The NBA is now over 71 years old. It has an incredible history, full of facts, events and awards. People are always looking for information about their favorite players or teams. There are thousands of information available across the Internet.
Did you know that 2.31m tall Romanian Gheorghe Mureşan is the tallest player in NBA history to date?
Basketball created in its origins as part of a physical exercise program has become one of the most popular and dynamic sports on the planet, professional basketball in the United States and its “NBA” league represents the ultimate expression of this sport.
We analyzed all the collections and selected the 10 best facts that you may not know and that you will learn a lot about basketball for sure. Here are the top 10 interesting facts about the NBA that you may not know about.
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- 1. Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times and still played every game in the 2000 – 2001 season
- 2. The shortest player in NBA history blocked 39 shots
- 3. Shaq challenged Hakeem to a face-to-face
- 4. There was never a quintuple in the NBA
- 5. 60% of NBA players go bankrupt after 5 years of playing professional basketball
- 6. LeBron James eats and writes with his left hand
- 7. The shortest and tallest player in NBA history played once for the same team
- 8. Kobe Bryant’s first NBA contract was co-signed by his parents
- 9. Air Jordans sneakers have been banned from the NBA
- 10. Shaquille O’Neal made just one three-point shot in history
1. Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times and still played every game in the 2000 – 2001 season
On September 25, 2000, Paul Pierce was at the Buzz Club in Boston. It had been a long night and unfortunately, Paul was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He tried to stop a fight at the club and was stabbed 11 times. He was stabbed in the face, neck and back. Someone even broke a bottle on his head. Tony Battie, who was his former teammate quickly rushed him to the hospital and saved his life. He had to undergo lung surgery.
Surprisingly, he was on his feet again three days after the surgery on his own. He soon returned to the court and started shooting.
One of the craziest things was that he played 82 games in the 2001-2002 season and was the only Boston Celtics player to start all 82 games from that time. For a person who has been stabbed 11 times, this seems impossible. That’s because he was very, very hard mentally. He was very dedicated to his team and basketball.
2. The shortest player in NBA history blocked 39 shots
Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. Imagine a player with a height of 1.60 m entering the NBA. This is not a normal story. This is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary man.
Muggsy faced criticism about his height at all stages of his life, but he never gave up. He worked effortlessly and made it to the NBA. Blocked 39 shots at taller players when he was in the NBA. He was very special.
3. Shaq challenged Hakeem to a face-to-face
In 1995, Shaq was 22 years old and led the Orlando Magic. He took Magic to the final of that time. However, the finals had a different story for Shaq. It was the opposite of one of the best centers of all time in the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem scored more than 30 points in each game and surpassed Shaq in all departments. The series was a clean sweep and Shaq was very frustrated.
Shaq was so upset with Hakeem that he sent a note to Hakeem after the end of the final, challenging him to one-on-one.
4. There was never a quintuple in the NBA
Doubles and doubles are common in the NBA. Have you ever heard of quadruple-double?
There are only four players in NBA history with a double quadruple. They are Nate Thurmond (22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 blocks), Alvin Robertson (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals), Hakeem Olajuwon (18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks ), and David Robinson (34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks).
Now reaching the fivefold double, as mentioned above, there has never been a fivefold double in the NBA where a player has recorded at least 10 statistical points in five categories.
5. 60% of NBA players go bankrupt after 5 years of playing professional basketball
These data are based on a study by Sports Illustrated, done in 2009, however, the trend is the same until today. How can an NBA player who earns millions go bankrupt? This is an obvious question that comes to mind. However, the study is true. A player earns millions during his career and has a luxurious lifestyle. Basketball players spend all their money on cars, shoes, clothes, houses and other luxuries. It is not difficult to imagine where the money goes.
Players must understand the importance of money and they must be financially intelligent. LeBron James is a great example of this. He hired people to take care of his business and financial matters. Players need to understand that there is a lot more to life after the NBA.
6. LeBron James eats and writes with his left hand
One of the most dominant players on the planet at the moment, LeBron James eats and writes with his left hand. It is ambidextrous. LeBron shoots with his right hand and is generally considered right-handed, however, the fact is that he uses his left hand for almost everything except throwing the basketball.
When asked about this, he replied that he tried to imitate his idols Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway as a child and started shooting with the right because they shot with the right. Imagine if LeBron starts shooting with the left too.
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7. The shortest and tallest player in NBA history played once for the same team
Muggsy Bogues (1.60 m) is the shortest person to play in the NBA. Muggsy was an incredible athlete and was famous for his steals. He was so small that in one of the games he went through the legs of another player, it was an underestimated pitch blocker.
Manute Bol (2.12 m), on the other hand, is the tallest person to play in the NBA. He was an excellent pitcher and hitter. He was an underestimated three-point shooter.
In the 1987-1988 season, the two played for the same team at the Washington Bullets.
8. Kobe Bryant’s first NBA contract was co-signed by his parents
Kobe Bryant was the 13th choice in the 1996 NBA draft. He was selected by Charlotte Hornets and immediately negotiated with the Los Angeles Lakers and the rest is a story that we all know about. One of the other stories about recruiting was that when Kobe was recruited, he was not 18 years old. The eligibility rules for an NBA draft were different then than they are today.
Kobe’s parents had to sign his NBA contract on his behalf until he turned 18 that year.
9. Air Jordans sneakers have been banned from the NBA
The Air Jordan were born in 1985 and are still one of the best basketball shoes of all time. They continue to grow year after year. However, the start was not so easy. Tennis shoes at that time were mostly white and players were instructed to wear shoes that matched their uniforms and the shoes of their teammates. The first Jordan’s came in black and red combinations that were not appreciated by ex-commissioner David Stern because they matched the Chicago Bulls uniform.
Stern fined Michael Jordan $ 5,000 for each game he played with these sneakers. Jordan did not care because all fines were paid by Nike on his behalf. It was not a high price for Nike in exchange for what it received.
10. Shaquille O’Neal made just one three-point shot in history
One of the best NBA players of all time, Shaq is a four-time NBA champion and 15-time NBA All-Star. He mastered every aspect of the game, except one. Shaq has tried 22 three points in his entire career and converted just one of them. It is difficult to imagine a player with 11,196 baskets in his NBA career, however only a single 3-point basket.
It was on February 16, 1996, when the Magic inbound the ball and with two seconds left on the clock, one of the ugliest bench shots in NBA history was made by Shaq.