Streetball Legends: Richard “Pee Wee” Kirkland
The lifestyle soon caught up to him, however, sending him to the big house for a total of over ten years. Kirkland was a gifted scorer who could put up points in a hurry no matter where he played, scoring 100 points in one prison game and 135 in another. Over the course of one eight-game stretch in a La Luna, Texas correctional facility he poured in 465 points for a 58 ppg average. Kirkland was one of the first players to use the crossover and spin dribble to deadly effect in organized basketball and is seen as as a pioneer of the slashing guard mold.
Pee Wee redeemed himself on becoming a free man, turning his back on the street life that derailed his basketball career. He recently earned a master’s degree from Lincoln University and now teaches the Philosophy of Basketball at Long Island University in addition to touring the country to speak to children about avoiding the pitfalls of the criminal life.