CLEVELAND -- It says a lot about Earl Boykins that in the moments before a Thursday night ceremony to retire his jersey at his high school alma mater, Cleveland Central Catholic High School, officials were trying to find Earl Boykins.
Boykins was sitting in the bleachers of the St. Stanislaus Social Center with his family and friends. As usual, The Man of the Hour was flying very much under the radar.
Bad pun. Remarkable story, his is.
Before the dimunitive Boykins played 13 NBA seasons, before he helped beat Duke in one of two Eastern Michigan NCAA tournament appearances, he helped drive and before most gave him a second thought -- much less thought he'd eventually have his jersey retired twice -- he was just a "basketball junkie," a kid who first played in St. Stan's bingo hall/gym adjacent to Central Catholic at age 10 and felt a tingle coming back Thursday night, even as he just caught up with folks before the ceremony.
"Great memories here," Boykins said. "The smell of the buil...