"I contacted the Clippers about medical coverage and they said [prostate cancer] surgery wouldn't be covered. [T]hey said if they did it for one person, they'd have to do for everybody else." - Kim Hughes
As was widely reported, Kevin Pittsnogle quit basketball after the 2007/08 season, and began working in a school. As was less widely reported, Pittsnogle returned this year to give it one more try, rejoining the D-League and playing in 27 games with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. As didn't need to be reported, Pittsnogle averaged 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his comeback. And as was not reported much at all, Pittsnogle asked to be released by the Thunderbirds in February for "personal reasons."
Kevin Pittsnogle - Pittsnogle has retired for the second time. He retired the first time in late 2008, after a thyroid problem caused his weight to balloon, and became a middle school teacher, also volunteering as an assistant on the school's basketball team. When the thyroid problem was cured, and his weight gain curtailed, Pittsnogle made a comeback in the D-League for the 2009-10 season with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. However, Pittsnogle made it only as far as February before being released for personal reasons. At least, that was the team's version of events - Pittsnogle's family's opinion is somewhat different.
Pittsnogle's sister, Erika Blaylock, complained to the NBA Development League about an incident that allegedly took place during a game on Feb. 6 at Tingley Coliseum.
Blaylock claimed in an e-mail dated Feb. 9 and addressed to Chris Alpert, the D-League's vice president of basketball operations and player personnel, that T-Birds co-owner Jackie Bregman said "the West Virginia trailer parks are empty," a notso-subtle jab at Kevin's family seated in the stands.
Pittsnogle's mother, wife and two kids were seated in the first row behind the Albuquerque bench.
Blaylock informed Alpert that the players and several people sitting near the T-Birds bench heard Bregman's comments. So did Pittsnogle's family.
Sam Bregman, Jackie's wife and team co-owner, vehemently denied the claims.
"That's absolutely not true," he said. "All I'll say is I wish Kevin Pittsnogle the best of luck in the future."
Whatever happened, Pittsnogle is once again out of basketball. It is not known whether he returned to teaching.
Kevin Pittsnogle - In 2010 and 2011, Pittsnogle was a player/coach for a semi-pro team, the Winchester Storm, though it's hard to tell who they play against. (It seems they used to be a member of the Eastern Basketball Alliance, but not sure about now.) Pittsnogle only played home games; here's a clip of him doing so. He's the overweight and extremely slow #50 in black.
Not afraid to shoot, not capable of anything else. Still, basketball isn't Pittsnogle's life any more. He continues to work as a substitute teacher in West Virginia, and is a youth case manager for the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
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