THE BACKYARD BASKETBALL CHARACTER GUIDE
by Mega S.A.M.
1. LEGAL STUFF
Backyard Basketball (C) 2001 Humongous Entertainment, a division of
Infogrames, Inc. Humongous' permission not granted for this FAQ. Duh.
Humongous got the rights to use the name and likeness of Kevin Garnett
from Garnett Enterprises and his photo on the box was courtesy of AND 1
and Medallion Associates. They got the rights to Lisa Leslie from
Lisa L. Enterprises.
2. SPECIAL THANKS
I'd like to thank Mom, who got me the game for Christmas 2001, and who
got me Backyard Baseball 2001 and Backyard Football for my birthday in
2001, and the Goodwill store from which I finally bought Backyard Baseball.
I love going out with Mom on Thursday nights...
01/17/2002-2:30 to 3:00- Typed version 1.00.000 for Kevin, Lisa L.,
Achmed, Amir, Ashley, Sidney, and Billy Jean. Origin of what I'm
known as to GameFAQs and the "Mega S.A.M. Adds" text after each entry.
I still have 25 to go.
01/17/2002-8:15 to 8:45- Version 1.11.111.
For another 30 minutes, I added Dante, Dmitri, Ernie, Gretchen,
Jocinda, and Jorge. 13 down, 19 to go. Oh. Did I tell you there's
a secret player? After I'm done with the other 32 entries, I'll
tell you how to unlock him.
01/17/2002-9:00- Version 1.16.667.
Modified my stuff for submission to GameFAQs. Split Gretchen's entry
into lines and removed a bad word in the pronunciation of Jorge's name
and left only the middle three letters of the bad word. Removed all
1/20/2002-5:30 to 5:45- Version 1.22.222. Realized that it was 1/17
when I made those first updates instead of 1/16. Updated that. Not
sure if this was accepted at first submission. Made a few updates
before I checked email. Added Kenny, Kiesha, Kimmy, and Lisa C.
1/21/2002-7:20 to 7:45- Version 1.27.000. Added even more character
bios, those being those of Luanne, Maria, Marky, Mikey, Pablo, and
Pete. This will be the next one I submit.
1/22/2002-6:30- Submitted version 1.27.000 to GameFAQs.
1/23/2002-6:10 to ?:??- Version 1.30.000. Added Reese, Ronny, and
Sally. Soon, I'm going to add a draft priority list in a later version.
1/28/2002-4:00 to 4:30- Version 1.40.000. Added Stephanie, Tony, and
Vicki, as well as my comments on Sally. Thought once again that Dmitri
could be of Russian descent. Added trivia on Marky.
Gonna add stats and the secret kid in a later version...
1/30/2002-4:30- Sent v1.4 to GameFAQs.
2/03/2002-4:15 to 4:30- version 1.50.000. Released info on the secret kid.
Also added jersey numbers. I also used Barry's skill ratings, but why
stop there with skill ratings??? Also tried to add draft priority list. I'll
done with skill ratings in version 1.99.999. Then I'll start a Backyard
Baseball 2001 project.
2/05/2002-7:45 to 8:00- Version 1.55.555.
Had been interrupted by my older brother last time.
Finished draft priority list.
2/20/2002-8:00-Sent version 1.55.555 to GameFAQs.
I bet you've probably heard of Backyard Sports and that it stars kids,
so I guess I should introduce you to these kids. I'll alphabetize their
names in a later FAQ. In the meantime, I'm typing them in the order they
appear in the Cards section. Also, I don't really haver time or drive
space to add their stats, but I'll do that later. The character
descriptions are excerpts from their cards. I added their sex and race.
Some of them are slightly edited. You've gotta love these kids!
4. AND NOW, THE KIDS
Jersey #: 21
They don't make 'em any better than little KG. With an incredible work
ethic, love for the game, and big-time hops, he can dominate the game on
offense or defense. You want this kid on your team.
Mega S.A.M. adds: As you know, he's on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This game doesn't have an NBA license, but it's still good. Kevin's
about the best in the neighborhood at inside shooting.
