Ex-Kings’ center Olden Polynice reflects on Rucker Park and growing in Bronx

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Former Sacramento Kings member Olden Polynice was a physical presence in the paint for almost 5 seasons (1994-1998) in Sacramento.

He was averaging 10.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over 345 appearances with the “Purple and Black”.

The Haitian center came in the US when he was eight years old and grew up near the legendary ‘Rucker Park’ in Bronx.

“I actually grew up across the street from Rucker Park,” Polynice said to “The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie” via KHTK.com. I could see the games; one of my closest friends at the time, his window pointed right into the park, so I would go into his house to watch the games.

“And this was before I knew how to play basketball, when I started to learn I was out there on the court playing. That’s when I really learned how to start playing.”

The former Sacramento Kings started to play basketball at the age of 16, saying his first ever trophy was in chess.

Polynice was selected 8th by the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA draft, but was immediately traded to the Seattle Supersonics for Scottie Pippen.