By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, June 14th, 2007 at 7:12 pm in Uncategorized.
An old Warrior reared his head. Byron Houston, according to an Oklahoma City television station was arrested for indecent exposure. He was allegedly masturbating in his SUV. Here’s the link to the story, which includes his mug shot. And of course, like seemingly all troubled former athletes, his license was suspended.
For the new Warriors fans, Houston — a former star at OSU, who was drafted No. 27 overall by Chicago in 1992 — played for Golden State in 1992-93 and 1993-94. His best year was his rookie year, when he averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.1 minutes.
Houston was prone to choke in the clutch, but he wasn’t a chicken on the court. He was a beast. He used to literally beat up opponents. He was stocky and buff, a lot of meat on that 6-foot-5 frame.
Houston had some potential. He was a Barkley type of power forward, undersized but strong and imposing. But he only lasted four years in the league. He apparently didn’t use his NBA money (he made about $2.5 million) productively. He probably doesn’t have a dollar in his pocket, and what’s worse, he could be joining a pool of real criminals for a while. He already has three indecent exposure convictions. A fourth conviction could get him at least a score in the slammer.
It’s sad what he’s become. Don’t know if you remember his first start. It was against the San Antonio (who were good then) in 1993 (I looked it up to refresh my memory). He started in place of Tyrone Hill. He played 27 minutes and had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and helped the Warriors spank the Spurs 133-112 in Oakland. That’s back when he wasn’t monkeying around.
Hopefully, he can get the help he needs. He obviously has problems.