"Usually at this time we are just looking for a combination to start next season," says Tomjanovich, who is now in his fifth year, carries a 20-point-plus average and All-Star status for the second season in a row. Rudy T. has to be one of the least known authentic stars in sports.
Tomjanovich long ago learned about fame. He was a high school star in Hamtramck, Mich., and one night his team played a Catholic high school just two blocks away. His future wife, Sophie, was a cheerleader for the opponents. That night Tomjanovich, then 6'7", skinny and the only white starter on his team, scored 51 points. A year later he met Sophie when both were freshmen at the University of Michigan and reminded her of the game. She said she didn't remember him.
A guy who can handle his ego in that situation can handle anything. Even being taken for a 6'8" hockey player.