Meeting Norm Nixon

N.Nixon Former Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Norm Nixon visited the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for an eye exam. During the visit Norm mentioned to Dr. Liu that he hadn’t had his eyes checked in over 25 years.

After the exam the 2x NBA champion was nice enough to sign autographs for Dr. Liu and staff.

Some of my signed items.

Facts about Norm

  • Full name is Norman Ellard Nixon.
  • Attended Duquesne University.
  • 2x NBA All-Star.
  • 2x NBA champion.
  • Is married to actress/producer/director/dancer Debbie Allen.


Isaiah Rider Autograph Signing

Isaiah RiderIsaiah Rider made an appearance at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for a private signing. Isaiah flew in from Arizona just for this private event.

Basketball fans had the opportunity to mail in, drop off items, or participate in person. I’v never been one to mail in or drop off items so when the opportunity rose to attend in person I had to take advantage.

Some of my signed items.
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Facts about Isaiah

  • Nicknamed J.R.
  • Attended UNLV.
  • 1994 NBA Slam Dunk Champion.
  • 2001 NBA Champion.
  • Played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.


Isaiah touches on the subject of signing a one year deal with the Lakers
for the 2000-01 season and on Kobe Bryant retiring at the end of this season.

Meeting Gary Grant

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Former NBA guard Gary “The General” Grant had an appointment at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. I was in the area and was asked by Dr. Liu if I wanted to meet one of his favorite Clippers of all time.

Gary was in very good spirits for the short meet & greet and signed some items that Dr. Liu had given me.

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Facts about Gary

  • Attended the University of Michigan.
  • Was the 15th overall pick in the 1988 NBA draft.
  • Was given the nickname “The General.”
  • Played for the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers.


Rest In Peace Chocolate Thunder


On August 27, 2015, former NBA center Darryl Dawkins passed away. According to ESPN, Darryl passed away from a heart attack.

Darryl played 14 seasons in the NBA and was the first player to go straight to the NBA out of high school.

May Darryl rest in peace.

Darwin Cook Autograph Signing


Former NBA point guard Darwin “Spark Plug” Cook made an appearance at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. The small event was just for some invited friends of Dr. Liu’s. 

During the meet and greet, Darwin mentioned that he was very likely to open a cigar lounge in the Palmdale area very soon. If and when he opens the cigar lounge, I will be sure to post the information. That way people can light up a cigar and hang out with a former NBA player.

Darwin played in the NBA during the 1980’s for teams that included the Nets, Bullets, Spurs and Nuggets.

Darwin Cook D.Cook2Facts about Darwin

  • Full name is Darwin Louis Cook.
  • Attended Crenshaw High School.
  • Attended the University of Portland.
  • 1979 Summer Universiade Gold Medal.
  • Played 9 seasons in the NBA.