This Day In Sports History (August 27th) — Steve Francis
It was on this day in 1999 that the Vancouver Grizzlies traded Steve Francis to the Houston Rockets. In exchange for Francis, the Grizzlies received Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr, Brent Price, plus first and second round draft picks.
Prior to the draft, Francis publicly let it be known that he was not interested in playing in Vancouver for the Grizzlies. Distance from his home in Maryland, potential loss of endorsements, taxes and God’s will were all reasons given by Francis as to why he did not want to play for the Grizzlies. However, at the 1999 NBA Draft, Vancouver held the second overall pick and after the Bulls selected Elton Brand, Vancouver chose guard Steve Francis out of the University of Maryland.
After Commissioner David Stern announced the pick, in a now infamous shot, the camera panned over to Steve Francis, who was trying his best to hold back the tears. Getting drafted into the NBA is supposed to be the happiest moment for a young basketball player, but for Steve Francis it was anything but that for reasons that may seem bizarre to some people.
Here is a preview from the 1999 NBA Draft Lottery.
Jim Thome, MLB – Born August 27th 1970 (age 43) in Peoria, Illinois
Jose Vidro, MLB – Born August 27th 1974 (age 39) in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Darren McFadden, NFL – Born August 27th 1987 (age 26) in North Little Rock, Arkansas