Nickname: ROLE MODEL
Jersey #: 9
Little Lisa Leslie is simply one of the best players here. She can hit the
outside jumper, is automatic from down low, and can control the game in
the paint. She's a player you build a team around.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Again, though she's on the Los Angeles Sparks, the
BBA puts her on the Hammers, as KG is on the Rim Rattlers. Same uniform
colors. Lisa L. is great at inside shooting, defense, and quickness.
Race: Punjabi Muslim
When Achmed isn't playing the heavy rocking guitar, he's out on the court
lighting it up from downtown. If he ever learns how to play defense, he
could be a star in this league.
Mega S.A.M. adds: The frontman of the Knights of Rockville has
very good outside shooting and quickness.
Race: Punjabi Muslim
The difference between heavy rocking Amir and heavy rocking
brother Achmed? Amir can play defense. With his phenomenal speed and
court skills, Amir might be the top point guard in the league.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Amir is one of the top five players. His defense
and quickness are excellent, and he can handle the ball greatly.
Sticks is a good outside shooter, too.
Nickname: SUGAR POP
Race: White (Italian-American)
Angela Delvecchio has something big brother Tony never had: an outside
shot! Unfortunately, while Angela can put up a lot of points in a hurry, she
usually gives up just as much on defense.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Are you thinking of putting Angela and Tony on the
same team? As Tony would say, "Fuhgettaboutit!"
Annie Frazier may be a little too mellow to be an all-star, but don't let her
calm demeanor catch you off guard. While she won't win many footraces,
she can post it up with the best of them.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Originally, Annie was the animal-lover, but since
Backyard Football, she's been a liberal new age thinker. She's always
had that rainbow on her shirt like Laverne from LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY
has an "L."
Nickname: LITTLE SMOKEY
Like her twin sister Sidney, Ashley is an all-around decent
ballplayer. If you put her on the same team as her sister, however, it
usually means double trouble for the opposition.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Correctamundo! Since Backyard Baseball 2001, there
were "good days" and "bad days" for the kids. Unlike Angela and Tony's
case, if the twins are on the same team, they're better than they are
Nickname: LITTLE SMOKEY
Wait a minute! Is that Sidney or Ashley? Either way, they're both average
ballplayers with a decent handle on the ball. When they're on the same
team, though, they can really light it up.
Mega S.A.M. adds: See Ashley's entry above.
BILLY JEAN BLACKWOOD
Nickname: CRAZY LEGS
Billy Jean may not be the most coordinated player in the league, but she
has one attribute you can't teach: height. Her long arms have been known
to alter a lot of shots.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Billy has the longest name of the kids (20 letters,
spaces included) and she wants to be a model in Paris when she's
older. She's a great defender and an even better inside shooter.
Race: Jamaican-American (How else do you explain the steel-drum theme?)
Dante Robinson is proof that you don't have to be tall to be a
great basketball player. One of the quickest players in sneakers, Dante is as
good as any point guard in the league.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Dante is small, but he eats like a behemoth twice
his height. His ballhandling and quickness are excellent and he can
nail great 3-pointers, but his shot in the paint is poor.
Race: White (Russian-American)
Thanks to many long hours studying ball trajectories, Dmitri has
become the league's top three-point shooter. His large girth makes him a
force in the paint as well.
Mega S.A.M. adds: This carrot-top has a high IQ for his age, but
eats paste. However, Mr. Petrovich can paste twos and threes like
they were oxidation numbers in atoms.
If the rest of his body ever catches up with his long legs, watch out!
One of the tallest and silliest players in the Backyard League, Ernie is a
player to have in the post.
Mega S.A.M. adds: The "comedian" is a token basketball player because
he's always wearing a basketball uniform, he has four-foot legs (5'0"
in all is tall for a 7-year-old) and he's black. I thought he'd be very
good, but he's actually one of the worst players. He can't handle the
ball or put up a trey, but he's excellent as an "X" or an "O".
Race: White (German-American)
What Gretchen lacks in basketball skill, she makes up for in energy and
effort. If all that hyperactivity could be harnessed, it could power a
large metropolitan city.
