In some ways he thinks his career was a casualty of the athleticism that made him a star in the dunk contest. He relied on it too much instead of using his mind. He got caught up in trying to please the fans, who wanted him to duplicate his dunk contest moves in the game.
"I got to the NBA because I was a consistent player playing tough defense, not throwing the ball away," Stansbury says. "Playing in the NBA, everybody behind the bench wants you to dunk. That's not how I got there. I didn't get to the NBA because I could jump."
Stansbury played in the Continental Basketball Assn. for a few weeks. Then he went to Europe, where played in Holland and then France for most of the last 10 years, right until 2003. He accepted an offer to coach the BC Jyvaskylan team in Finland this season.
Stansbury doesn't look back at his career with regrets. He's the type of guy who can be grateful that the temperature in Finland on this day is 23 degrees, instead of the predicted minus-4.