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Where are they now? Fab 5

Al Davis Al Davis
Jerome Freeman Jerome Freeman
Dwight Holiday Dwight Holiday
Bob Nash Bob Nash
John Penebacker John Penebacker

By Kristine Uyeno bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - It was the early 1970s, a special time for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team. There was a group of players, who are still known today, for helping to put the Aloha State in the national spotlight. From 1970-72, the Fab 5, helped UH earn its first appearance in the NIT and NCAA tournaments. Over that two-year period, Hawaii had an astounding 47-8 record. And now?

"I'm retired from the military," said John Penebacker.

"I work in security. I'm in that field right now," said Jerome Freeman.

"I'm currently the head basketball coach for the University of Hawaii," said Bob Nash.

"I help people with their retirement and preparing and planning for education and things of that nature," said Dwight Holiday.

"I work for McKenna Ford in Kailua, Hawaii," said Al Davis.

They reunite on Sunday, May 17, for an appearance at the dealership where Davis works. It's part of the 17th Annual Mustang Madness and All Ford Car Show at Mike McKenna's Windward Ford. Members of the Fabulous Five will sign autographs and promote their $15 DVD, which is filled with memorable highlights. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

"Winning the Rainbow Classic the first year, 1970, against our archrival BYU. So that's probably my fondest memory," said Penebacker.

They say their camraderie, on and off the court, is what made them so successful.

"The basketball part of it was a given, we came from winning programs, that was to be expected, but to do it with friends, made it that much more special," said Nash.

"Because we weren't that real big, we figured that if we were in better shape than you, you can't beat us, it's kinda like a track meet. If we got there before you, than what's stopping us from scoring?" said Davis.

They all call Hawaii home. In fact, they see each other pretty often.

"There's nothing that's changed. We got a little older, a little wiser, but we're still just as close as when we were going to high school or college together, should I say," said Freeman.

"But these guys, they come to the games, they support, when I needed money, they helped raise money, they've done a lot of good things. They continue to do things in the community," said Nash.

But getting the Fab 5 to reunite on the court, is a rare treat.

"It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to play this game at the level that we played and I'd have to be in such good shape and there's no way. I'd rather be lifting a beer than doing wind sprints," said Holiday.

"I try never ever to get out here. Everything hurts, when I look at the court, things hurt," said Davis.

But they still got game and can even coach someone like me, to sink it, in the first try. But in all seriousness, they say, times have changed. Finding the kind of chemistry they had on the court, isn't easy.

"It's very difficult to get players to understand that if you do it as a family, really have a genuine care for each other, the basketball thing will take care of itself," said Nash.

It's what took care of these five, and it's what made them, so fabulous.

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