Hair Metal and the Fab Five: Fantasy NBA Basketball Pick Ups

December 28th, 2009 by Grant McElroy Leave a reply »
In the late 1980's Hair Metal ruled the radio.  Aquanet coiffed and spandex clad groups looking for nothing but a good time paraded up and down the Sunset Strip. 

However, unbeknownst to the glamorous guitar shredders, a stripped down, angry man's version of rock (later termed "grunge") would usurp their throne.  Faded flannel became the emperor's new garb and the music scene would be forever changed.

Along the same lines, basketball at this time was undergoing its own revolution.  The actions of five young men commingling in Ann Arbor still have ramifications today.

Dubbed the "Fab Five" by the media, an all freshmen starting lineup from the University of Michigan popularized star power over the previous traditional notion of basketball being a team effort.  Gone were the striped kneesocks and skin tight short shorts.  Black socks, trash talk, and baggy shorts became the norm.

Four of the Fab Five went on to the next level, yet nearly two decades later only one member remains in the NBA.  That man, Juwan Howard , to date has 15 years of professional experience under his belt.  But during the past five seasons the former Wol ...

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