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Rex Chapman, Mike Pitino before NBA exhibition game, 1992

Posted on October 22, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Rex Chapman, Washington Bullet guard and former University of Kentucky player, talked with Mike Pitino, 14, a son of UK Coach Rick Pitino, before an NBA exhibition game on Oct. 21, 1992, at Rupp Arena. Chapman played only two years at Kentucky and is 50th on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,073 points. Washington beat short-handed Milwaukee 123-99 in the battle of rebuilding NBA teams before a crowd of 4,526. Chapman finished with 10 points and seven assists. One day earlier, at 9:25 p.m., Chapman’s first child, Zeke Everett Chapman, was born at Central Baptist Hospital. Zeke weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 1/2 inches long. “That doesn’t compare with anything,” Chapman said of his son’s birth. “It’s the best. It’s a miracle.” In 1988, he was the first player drafted by the expansion Charlotte Hornets with the eighth pick. The Hornets traded Chapman to Washington midway through the 1991 season, his fourth in the league. He finished his 12-year NBA career in 2000 with the Phoenix Suns. He is now a commentator on the UK Sports Network’s Kentucky basketball pregame show. Click here to see other images from our archives of Chapman. Photo by Janet Worne | Staff

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