Haywoode Workman isn't the first name to come up when discussing the 1990s Pacers, but unlike prominent pieces like Reggie Miller or Rik Smits, Workman was one of the many invaluable pieces helped make the "Boom Baby!" era possible.
The longtime point guard joined us on today's show for our latest edition of Catching Up With. Workman discussed his winding road to the Pacers - cut multiple times by the NBA teams before stints in the CBA, WBL, and Italy - his sometimes rocky relationship with Larry Brown, and his hoops involvement since as an NBA referee (and possible coaching future?).
Take a listen:
Here's a rundown of our conversation...
2:45 Going from point guard to referee and how he got started as a ref
5:11 Long road to the Pacers
7:10 Difficulty playing for Larry Brown
9:35 Demotion for Mark Jackson
11:08 The 1994 East Finals vs. the Knicks
15:13 Playing for beloved “Boom Baby!” era
17:14 WBL contract dispute
21:05 Difference in NBA eras as a player to now as a ref
22:20 What players complain the most
24:13 His top five NBA players of all-time
25:23 Reggie’s legendary trash talk
29:48 Possibly getting into coaching