Saturday , Jan , 26 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Second Chance For ‘Birdman’: Why The NBA Should Reinstate Chris Andersen

he Chris Andersen story is a sad tale. His rise from obscure walk-on to NBA cult hero caught up with him. At the time of his 2006 suspension, he was enjoying ‘The Life’- groupies, nightclubs, booze, and drugs …

Second Chance For 'Birdman': Why The NBA Should Reinstate Chris Andersen

ESPN’s Chris Sheridan reports that Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen has begun the long process of applying for re-instatement to the NBA

Chris Andersen, who was "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA and the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 27, 2006, after testing positive for a prohibited substance, is eligible to apply for reinstatement beginning Sunday — exactly two years after he was thrown out of the league.

Sources have told ESPN.com that the "wheels are already in motion" for Andersen to attempt a comeback, a somewhat arduous process that will begin with him filling out a multi-page application for reinstatement and sending it, along with dozens of pages of supporting documentation, to the league office in New York via overnight mail.

Andersen must then schedule a meeting with members of both the commissioner’s office and the players’ union, and the consent of both organizations is needed for Andersen to be reinstated. Andersen has no right to appeal if his reinstatement application is rejected.

My Quick Take: The Chris Andersen story is a sad tale. His rise from obscure walk-on to NBA cult hero caught up with him. At the time of his 2006 suspension, he was enjoying ‘The Life’- groupies, nightclubs, booze, and drugs.

Others have been given and taken advantage of second chances. The eighties were littered with players coming out of rehab and off suspension, so Andersen shouldn’t be treated differently.

He’s a charming figure, whose hi-flying antics off the bench inspired fans and teammates. It speaks volumes about him as a person that the New Orleans Hornets -the team he was playing for at the time of his suspension- want him back.

Hopefully, the players’ union and commissioner’s office work out the paperwork. With the Birdman, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

3 Positives Chris Andersen’s return would bring back to the NBA:

1) Comedy …

2) Energy …

3) Fans show Lionel Richie love …


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