Mega S.A.M. adds:
Jocinda is simply one of the best all-around players in this league. She can
play any position and usually dominates the game at any of them.
Mega S.A.M. adds: What do they mean, "usually?" ALWAYS DRAFT JO SMITH FIRST
IN BACKYARD BASKETBALL! SHE EXCELS AT THREES AND IS VERY GOOD AT EVERYTHING
ELSE! SHE'S A GOOD PLAYER! GET HER BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE DOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He's not what you'd call a "natural athlete," but Jorge's arms can
alter a lot of shots, and he has decent touch inside. Unfortunately, his
fear of getting dirty severely limits his game.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Of course Jorge [pronounced hor-hey] doesn't want to
get dirty. He always wears Armani playclothes. He's rich, for crying out
loud. His defense, though, is as low as a bear market.
K-Man doesn't get a lot of vertical, but when you can shoot the ball like
he does, who cares?! Not the best defender, but his deadly range from
downtown can give your team some instant offense.
Mega S.A.M. adds: This intellectual wheelchair-bound Oriental is an
excellent outside shooter. He's bad in the paint and on defense.
Race: Not Definite, but probably African-American
Able to control the game on both offense and defense, Kiesha is the most
dominant post player in the league. She doesn't have much range, but
when you own the paint like she does, who cares?!
Mega S.A.M. adds: Flash has an inside shot with which to be reckoned,
and on defense, Kiesha's a big, lethal weapon.
Nickname: TWINKIE TOES
Kimmy is what you would call a pure point guard: a solid ballhandler with a
decent stroke from the outside. Since Kimmy likes sweets, her quickness
can come and go with each burst of sugar-induced power.
Mega S.A.M. adds: The redheaded, freckled candy monster has great
ability. She's also very good at defense.
Nickname: MAD DOG
Lisa doesn't say much and usually doesn't do much on the floor, but this
shy, mild-mannered girl can go ballistic if pushed too far. They don't call
"Mad Dog" for nothing.
Mega S.A.M. adds: She's a great inside shooter with great defense. She's a
ballhandler and a bad outside shooter. She's slow, too.
She may be the youngest player in the league, but her blazing speed and
reliable ballhandling make her look like a veteran twice her age. Of course,
that would still only make her eight years old.
Mega S.A.M. adds: This girl is very fast, great at making threes,
and ballhandling. That's not bad for a girl who carries her teddy bear
around. However, in the key and on defense, she's a baby.
Don't let that pink dress fool you. With one of the best jump shots in
the league, this girl is a silent assassin from long range. Her short stature
limits her on defense, however.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Yep. Pinky is a very good 3-point shooter, but poor at
She likes wearing pink uniforms, but she's always wearing a pink dress under
no matter what color they are.
Marky learned the game of basketball by tossing pumpkins into the garbage
can out back. While he doesn't have the best looking jumper, he can still get
the job done in the paint.
Mega S.A.M. adds: I reckon Marky is a durn good inside shooter. However, he
shoots from outside like an old lady in a purty little dolly store and plays
defense like a three-legged dawg a million miles away from his bones.
TRIVIA: Marky is named after a member of the Ramones, a punk rock group. In
according to the Backyard Baseball Baby Pictures on the inside scoop area of
humongoussports.com, Cootie's last name was almost going to be Ramone.
Sure, Mikey picks his nose, but he can set picks with the best of
them. He's the classic wide body in the post that every team needs, and
he's automatic near the hoop.
Mega S.A.M. adds: The word "turtle" comes to mind when his speed is
but he's a very good inside shooter. Mikey's nose is congested, but he can
sometimes congest the other team.
Nickname: SECRET WEAPON
You can't call him "The Secret Weapon" anymore. With his blinding speed,
deft ballhandling, and deadly outside shooting, Pablo has made a name for
himself. Just call him "The Weapon" now.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Can Pablo handle the ball? Si. Can Pablo shoot from
outside? Si. Can Pablo defend? Si. Is he fast? Si. I'm not supposed to tell
you, but Pablo is learning Spanish in school. It isn't his native tongue,
but he speaks only Spanish around the other kids. I don't know why, though.
