In Vin's defense, Shawn Kemp was barely Shawn Kemp shortly after leaving Seattle.
Slowly, but surely I grew to admire Baker's game. Sure, it continually drove me nuts that he seemed to lack some needed aggression at times, but then he would make some smooth play and I'd forget about that all for a few moments. But his story, for me at least, always seemed to be that of potential never reached.
Since the Sonics have departed from Seattle, I'll readily admit to not having followed the NBA with a whole lot of passion. I think it took me two years before I watched another playoff game. Along the way, part of the casualties of my passing interest in the NBA was that I have basically lost track of most of the former Sonics who are still in the NBA save for Ray Allen and Luke Ridnour (OKC players not counted in this). I was surprised just this past weekend to see Rashard Lewis on the floor for the Miami Heat. I had to look up Rashard's Wiki to figure out how that happened.
So it comes as no real surprise that I had lost track of Vin Baker. Then earlier today I stumbled upon a really great article in the New York Daily News telling about where Vin Baker is at these days and how he is doing. It's a long read, but one that I found very worthwhile.
I for one wish Vin Baker well. I'm glad to see he has straightened his life out and is starting to make a difference in other people's lives. He seems to be in a good place, and has started down the track of restoring his life it appears. I hope he does well. Fantastically well. I hope he finally reaches his full potential.