Thursday, October 8, 2015

Rodney Carney Autograph Card

Here's a card I got in a multi-sport repack years ago:
It's card #142 from Upper Deck's 2006-07 Hardcourt set (part of the Hardcourt Futures subset) and features a blue-sharpied on-card autograph of Rodney Carney, pictured wearing a suit.

He was originally drafted 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2006 but was quickly sent to the Philadelphia 76ers for the player they'd just picked 13th overall (Thabo Sefolosha) and a second-round pick from the following season.

After a decent game in which he scored 25 points and registered 8 rebounds in his rookie season, becoming the first Sixer to accomplish the feat since Allen Iverson, the team decided to trade Iverson and replace him with Carney, which even someone who knows as little about basketball as I do will tell you was the wrong decision.

No offense, but trading a known All-Star-caliber commodity just to make room for an unproven asset rarely makes sense, regardless of the sport, unless money or attitude also factor in.

Nowadays, Carney plays in the Dominican Republic (for the La Vega Reales), after stints in Venezuela (Caracas Cocodrilos), the Philippines (Talk 'N' Text Tropang Texters - no joke), Lebanon (Beirut Sporting Al Riyadi), and Turkey (Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi). In the NBA, he has played for the Sixers twice, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Golden State Warriors, the Miami Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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