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What's up with Rodney McCray? Laying bricks now fine for ex-Card
By C. L. Brown firstname.lastname@example.orgThe 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.
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."
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.
career was cut short at 31 because of injuries, McCray
"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
made the right decision.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
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.