Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 NBA draft and went on to sign with the Grizzlies where he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013 and he is a two-time All-NBA Team member and a three-time NBA All-Star. Gasol has been a member of the Spanish national basketball team since 2006. He has won two Olympic silver medals, a FIBA World Cup title, two EuroBasket titles, a EuroBasket silver medal and EuroBasket bronze medal, the 71 center is the younger brother of fellow NBA player Pau Gasol. Gasol played high school basketball at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, nicknamed The Big Burrito, he was named Division 2s Mr. Basketball in 2003 following a senior season in which he averaged 26 points,13 rebounds and six blocks per game. In 2008, Lausanne retired Gasols #33 jersey, after graduating from Lausanne, Gasol returned to his home country of Spain to play in the Liga ACB for FC Barcelona.
After his solid play in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Gasol signed with Akasvayu Girona, Gasol was selected with the 48th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 NBA draft. No other instance is known where an NBA player was traded for his brother, on July 9,2008, Gasol signed with the Grizzlies. He went on to start his season in fine form. He finished the season with a.530 field goal percentage, a record, beating out a record previously held by his brother, Pau. In his second season, Gasol saw an increased amount of playing time and he used his increased amount of minutes to average 14.6 points with 9.3 rebounds per game. He recorded a high field goal percentage at 58. 1%. In 2010–11, Gasol averaged 11.7 points,7.0 rebounds,2.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 81 games and he finished second in rebounds per game and third in blocks per game during the playoffs. On June 24,2011, the Grizzlies extended an offer to Gasol in order to make him a restricted free agent. On December 14,2011, Gasol re-signed with the Grizzlies to a four-year, $58 million contract.
During the week of January 16–22, Gasol led the Grizzlies to a perfect 4–0 record, during that time, he recorded three double-doubles, earning him Western Conference Player of the Week honors. He was named an NBA All-Star for the first time, in 2011–12, he averaged 14.6 points,8.9 rebounds,3.1 assists,1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks in 65 games. In the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Grizzlies lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games
Ben Camey Wallace is an American retired professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University, in his NBA career, Wallace played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, in nine seasons with the Pistons, Wallace made two NBA Finals appearances and won a championship with the Pistons in 2004. The Pistons retired his jersey number 3 in 2016, Wallace was born in White Hall, Alabama, a small town in Lowndes County, and is the tenth of eleven children. He attended Central High School in Hayneville where he received honors in basketball, baseball. Former basketball player Charles Oakley is Wallaces mentor, having discovered Wallace at a 1991 basketball camp, Wallace first played college basketball on the junior college level at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland for two years. There, staples of Wallaces defensive prowess were shown as he averaged 17.0 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game and he transferred to Virginia Union, a NCAA Division II school, where he studied criminal justice.
Wallace averaged 13.4 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game as a member of the Virginia Union Panthers, whom he led to the Division II Final Four and a 28–3 record. As a senior, Wallace was named to the First-Team All CIAA and was selected as a First Team All-American by the NABC, after leaving Virginia Union and going undrafted, Ben Wallace travelled to Italy for a tryout with the Italian team Viola Reggio Calabria. Wallace only appeared in 34 games for Washington in the 1996–97 season, the following year he appeared in 67 games and started in 16, but did not average many points or rebounds. He did manage to average 1.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per game, Washington was unable to make the playoffs for three straight years. On August 11,1999, Wallace was traded to the Orlando Magic in a deal for Isaac Austin. In the 1999–2000 season, he solidified his role as a starter and he averaged 4.8 points,8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Magic as they won 41 games. His strong defensive play earned him the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, while being named to the All-Defensive First Team and the All-NBA Third Team.4 a game.
