Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Seattle student sinks buzzer-beater on Cameron Dollar
By Diamond Leung
Seattle head coach Cameron Dollar is famous for filling in for an injured Tyus Edney to help UCLA win the 1995 national championship game, but he laughed as he told me tonight that it's safe to say at age 34, he's a shell of his former self on the court.
That's Dollar wearing his old No. 5 during Seattle's charity game that pitted staff members against the students. With time winding down and the staff leading by two, Dollar tries to get out on the 3-point shooting student.
Swish -- at the buzzer.
And to make things worse, as Dollar walks off the court and congratulates the kids, the public address announcer channels his inner Gus Johnson, exclaiming "Heartbreak City!"
"Fatigue will make you do nothing on defense," Dollar lamented.
The game raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and donors were allowed to "buy" points throughout the evening. That meant even though the staff was up big at times during the game, all the money pouring in for a good cause was used to set up the game-ending scenario.
"You don't have to see the video to know I'm washed up," Dollar joked. "I've been washed up."
Of course, Dollar's promising coaching career is just getting started. In his first year at Seattle, he sent Charles Garcia to the NBA draft, and the Redhawks notched a 17-14 record playing a complete Division I schedule during the program's transition period.
The team was ineligible for the NCAA tournament this year and couldn't get a bid to any of the other postseason tournaments, but the future appears bright. Today, Dollar signed a six-player recruiting class.
Just to clarify, it didn't include the kid who hit the buzzer-beater over him the previous night.