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Essay: Chuck Hayes Is Still A Hero

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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Chuck Hayes is the same height as Michael Jordan. Yet he’s routinely matched up against centers and power forwards as he begins his eighth season in the NBA. It begs the question: how does a guy that stands only* 6’6″ hold his own with the big boys of the league? With thighs that could crush a piece of steel, that’s how; with a 250 pound torso that’s as immovable as Stonehenge; and with great defensive footwork and an ability to crowd opponents who are silly enough to pick up their dribble.

Primarily though, it’s those thighs and big butt that serve as the foundation for Hayes’ ability to defend so well on the low block.  David West found out the hard way a couple nights ago, even though his Pacers ended up winning the game in double overtime.

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