AzB Silver Member
How was/is he entertaining? All I see are the strange stroke, stance and mannerisms.
I cant find any videos of Keith playing 10 ball or straight pool, just 9 ball and of the matches out there on youtube, none of them have any excellence in play. That might be because he is past his prime in those videos, but I think most pro`s today would run right through him.
I`m not trying to put the guy down, I just don`t see what the fuzz is about, apart from McCready having a role in The colour of money.
I dont know how old McCready is in the videos of him playing that`s on youtube and if that is way past his prime, did something change drastically? Many of the big names in the 80`s and 90`s still play pretty sporty today, look at Earl, Bustamante or Efren.
Some people PEAK EARLY. And that's even true in boxing or some other sport.
Some of them have a small "window".
Some great boxers were great before they hit 25. Washed up after that .
Keith probably had a short 5-yr window.
Let's cut to the chase, he wasn't living healthy.
I only started seeing him play around '95 at Hard Times.
He was past his prime then. Efren was giving him 9-7 and the breaks in one-pocket. They went back and forth . I saw Keith lose to One-Pocket Richard playing even after getting ahead early and he missed his out ball.
Those losses get to you. He admitted it in an interview, those are battle wounds.
I don't think he was the best of his generation b/c Sigel, Strickland, Parica, Hall and Roberts were already around then.
But, the story goes he offered anyone the 8-ball ( in Sacramento iirc ) to anyone and Wade Crane took him and got busted by Keith. This was in the 80's.
Different time , different game. He played during the days of slow cloth and generous pockets. Big cue ball on bar boxes was his specialty afaik.
He was entertaining for sure b/c he talked to the audience and he pulled shots like you wouldn't believe. I saw him shoot a combo in the middle of the table like it was nothing. Saw draw the cue ball table length and back to get in shape.
He might have gambled away a million dollars.