Plenty To Like About Ike

Feb. 3, 2003

By Curry Kirkpatrick
ESPN The Magazine

Since your full name is Ikechukwa Somotochukwa Diogu, we'll start out referring to you by your shortest name. Or, if you prefer, by your shortened first name, 'Ike.' You have mentioned that those barely pronounceable other monikers mean, in your family's native Nigerian language, Igbo, 'God's Son' and 'God's Strength,' so we'll go with -- for now -- Ike.

At any rate, in this hoops age of Ugly Un-civility, Hotdog Hype and LeBronian Enablement, you should know that your friendly manners -- those 'Yessirs,' 'Nosirs' and 'Thank You's' after interviews have us shocked media checking our normally punked-out pride -- not to mention your fundamentals-friendly game has gone a long way toward reaffirming one's belief in basketball as we once knew it.

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