Picture Michael Jordan riding pine in some superleague. That's the plight of Andrew Gaze. A hero in his native Australia, where he has led the National Basketball League in scoring II times and been MVP seven times since '91, Gaze is best known in the U.S. as the gunner who carried Seton Hall to the 1989 NCAA finals. Now he sits on the Spurs' bench.
Gaze was cut by the SuperSonics before the '89 season, and he played seven games with the Washington Bullets in '94. So why leave glory Down Under for another chance to play a few minutes a week in the NBA? "I'd have wondered forever about my ability to mix it with the world's best if I'd said no," he says. "Even so, I'm nervous."
As of Monday the 6'6" guard was averaging 3.5 minutes and 1.3 points. "There are times when I feel grossly inadequate," says Gaze, 33. At other times he feels pampered: "I was most amazed to realize that nobody tapes his own ankles here."