The Pistons won 50 games and the Central Division again, Detroit would go on to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in six games, but could not defeat the defending Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Nets in the Conference Finals. Wallace increased his rebounding to 16.3 per game in the playoffs, the 2003–04 season saw Ben Wallace continue to rank among the league leaders in rebounding and blocks. In the playoffs, the Pistons handily defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the first round, before facing New Jersey for the second straight year. Despite taking a 2-game lead to open the series, the Nets would win 3 straight games, the Pistons would face the Ron Artest and Reggie Miller-led, league-leading Indiana Pacers, and the two teams traded wins in the first four games
Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American former professional basketball player who played the power forward and center positions for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association. In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonalds All-American at Farragut Career Academy and he entered the 1995 NBA draft, where he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years. Garnett made an impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals, Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, Garnett holds several Timberwolves franchise records. In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade, in his first year with the Celtics, he helped lead them to the NBA championship, while finishing in third place for the MVP award.
In 2013, Garnett was included in a second headline trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets with longtime Celtic Paul Pierce, in 2015, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota. He announced his retirement from basketball in September 2016, Garnett was born on May 19,1976, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Shirley Garnett. He was the second of his mothers three children, Garnetts mother never married his father, OLewis McCullough, with their relationship ending shortly after his birth. Garnett grew up with his mother and stepfather, Ernest Irby, with whom he didnt get along, Garnett fell in love with the sport of basketball while attending Hillcrest Middle School, although he did not play organized basketball until high school. In his first three years of school, Garnett attended Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina. However, during the summer before his year of high school. Although not directly involved, Garnett was one of three students arrested for second-degree lynching, a charge that was expunged through a pre-trial intervention.
Due to the racially charged incident and fearful of being a target, Garnett decided to leave Mauldin High and transferred to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago and he led Farragut to a 28–2 record and was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today. He was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois after averaging 25.2 points,17.9 rebounds,6.7 assists and 6.5 blocks while shooting 66. 8% from the field. In four years of school, Garnett posted an impressive 2,553 points,1,809 rebounds and 737 blocked shots. In high school, Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields, who became a professional basketball player. To mark the 35th anniversary of the McDonalds All-American High School Boys Basketball Game, Garnetts decision not to play college basketball was influenced in part by his failure to score well enough on the ACT test to meet NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility
Tyson Cleotis Chandler is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Chandler was the second pick of the 2001 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He has played for the New Orleans Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, as starting center for Dallas, he played an integral role in the franchises first NBA championship in 2011. He was a member of the United States mens national basketball teams gold medal runs in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Chandler was born to Frank Chandler and Vernie Threadgill, though he did not meet his father Frank until in his life. He grew up in a farm in Hanford, just south of Fresno. Chandler began playing basketball at the age of three years on a basket Chandlers grandfather, fixed on a tree, Chandler grew up doing farm work such as milking cows, slopping pigs, and cultivating crops. At the age of nine years and his moved to San Bernardino, California. As a child, Chandler was teased because of his height, children on his basketball team joked that he was older than he really was.
In his freshman year, Chandler made the varsity team and played with future NBA player Tayshaun Prince, with the Dominguez Dons, Chandler became a teenage sensation, current players such as DeMar DeRozan watched him play and claimed he was like Shaq. Point guard Brandon Jennings, who was a boy for Dominguez at the time, Youd see the girls around Tyson, the Escalade he drove. Chandler earned accolades from Parade Magazine and USA Today, and was selected to the McDonalds High School All-America Team, as a freshman, he was profiled on current affairs TV program 60 Minutes. In his junior year, Chandler averaged 20 points,12 rebounds,6 assists and 3 blocks, in his senior year, Chandler led Dominguez to a state championship and a 31–4 record, averaging 26 points,15 boards, and 8 blocks a game. Chandler was recruited by several universities and considered UCLA, Syracuse, Kentucky, Chandler declared for the 2001 NBA draft as a prep-to-pro. Tyson Chandler was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Bulls intended to pair Chandler with fellow high school phenomenon Eddy Curry in the front court.
