The week between games three and four used to be the Top 16′s halftime. Teams would count their wins and their wounded and move on to the second legs of home-and-away round robins. You had seen everyone once, and everyone had seen what you were capable of as well.
In March of 2002, a 16-year-old Maciej Lampe played his first ever Euroleague Top 16 game for Real Madrid. The Polish prodigy scored seven points in 14 minutes and a little over a year later, the Knicks made him LeBron James’ opposing bookend as the 30th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft.
New York whipped around and dealt him to the Suns in the Stephon Marbury trade, and three years and 64 games later, Lampe was out of the league at the age of 20.
The only difference is that Kapono won his pair of trophies in different uniforms: with the Miami Heat in 2007 and the Toronto Raptors in 2008. Nearly four years after tying Hodges’ single-round record of 25, Kapono looks stunning in Panathinaikos Green.