These are among the things that Kings backup forward- center Scot Pollard loves:
?His white 1969 Cadillac convertible, which has 140,000 miles on it. "When I bought it," Pollard says, "the color scheme was black, green and rust."
?Any Christmas song crooned by Bing Crosby. "But only Christmas songs," Pollard stresses. "Other than that, he sucked."
?The beds at the Westin in Indianapolis. "Three words: like a womb."
These are among the things that he hates:
?The East Coast. "Ugly, short, fat, rude people," he says. "My agent [Jeff Austin] lives there. He's not fat, but you could describe him with the other three."
?People who are shocked by the fact that he has worn nail polish on occasion. "I played horrible in red," Pollard says, "but I was pretty good in silver."
?Anyone who's humorless enough to take him seriously.
You may have gathered by now that Pollard views the world from an odd angle. As a senior at Kansas he wore a dress in a team skit at Allen Fieldhouse but changed before grabbing a microphone and proposing to his future wife, Mindy, in front of the crowd attending the opening practice. "I'm one of those guys who used to be crazy until I made a little money," Pollard says. "Now I'm eccentric."
He shares some of his eccentricities with anyone who visits his link at www.nba.com/kings, where every few weeks he riffs on topics from Sacramento forward Peja Stojakovic's looks ("A cross between Chachi and Potsie") to the coolest thing his one-year-old daughter, Lolli, has done ("Learn to say poo-poo. I'm proud to say I taught her that one"). Pollard's game is more traditional: It's based on throwing his 6'11", 265-pound body around. As a member of the Bench Mob, the Kings' valued set of reserves, he has contributed in ways that aren't fully reflected by his averages of 5.3 points and 5.3 rebounds through Sunday. "You never know what new hair color or one-liner he's going to come up with," says guard Jon Barry. "The only thing you know is that he's going to get serious at game time."