Scott Wedman’s game was a holistic experience, a deliciously pure effort far greater than the sum of its considerable parts, and few others have played it any better than the Kansan with the picture-perfect release and feathery touch. Resplendent at times and transcendent at others, his was a symphonic game always in tune with the greater good of helping his team win basketball’s ultimate prize – a quixotic pursuit for most NBA players, but not for Wedman; as a member of two NBA World Championship teams while with the Boston Celtics, Wedman earned a well-deserved reputation as both a deadeye marksman and quintessential teammate.
NBA championships are usually born from the stuff of dreams, and Wedman’s dream began on a farm in Harper, Kansas, where he first learned to shoot baskets by hanging a rim on the family barn. It was there that he began to lay the foundation for one of the purest shots in NBA history. With grandparents close by and plenty of room to roam, Harper was the ideal place for those formative years, and each day was a new adventure for the future NBA All-Star. He learned about livestock, played with his older brother, and took his first tentative steps toward basketball greatness. His mother made sure that he ate properly, starting him down a dietary path that would help shape his views on man’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It was clearly a journey that suited him well; a vegetarian who drank bottled water and practiced yoga regularly, Wedman was a finely-tuned athlete who always produced when his number was called…
Wedman on the hiring of head coach KC Jones:
KC was the assistant coach when I arrived from Cleveland. He was a quiet, soft-spoken man, but he was also very humorous. Very funny. As an assistant, you knew you had a friend you could trust and lean on. He could be a great buffer. In the NBA – and anything else for that matter – you have to possess a certain degree of honesty, loyalty and integrity in order to be successful. KC had those qualities. It’s so vital to have those things in professional basketball because you go through so much. If those elements aren’t present, then you discover quickly that the lines of communication break down. It just doesn’t work. That was never the case with KC. KC was the perfect person for the head coaching job – we were a veteran team, so the X’s and O’s weren’t the most important factors for us. We needed someone who was accomplished, and who would let us go out there and play. It was a great move.
Wedman on his perfect 11-for-11 shooting day in Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals:
As a professional basketball player, your performance on the court is partly a reflection of where you are emotionally and spiritually. It’s also directly impacted by your relationship with family and friends. All of those things were very positive for me when we played the Lakers that day. I was in a really good place mentally. I had good friends around me, and all of the elements were right for a strong performance. I remember that Ainge had a great game, and that I was mentally focused to come off of the bench. If I’d learned anything from the previous season, it was that I needed to be prepared to contribute when my number was called. I’d learned to cheer the team when I wasn’t playing, and to keep myself in a very positive frame of mind. And that day there were no negative thoughts at all. My first shot didn’t feel good when I released it, but it went in and I knew immediately that I was going to have a good game.