Thursday, September 25, 2008

Raymond Lewis

So, Fly, what do you recall about your days in Los Angeles circa 1980 playing against LA street-ball legend Raymond Lewis?
"I ate him like Pac Man," Fly said Sept. 24, 2008.
Say what? Lewis, who averaged 32.9 points per game for Cal State-Los Angeles in 1972-73, became a legend on the L.A. blacktop after his college days.
How good was he? According to the web site,, he was pretty good. "He took on the 30 best street ballers in a single day, and he wiped the floor with them winning all 30 games," according to the web site. "But what made him so great was the way he could destroy NBA pros just as he destroyed every street baller on the blacktop."
Perhaps they forgot about Raymond vs. Fly, who made several trips from New York City to Los Angeles to play street ball.
"I remember playing against him," Fly said. "He was supposed to be one of the top street-ball players out there. Me myself, I was the baddest man on the planet."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Love of Fly's life

Fly will never forget Paulette Suggs, his faithful girlfriend at Austin Peay.
But Fly now has the love of his life, and he plans to be married in the next year or so.
Fly says he and Lezette Kelley, who works in Manhattan, N.Y., for the U.S. Postal Service, are the next-best-thing to being happily married. The two have been together for years.
"The love of my life," Fly says of Kelley. "Couldn't be any finer."
Nor could his memories of basketball and life at Austin Peay, where Fly met Suggs during his freshman year when he led the Govs into the NCAA Tournament.
"She was from Clarksville," Fly recalls. "I think she was homecoming queen my freshman year."
Suggs now lives near Atlanta and has been successful in the business world. Fly says he has talked to her in recent years, and he will never forget her good looks.
"She was kind of short, and her shape was outrageous," Fly says. "She was the prettiest girl on campus."

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Seven-City Classic

Fly was a 17-year-old playing for Glenn Springs Academy when he got a phone call from a representative from Coca-Cola.
“Fly, you’ve been chosen to play in the Seven-City Classic,” the voice said. “You’re our pick from New York.”
“Great, where is it? Fly said.
“Los Angeles. We’ll have someone meet you in New York City, take you to the airport, and you’ll fly out here.”
“Cool,” Fly said. “I’ll be ready.”
Fly recalls playing on a team loaded with one player chosen from seven cities on the East Coast, and his East team playing against a team of players selected from cities on the West Coast.
Also on Fly’s team were Galen Baker of Philadelphia, Adrian Dantley of Detroit, and Skip Wise of Baltimore.
“We had a monster team” Fly recalls. “We went out there and destroyed the West team.”