A Bitter Courtship

Jumpin' Joe Caldwell's love affair with basketball ended long ago in pain. And he's still not over it.

"It was 1984," he says, "and they brought the Olympic basketball team to Phoenix for an exhibition against the pros. They had these big festivities, and I'm the only guy from here to ever make the team. But they never called me. I had to pay to get in. I saw an old committee guy--`Joe, I didn't know you were around'--I saw [former NBA star] Bob Lanier. Same thing. I had great pride in being a gold-medal winner. It really hurt. It's like they just forgot who I was."

Caldwell strokes his bad knee and says, "No one remembers me? They have amnesia? I was just a hell of a basketball player who used to play with Jerry and Wilt and Oscar and all them? No one remembers me, huh?

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