1992 NBA finalist Portland Trail Blazers didn’t have much room in their respective guard rotation for a 6’2” rookie from University of South California, Robert Pack.
But things changed on October 23rd, 1992 when Pack was traded to Denver Nuggets. Pacman soon won Nuggets head coach Dan Issel’s trust and started creating instant havoc across the NBA.
In his first year with the team, he successfully backed-up 1993 NBA Most Improved Player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (then Chris Jackson), appearing in 77 games and averaging 10.5 points, 4.4 dimes and 2.1 boards.
What made Pack special in the League and across the Globe was his unique ability to instantly accelerate, drive past his opponent and then often get up for a spectacular slam dunk!
One of Pack’s most memorable career dunks came on Thanksgiving Day back in 1992 when the Nuggets visited the Clippers in the L.A. Sports Arena.
That night, playing in the arena he used to star for USC, Pack felt at home in front of 10583 fans, many of whom were his friends from the college days! He wanted to give them something special that evening.
At the beginning of one particular possession, Clippers point guard Mark Jackson met Pack close to the half court line. And then it just came – Pack made a dribble between the legs and literally exploded!
Still, Clippers didn’t expect him to take it all the way to the hoop and thus hesitated to help close down the lane. Pack, went past Jackson, continued to accelerate, and then took off from one step inside the free-throw line.
It was Clippers leading shot-blocker, 7’1” Stanley Roberts, who jumped in the lane and tried to block Pack. But flying Nugget’ just flew right past him, completing the incredible play with a powerful one-handed slam dunk!
In a game which the Nuggets won by 109-106, thanks to the miraculous Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s 50-foot three-pointer at the buzzer, Pack scored 9 points, to go along with 4 boards, 2 dimes and 2 steals.
Murray A. a.k.a. Marjan Crnogaj is a BN contributor. The 1980s and 1990s basketball specialist is also proud to be the author of the TOP 100 basketball biography ‘Drazen – The Years of the Dragon’ (‘Drazen – Godine Zmaja’) which reveals the yet untold details from the life and career of the legendary NBA shooting guard Drazen Petrovic.
He resides in Zagreb, Croatia, working on his third book which tells the untold story of the 1989 Green Card Five.