Which Ex-Kamiakin Basketball Standout Is Part of Latest Cast of “Survivor”?
Those in the Tri-Cities remember Scott Pollard as one of, if not the best, player they saw play at Kamiakin. Now, he's a major force as part of the cast of the latest installment of CBS's Survivor reality show.
Pollard, who spend one eventful season as part of the Braves 1992-93 basketball team and later starred at Kansas and in the NBA, is now part of the cast of CBS's Survivor Kaoh Rong.
Pollard, originally from California, ended up in the Tri-Cities following the death of his father. Pollard's brother was playing with the Tri-City Chinook, who were part of the now defunct CBA (Continental Basketball Association), the minor league feeder league to the NBA. It has since been replaced by the D-League, or Developmental League.
Pollard, a 6'11" post player, spent one year with the Braves, helping to bring home a 4th place finish in the state tournament. The team was considered an odds-on favorite to win the state championship, but suffered a stunning upset that relegated them to the loser-out bracket.
He then attended Kansas University, and spent 11 years in the NBA, the bulk of them with the Sacramento Kings. He retired in 2008 after playing with the Boston Celtics, and was on the team with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen when they won the NBA title that year. He was also known for having a wide variety of wild and different hair styles, some say inspiring today's players who often sport 'interesting' hairdos-including Chris Anderson, who's known as "Birdman."
Now, he's described as a strong, level-headed, leading force on the Survivor cast, and somebody who brings a fair sensible approach to what is often a cut-throat political atmosphere. The show airs Wednesdays at 8pm on CBS.