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A League Full Of Things You Didn’t Know

January 12, 2013

We all know certain stuff about certain players. But somewhere along the lines some of these stories became fairytales. I’ve done some research to set some things straight. Let’s go!

Steve Nash was born in South Africa. His first love is soccer and he only played basketball in high school because his friends were on the team. The reason Nash took the number 10 after signing with the Lakers (after the fact that his standard number 13 was retired for Wilt Chamberlain) was because it’s a number often associated with soccer greats.Who knew Steve Nash is black!?

Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino called Kobe The Black Mamba at a Laker game a year or so after Kill Bill came out. That is the origin of that nickname, unlike the fact that many people think Kobe gave it to himself. I still think it’s a corny nickname.

Kwame Brown named his daughter Kwameeri. Really, Kwame?

Chris Webber made the beat for Nas’ “Blunt Ashes” and “Surviving Times”. He also released a Hip-Hop album titled “2 Much Drama”. The lead single “Gangsta Gangsta” did well, landing on the #10 spot. C-Webb has also expressed multiple times, that he’s interested being a GM or owner in the near future.

John Stockton and Karl Malone both own car dealerships in Salt Lake City, Utah that were given to them as supplemental pay when they played with the Jazz. Too bad Karl is more of a bikerguy.

At the age of 10, Kris Humphries was the number 1 ranked swimmer of that age class. Number 2 was Michael Phelps.

Tim Duncan, tattoo, wizard, chest

Tim Duncan and David Robinson used to play Starcraft together. Gordon Hayward is a pretty big gamer too and has competed in Starcraft tournaments during the Lockout. To point out how much of a geek Tim Duncan really is: He has a Merlin The Magician tattoo on his chest and loves to go to science fairs.

Yinka Dare played more than 1000 minutes and only had 4 assists in his career. He also ended up with more turnovers than assists, steals and blocks combined. LEGEND

Steve Kerr grew up in Lebanon and the Middle East and his dad was assassinated there.

Former NBA player Manute Bol (picture above) is credited as popularizing the phrase “My Bad”. There’s another story of Manute, saying he killed a lion with a spear while he was working as a cowherd.

Duncan, was a world-class swimmer at one point in his development (among top ranked in 400 meter). Stopped swimming after his community’s pool was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo and switched over to basketball. Duncan swam in the ocean afterwards but stopped because he was afraid of sharks. Also, Tim Duncan was named to both All NBA First Team and All NBA First Defensive Team… in his rookie year.

Larry Bird and Kevin McHale used to chain smoke cigarettes and drink beer after games. YOLO?

The Baltimore neighbourhood in which Carmelo Anthony grew up was used as the setting for television series “The Wire”.

Kyrie Irving was in fact born in Australia. He was going to play for Australia during the last Olympics until he changed his mind and pledged his allegiance to the US. I think he’ll be in the next selection for Team USA.

Vin Baker, Keon Clark and Shawn Kemp were at one point in their NBA careers, alcoholics. Sad stories, all of them could’ve had great careers. There’ll be a “What Happened To” episode dedicated to Vin Baker later.

Delonte West has gone bankrupt during his NBA career and at one point, had to sleep in the Mavs’ facility center. West remains a Free Agent as his mental issues continue to cause hesistancy with NBA GM’s to sign him.

Dwight Howard‘s family calls him the “miracle child” because his mother miscarried seven times before he was born.

And just for fun:

Allen Iverson still hasn’t officially retired. C’mon A.I., give it up already so we can put you in the Hall Of Fame.

Greg Oden only spent 1 year in college. But like 20 years in High School.

Metta World Peace & Stephen Jackson are NOT clinically insane. Although I’m not sure about this one.

Royce White, as a kid, wanted to be a pilote. I’m sorry, couldn’t help it!

Allen Iverson has practiced. Practice?

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