Dan Trant: All-American Money
Michael Jordan was third -- that is how good the N.B.A. draft was that year. Dan Trant was 228th.
Last pick, last round. Last laugh, too, sometimes. When Mr. Trant, a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, and his best friend, Lance Faniel, joined the bruising pickup games down on West Fourth Street years later, players chose Mr. Faniel first. "They'd look at Danny and they'd look at me," Mr. Faniel said, noting that he is black and had a few inches and pounds on the white friend he called Money. Then Money got his turn, and players saw what the Celtics had seen in the All- American guard they had picked but could not place, maybe because of those inches he did not have.
"We'd walk away laughing," Mr. Faniel said.
"He was able to exceed his All-American status as a father," said Mr. Faniel, who spent Mr. Trant's last night with him and the Trant boys -- Daniel, 12, and Alex, 10 -- waiting for the rain to stop at Yankee Stadium. Mr. Trant, 40, and his wife, Kathy, also had a daughter, Jessica, 19, whom he coached in soccer. He loved sports, but "he loved me more," Mrs. Trant said. He quit professional basketball in Ireland to marry her, and turned down seats to a Knicks game offered by a job interviewer. Can't, gotta baby-sit, he had said, Kathy is going to the Grammys. He was hired.