Hooptube's Player's Spotlight: Rafer Alston
Rafer Alston is a guard currently playing for Houston Rockets. He is better known as "Skip to my Lou" due to his tendency to skip while dribbling the ball upcourt. Of course all these were things of the past when he was still in the And1 Mixtape tour. As much as a legend he was on the playground court, he wasn't as prolific as a professional basketballer. Hence, there was little report or story about his life and upbringing.
However there was this article that was in New York Times in 1994!!
The article tells the tale of a tough home situation:
[His mother] was studying day and night to be a nurse and was not always a fixture in the household. As for his father, he was dabbling again in the streets and needed money to support his addiction. He stole Rafer's Michael Jordan rookie card, among other belongings, and sold them. "Some of what you heard is true, mostly the substance abuse," Richard Alston said. "I had a falling out with Rafer."
According to Rafer's confidants, the boy's complaint was that his mother did not kick his father out, and Rafer's revenge turned out to be self-destructive. Rather than reading and writing, he rolled dice...... Read More
Credit to NYtimes