Pete's not going to win many spelling bees, but he'll help your team win
many games. He's prone to the "unforced turnover," but if you need a
big body in the paint, Pete's your man.
Mega S.A.M. adds: A quote from Pete in Backyard Baseball is below.
"I, uh.... my dad says I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I can run
He said it well. He also says things like "One time it rained."
Nickname: BIG TOE
Reese isn't too hot on offense. He's not too hot on defense, either.
With his decent ballhandling skills, however, Reese could make a decent point
As long as he doesn't swallow his retainer.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Reese may have so many allergies and "asthmar," but he's
quick. He also has nimble hands.
Ricky is one of the nicest kids you'll ever meet, but that doesn't
mean he won't stuff your shot back in your face. A defensive stopper,
Ricky is a force to be reckoned with in the post.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Ricky is shy and quiet, but he loves the game.
He's bad at 3's, though...
Ronny is all about the "D." With his quick hands and nimble feet, this
pint-sized ballhawk can put the clamps on anyone in the league. Anyone
except big sister Sally, that is.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Don't even think about putting five-year-old Ronald Henry
on the same team as Sally. After all, Sally IS called "The Boss."
Nickname: THE BOSS
Sally "The Boss" Dobbs is a natural born leader. While she doesn't have a lot
of basketball skills herself, her constant nagging will bring out the best in
her teammates. Usually.
Mega S.A.M. adds: The team mom is a good inside shooter and a poor defensive
While baseball is Stephanie's true love, basketball is a close runner-up. If
she could devote herself fulltime to the hardwoods, she could easily be the
best player in the league.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Stephanie is a very good outside shooting, graceful
blur. She's not too shabby at defense or inside shooting, either. Can she
her baseball mitt?
Nickname: VEC (He likes to be called SLICK, but the nickname don't change.)
Race: White (Italian-American)
If Tony was half the player he thought he was, he'd be all-world.
Unfortunately, the only category he leads the league in is trash talking.
He needs to work on his "D" if he wants to be a star.
Mega S.A.M. adds: Tony exhibits the style of his namesake, Tony Schiavone,
without the need to bleep. If he's playing against Angela, then badabing
Both of those kids play better than normal.
With explosive quickness and a killer outside shot, Vicki may be the
greatest ballerina to ever play basketball. In fact, she might be the ONLY
ballerina to ever play basketball!
Mega S.A.M. adds: That's a well-put description.
OK, There's a kid that can be unlocked by creating a player, typing the name
BARRY DEJAY, and clicking "DONE" twice. Pick him for your team and he'll play
Jersey #: 00
Barry studies the nuances of basketball from the sidelines of the
neighborhood court since taller kids always overlook him for pickup games.
Little do they know that Barry has more game than an arcade. Give him the
ball and he'll truly "bury the J."
INSIDE SHOOTING 10/10
BALL HANDLING 10/10
Mega S.A.M. adds: Barry, like Chuck Downfield in Backyard Football, says
that he can't play anymore. Barry because of a twisted ankle; Chuck because
of a charley horse. Barry has mad skillz, though, and he'll get over that
5. DRAFT PRIORITY LIST
Based on skills of players and "balance factors" (taking the player's best sk
and worst skill and subtracting their range from 10)
DOES NOT INCLUDE BARRY DEJAY
01. Jocinda Smith
02. Vicki Kawaguchi
03. Amir Khan
04. Ronny Dobbs
05. Pablo Sanchez
06. Stephanie Morgan
07. Dmitri Petrovich
08. Dante Robinson
10. Kevin Garnett
11. Reese Worthington
12. Kimmy Eckman
13. Luanne Lui
14. Ashley Webber
16. Angela Delvecchio
17. Pete Wheeler
18. Billy Jean Blackwood
20. Achmed Khan
21. Kiesha Phillips
22. Tony Delvecchio
23. Kenny Kawaguchi
24. Maria Luna
26. Mikey Thomas
27. Ernie Steele
28. Lisa Crocket
29. Ronny Dobbs
30. Annie Frazier
31. Gretchen Hasselhoff
32. Jorge Garcia