What the Hell Happened To, is usually all about perseverance. Unheralded guys going the extra mile to make the mighty Boston Celtics. This week's player, Eric Fernsten, epitomized that. His entire career, he never quite felt safe enough about his job but it was always like that for him. It was that way since he began
playing basketball seriously the summer before his sophomore year at
Oakland's Skyline High School (same high school Gary Payton would later attend). He worked very hard while at the University of San Francisco, hard enough to be drafted in the 4th round by the Cavs in the 1975 draft.
But his sense of belonging was always in question. As a rookie with the Cavs on Thanksgiving Day of 1975, after appearing in 4 games, his belongings had just arrived from the
"I had just finished unpacking my stereo and other things
and I went to practice," Eric recalls. "That's when I learned I had been
traded to Chicago."
Just one year later...
"It was Nov. 17,...