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Rodney McCraycourier-journal.com » The Courier-Journal » Louisville, KY » SportsWhat's up with Rodney McCray? Laying bricks now fine for ex-Card By C. L. Brown email@example.comThe Courier-Journal Rodney McCray Rodney McCray still knows something about strong foundations. He followed his brother, Scooter, to the University of Louisville, where he started as a freshman on its 1980 national championship basketball team.He also helped pave the way for Final Four trips in 1982 and '83. Now he is building custom homes on vacant lots in the Houston area. "The first house I purchased down here (Houston) I had it built from scratch," said McCray, who was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame last month."In the process, you observe and pick up things. "My wife thought we could do it ourselves, and that's what we did." With his wife, Judy, helping with the interior aspects, McCray started CMC Custom Homes in 1998.He specializes in houses that are 5,000 square feet or less and cost $600,000 or less. McCray moved to suburban Houston during the five seasons he played professionally for the Rockets.The third pick in the 1983 draft, he played 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association, including stops in Sacramento, Dallas and Chicago. When his career was cut short at 31 because of injuries, McCray pondered his next step. "I thought about coaching or maybe getting into radio or (television) instead of just sitting around," he said."But with the houses, I just found something I enjoyed." McCray believes he made the right decision.He said he had neither the desire to deal with the recruiting demands of a college coach nor the patience for the NBA. "The mentality of today's player is just different," he said."You can't tell me from (players) one to 12 that teams today are better. "It's just not as good as it was.These guys just don't want to get better." McCray said today's players lack consistency. "Anybody can have one good season, but can you sustain it?"he said."If I was a (general manager), I wouldn't have anybody on my team." McCray was a model of consistency at U of L. He started 132 consecutive games and is among four Cards to finish with more than 1,000 points and rebounds. He averaged 11.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game his senior season, when he was named Metro Conference Player of the Year.McCray, who ranks fifth in career rebounds at U of L with 1,029, had his Cardinals jersey retired in 1998. McCray said he still follows the Cards and expects them to reach the NCAA Tournament in their second season under coach Rick Pitino. "They've got a taste of the system now," he said."I think they're going to win 20 games.The way they play, they're never out of it." Although the 41-year-old is long removed from his NBA career, he keeps in shape by playing in a YMCA league.He plays in relative anonymity, but every once in a while an opponent learns of his basketball credentials and wants to talk trash.
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McCray led U of L to the Final Four in 1982 and 1983. But he had not completed his degree when he began a brief stint in the National Basketball Association, playing parts of three seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics and Cleveland Cavaliers. He later dabbled in real estate in the late 1980s and early 1990s along with his brother -- another U of L legend and former NBA player, Rodney McCray.He also went back to school at U of L and earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1988. McCray chose to stay in Louisville following his playing days largely because of the way the city "embraced" him and his teammates during his time here.
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McCray denied trip
Rodney McCray of the University of Louisville and Sam Bowie of the University of Kentucky were on the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team that wasn't allowed to play in Moscow because President Jimmy Carter kept all U.S. Olympians out of the Games for political reasons.