Former NBA player Spud Webb recently made an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where over 100 fans assembled in Center Court to meet the star. Spud Webb is best known for being the winner of the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and being one of the best little men in a big man’s game.
Spud took the audience of through his journey that went from playing just one year on his high school’s basketball team in Texas, going unrecruited by colleges to playing with the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
Toward the end of a Q&A with fans young and old, Webb received the one question that he thought he’d been able to avoid: “How’d you get the nickname ‘Spud?'”
“The kids in the neighborhood couldn’t say Sputnik, so they said Spud. I grew up thinking my name was Spud, until the cops or mama call you by your real name. My real name is Anthony, because when you get in trouble, your mama calls you Anthony, the police call you Anthony and the government calls you Anthony.”
Watch Spud Webb Speaking to Kids at the Naismith Hall of Fame: