NBA Fact 10: One Player has Killed a Lion
Manute Bol, born into the Dinka Tribe of the Nile Valley region of Africa once killed a sleeping Lion with a pear after it attacked his cows. He also reportedly traded 80 cows for his wife’s hand in marriage.
Fact 9: 60% of ex-players go bankrupt within 5 years of retirement
Common reasons include poor financial management skills, lavish spending and typical ‘hangers-on’ that come with the fame.
NBA Fact 8: Michael Jordan Was Find upon wearing his first signature shoe
In 1985, Jordan was fined $5000 by commissioner David Stern for every game he played in them, as he claimed ‘they didn’t match the bulls uniform’. Jordan continued to play in the shoes as Nike paid the fines for him.
Fact 7: Only 4 teams have won more than 3 Championships
These four include the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls.
NBA Fact 6: The League was Rocked by a Refereeing Scandal Influenced by the NBA Itself.
In 2007, referee Tim Donaghy was paid to pass betting tips onto outside parties. In response, Donaghy claimed that the NBA instructed referees to stretch the highly viewed 2002 Western Conference Finals Series between the Kings and the Lakers to 7 games. Donaghy was also charged for rigged refereeing in the 2007 Western Conference finals between the Spurs and the Suns.
Fact 5: Jump Balls Used to be after Every Made Basket.
Fact 4: Oscar Robertson Averaged A Triple Double in 1962 And Didn’t win the MVP Award…
Oscar Robertson remains the only player to average a triple-double over the course of an entire season (1961-62), yet unbelievably failed to scoop the Most Valuable Player award. Robertson averaged 30 points 12 rebounds and 11 assists that year.
NBA Fact 3: The NBA didn’t Invent the 3-point line
It was first permanently adopted by the rival American Basketball Association in 1961. Many critics viewed the new rule as nothing more than a gimmick and a change which took away from the exciting physicality of the game.
Fact 2: Only 2 Founding Teams Remain in their Original Form
The two surviving originals are the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, a pair of franchises who certainly benefitted from a large target audience and cities with an ingrained and passionate sporting culture.