Basketball may be your favorite game and NBA maybe your favorite league but there are some shocking facts that you might not know before. So let’s get started straight away.
We’re all familiar with the huge wage gap between men and women. Normally we imagine this discrepancy taking place in businesses and corporations. But it turns out the world of sports is just as unequal. We all know that it’s not unusual for an NBA player to make well over 25 million dollars.
However, the maximum possible salary in the WNBA is $115,000 and most don’t even make a fraction of that amount. In fact, last year’s top draft pick for the WNBA only received a fifty-two thousand dollar contract well beneath the US median income. Though women’s college basketball is starting to receive more attention. Clearly the sport has a long way to go until women are as appreciated as their male counterparts
2. Latrell Sprewell
Latrell Sprewell’s story is somewhat tragic. He was the 24th overall draft pick in 1992 and had a very bright future in the NBA. He had a few successful seasons under his belt when he first earned some negative headlines while practicing with the Golden State Warriors in 1997.
Coach PJ Carlesimo was critical of Sprewell’s passing ability things escalated and Sprewell began to choke his own coach before he was pulled off by other teammates. Sprewell proceeded to shower changing the street clothes and attack his coach again. This time punching him viciously.
Sprewell’s contract was annulled and he was suspended from the league for a full season but he got his second chance first with the New York Knicks and later with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, during the 2003 season, the Timberwolves offered him a 21 million dollar salary substantially less than what he was used to making. Sprewell refused the offer and became a free agent after a few seasons. Several teams have expressed interest in signing Sprewell but he refused their offers as well. In the end, Sprewell never played professionally again and ended up completely broke after just a few years
3. Paul Pierce Stabbing
Paul Pierce is one of the greatest players in Boston Celtics history. He scored 20,000 career points and was dubbed the truth by Shaquille O’Neal for the caliber of his gameplay. But things weren’t always so easy for Pearce in 2000. Just after the end of the basketball season, Pearce was stabbed 11 times in the face neck and back and had a bottle smashed over his head while at a dance club in Boston.
He had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage. Nevertheless, Pearce was the only Celtic to start all 82 games in the 2000-2001 season. Teammate Tony Battie and his brother saved him by rushing him to a nearby hospital. In 2003, two and a half years after the attack Pierce pledged 2.5 million dollars to help expand the high-tech surgical center at Tufts, New England Medical Center that made his recovery possible. Pierce stated this is an opportunity for me to give back to the hospital that was there for me when I needed it.
4. NBA’s Tallest & Shortest Players
Basketball is a sport that rewards height from a jump shot to a block. A larger stature gives you a huge advantage over your opponent no matter how athletic they are. Some even believe that HUD can guarantee you a successful career in basketball.
The 2012 study concluded that 17% of American males over 7 feet tall played in the NBA so it won’t shock you to learn that the league’s tallest player was Manute Bol at a whopping 7 foot 7.
The Sudanese player has the second most blocked shots of any player in NBA history for obvious reasons but perhaps even more amazing is Mugsy Bogues. At 5 foot 3 and 135 pounds he is by far the smallest player in NBA history but this didn’t hold him back. He could dunk on a full size 2 and still managed to block 39 shots in his career. Bowl and Bob have guarded one another on several occasions and the discrepancy in their height seems like an optical illusion.
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