^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Former Rocket Dirk Minniefield Finds A New Way To Get In Trouble

Dirk Minniefield, the former Houston Rocket whose drug-addled life was turned around with the help of John Lucas, is in trouble again.

The Associated Press reports that he's been arrested for a mortgage-fraud scheme centered in the Houston area:

The indictment alleges Minniefield was a real estate agent in fraudulent home loans designed to secure payments for expensive upgrades that were never performed. The indictment claims he represented buyers even though he never met them and they never visited the properties they were supposedly buying.

Minniefield was a star at the University of Kentucky, but his pro career was hampered by his love of weed.

His UK career might be most famous for a 1983 game against arch-rival Louisville. Minniefield, an artictic dunker, been smoking a lot of dope the night before; in crunch time he had a chance for a game-winning dunk but instead tried a feeble lay-up that got blocked. He blamed marijuana, kids.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

He played a year with the Rockets in 1986-87, a year after they were beaten by Larry Bird's Celtics in the NBA Finals.

He later got a job as a drug counselor with the NBA. And, apparently, as a crooked mortgage guy.

-- Richard Connelly

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.