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Just read a very eloquent quote by Melsahn Basabe, regarding Chris Street. Mel stated that he is not from
Iowa, so he didn't know much about Chris Street, until he came to Iowa. At end of the interview, Mel said,
'I think his spirit still lives on'. Agree with Mel on this, more everyday.
One thing that is still amazing and tragic is the fact that Chris Street still holds the consecutive Free Throws made,
by an Iowa Hawkeye. I remember watching the Duke game, where he was perfect at the free throw line and where his
consecutive Free throw streak stopped at 34.
You wonder how many more he would have made in a row?
And like many, long-time Hawkeye BB fans, I certainly remember exactly where I was on the night
that the accident happened and the news broke on WMT/KGAN that Chris was in a car accident and his
injuries were fatal. Even though I was a grown man at the time, I wept at about 10:30 pm, that nite.
Chris was the quint-essential Iowa Hawkeye. A blue collar, smart, tough Iowa kid who worked his tail off
in every game he played. He was 'that player' from the era, that all Iowa fans admired and loved to watch play.
God Bless Mike Street & wife, Patty as they remember Chris, this weekend at CHA.
This post was edited by Skyhawk52 18 months ago
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
I've never seen another player at Iowa that worked harder or had more passion and love for the game than Chris.
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Being the same age as Chris was, I got the privilege of watching how the game is supposed to be played. Fundamentally sound, high basketball IQ, selfless, hard working and very competitive. Could shoot, dunk, post up, defend, rebound, dribble the ball and did it all so effortlessly. Now a days, if you can do any three of those things, you're considered a "stud". A word that he would never use on himself. Just pure class.
I first became aware of Chris from the 1990-91 edition of Street & Smiths College Prep Basketball magazine. Towards the back of the edition, they would list the top high school players and where they would be going to college. Besides Chris' name was "Iowa". So later in the year, when Iowa would be playing on CBS, which wasn't like today, you focused more on the players. Acie Earl was the big guy, and the one I typically watched. But Chris would have his moments and you could see the potential.
When he died, I didn't hear about till the following night on NBC's Nightly News. (Cable TV had not made it out to rural Ohio as of yet, so it literally took 24 hours for me to hear.) My first thought was that it couldn't be the same Chris Street. I was utterly in shock. I was still living with my folk's and was working 3rds at a factory and went to college during the day. I had been woken up early to go out and shovel snow...long driveway and such. I spent 2 hours shoveling, crying and blowing snot out of my nose. Wasn't cold per se, but I needed to be alone. Somewhere in that time, in that gentle snowfall, I very much came to a certain peace with the whole situation. I had watched the Duke game, and the subsequent MSU and UM games and I don't think I was more proud to be a HAWKEYE fan up to then or since.
I loved the guy. He was the Iowa kid who made it. When he died I was in stunned. So tragic.
One of the things I remember was the Indiana game at Indiana the year before he died. One of the Indiana punks bounced the ball off of Hortons face on an out of bounds play. No call from the lame ref crew. Horton was going to kick some ass. Everybody stepped in. Tom Davis and all.
Chris was the peacemaker. Her shook hands with some of the Indiana players and the game went on. I know Bobby Knight respected him after that.
He was such a good guy.
I think that wasn't Ed Horton, but instead Kent Hill.
Kent Hill was sort of built like the incredible hulk. I remember wishing that Kent HIll would get 'turned loose' against the
wimpy Indiana player that tried that little stunt.
But, you are right. Chris was the guy who kept his cool, when every Iowa fan wanted to **** Bob Knight and his cast of clowns.
Ed Horton and Kent Hill were long gone from Iowa when Chris Street joined the Hawkeyes.
Shortly after Chris's death I had to go to Nashville for work. That night we were in a pub and they had a guy singing. I asked if he would sing a song as a tribute to Chris ( he had no idea who he was!) but after learning the details of his death he sang "I've got friends in low places". Now every time I hear that song I think about that young man and the joy he brought to so many around the country! Here's to you Chris.
Helluva a piece that KCCI did. Probably should have some tissues close by, especially the older posters.
This quote kind encapsulates my memories of Street.
That game was a flat-out war,” Close said. “Chris was the best player on the floor that day, bar none. Late in the game, Hurley took the ball out-of-bounds against our pressure, and he’s whining to the officials about how physical it was, how (Street) was standing too close, and this and that. And Chris said, ‘Why don’t you just shut up and play?’”
Mentally sharp and tough.He embraced the privilege he had to play the game and did his speaking in the arena with game play and with his personality and charisma in daily life.
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The only things I know about Chris are from the stories I read and hear. Posters talking about him really helps me gauge who he was. I wasn't born until a few months after he passed, so I have never seen him play.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Bobby Hurley really was a whiner, wasn't he?
Trying to think of a player, today, who is similar to Chris Street.
It's tough to do. Perhaps, if you saw Ryan Bowen play and imagined a
more rugged guy, with more offense and better rebounder.
I was in grad school at IA, and had a graduate assistanship thru UI's Academic Advising Center. I met Chris face-to-face for about 5 minutes at the freshmen Orientation in the year he came to IA. I had no idea who he was until I said to him: "you're very tall," and he looked at me and said in a humble polite voice, "I play basketball." I asked his name while looking down on the form in front of us on the desk, and he said: "Chris Street". And then of course I knew right away who he was.
I met many basketball and football players throughout out my years at Iowa, but no one ever stood as tall as Chris. He left that kind of an impression on me.
This post was edited by Hawklove 18 months ago
The player for the Hawks that I always felt was quite similar was Jess Settles, though he wasn't quite as large or physical.
As for the ball in the face, I don't recall that happening when Street played, but I definitely recall the incident with Kent Hill. I believe it may have happened to Lohaus once as well. Word got out that Knight, during practice, encouraged his out-of-bounds guys to use that tactic against us if the clock was running down.
I'm sure he would never admit that, but it doesn't exactly require a mental leap to envision a frustrated, fired up Knight, encouraging the idea.
I had the day off 20 years ago when the tragic news was announced early the next day re Chris Street. I was in the other room and CNN was blaring in the living and heard, "Tragedy strikes the University of Iowa." Couldn't imagine what, and ran in front of the TV. What a shocker that was.
Below is a link with Dr. Tom on Chris Street.
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Rhetorical? I though that quote said more about Chris than it did Hurley...
Chris was mentally tough and was ready to play from day 1; he wasn't an immediate starter, but that wasn't his fault, the coaches held him back. He could of started as a freshmen and would of played with the same intensity and effectiveness. He was tenacious at the point of the press, I am sure he frustrated many a player tasked with inbounding the ball.
Jess Settles always reminded me of Street to some extent - tough-nose - hardworking kid. Another guy, without anywhere close to the talent, but with all of the hustle, effort and guts that Street would bring on every play was Jarryd Cole, IMO. That kid was another that always gave his best - while everyone else was literally giving up/quitting, around him.
Ironic that Hurley's career was ended in a tragic wreck, as well.
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