Ike Austin liked donuts
In 1999, the Wizards traded Ben Wallace, Terry Davis, Jeff McInnis and Tim Legler for Ike Austin. That didn't really work out. Check the headlines.
November: The Last Puzzle Piece? With Austin Filling Void at Center, Wizards Are Optimistic
December: Wizards Start White; Austin Benched In Team Shake-up
January: Austin, Agent Are Anticipating Trade; Wizards Center Would Like to Play Elsewhere; Bucks, Lakers Interested
February: Austin Says a Trade Would Be Best
He was dealt in August, and Ben Wallace went on to be awesome, which is what happened to every former Wizard of that era. During a recent ESPN Radio appearance, Legler looked back on that trade and identified the culprit: donuts. Figures.
"I was involved in a trade with Ben Wallace to the Orlando Magic," Legler began. "Ben Wallace was in that deal, goes to Orlando, ends up in Detroit, helps them win a championship....Myself, Ben Wallace got traded from Washington to Orlando for Isaac Austin. We had Ben Wallace the first two, three years of his career in Washington. We didn't even know what we had, exactly.
"We saw it every day in pratice, and he led the league one year in rebounding in the preseason, he averaged like 11 rebounds a game in the preseason. But he was playing behind Chris Webber, so the regular season comes, he's on the bench not playing. So after a couple of years of that, they have to make a decision. and they decide to trade him off. They wanted a center, Isaac Austin had that great year playing for the Heat when Pat Riley got him in shape. He came up to Washington, I think he stopped at every Dunkin Donuts on the way from Miami to Washington, D.C."
In the 1999 preseason, Gar Heard announced that he had given his first assignment to his assistants: "Keep the weight off of Isaac Austin." Austin told the Washington Times he had already lost 15 pounds, and "expects to play around 270 this year. He has even hired his own cook, who specializes in fat-free meals, to help him stay trim."
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