However, while both players had stretches of success during their time with the Bulls, they rarely coincided, in Chandlers case, back problems were a recurring issue throughout his career, particularly during the 2003–04 season. During the early part of his career, Chandler feuded with Brendan Haywood of the Washington Wizards, although the feuds became less frequent, Chandler struggled with foul trouble, which limited his playing time. Chandler played a role in the Bulls playoff run in the 2004–05 season. With Currys departure after the 2004–05 season, Chandler became the last member of the Bulls left from the Jerry Krause era, during the 2005–2006 season, Chandlers biggest impact was on defense, but he struggled again with foul problems and averaged only 5.3 points per game
Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He played two seasons of basketball for San Diego State University before being selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. He was traded to San Antonio on draft night, Leonard won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014 and was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. He is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, having won in 2015 and 2016, Leonard attended Canyon Springs High School before transferring to Martin Luther King High School his junior year. In Leonards senior year, he and Tony Snell led the King High Wolves to a 30–3 record, Leonard averaged 22.6 points,13.1 rebounds,3.9 assists and 3.0 blocks per game that year and won California Mr. Basketball. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals. com, Leonard was listed as the No.8 small forward, as a freshman at San Diego State, Leonard averaged 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
Leonard helped lead the Aztecs to a 25–9 record and the Mountain West Conference tournament title, SDSU received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament but lost to Tennessee 62–59 in the first round as Leonard recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds. Leonard led the MWC in rebounding and was named MWC freshman of the year, first team All-MWC, in Leonards sophomore season, he averaged 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds as the Aztecs finished with a 34–3 record and won back-to-back conference tournament championships. Leonard and San Diego State would once again make the NCAA tournament and this time, SDSU would advance to the Sweet 16 where they lost to eventual national champion UConn. Leonard was named to the Second Team All-America and would forgo his two seasons at San Diego State to enter the 2011 NBA draft. On December 10,2011, following the conclusion of the NBA lockout and teammate Tiago Splitter were selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge as members of Team Chuck. Although he suited up for the event, he did not play due to a calf strain, after starter Richard Jefferson was traded to the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Jackson, Leonard was promoted to the starting small forward position while Jackson served as his backup.
At seasons end, Leonard placed fourth in Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team, in the summer of 2012, Leonard was among several NBA up-and-comers chosen to play for the 2012 USA mens basketball Select Team. They trained with the Olympic team which featured Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, on October 26,2012, the Spurs exercised the team option on Leonard, re-signing him through the 2013–14 season. Leonard was selected to play for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge where he was again drafted to Team Chuck. He recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds as Team Chuck defeated Team Shaq for the second straight year 163–135, the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the NBA Finals where they faced the Miami Heat. Leonard averaged 14.6 points and 11.1 rebounds during the Finals as the Spurs lost the series in seven games, on April 6,2014, Leonard scored a season-high 26 points in the Spurs 112–92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He finished the season averaging 12.8 points,6.2 rebounds,2.0 assists,1.7 steals while shooting 52. 2% from the field
He was nicknamed The Worm and was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities. Rodman played at the forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice and he led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA. com states that he is arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history, on April 1,2011, the Pistons retired Rodmans No.10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that year. Rodman experienced a childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years. After aborting a suicide attempt in 1993, he reinvented himself as a bad boy and he repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials. He famously wore a dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be.
Rodman pursued an affair with singer Madonna and was briefly married to actress Carmen Electra. Rodman attracted attention for his visits to North Korea. Apart from basketball, Rodman is a retired professional wrestler. He was a member of the nWo and fought alongside Hulk Hogan at two Bash at the Beach events, in professional wrestling, Rodman was the first ever winner of the Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament. He had his own TV show The Rodman World Tour, and had roles in the action films Double Team. Both films were critically panned, with the former earning Rodman a triple Razzie Award and he appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole. Rodman was born in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Shirley and Philander Rodman, Jr. an Air Force enlisted member, when he was young, his father left his family, eventually settling in the Philippines. Rodman has many brothers and sisters, according to his father, Rodman himself has stated that he is the oldest of a total of 47 children.
After his father left, Shirley took many odd jobs to support the family, in his 1997 biography Bad As I Wanna Be, he expresses his feelings for his father, I havent seen my father in more than 30 years, so whats there to miss. I just look at it like this, Some man brought me into this world and that doesnt mean I have a father. Rodman and his two sisters and Kim, grew up in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Rodman was so attached to his mother that he refused to move when she sent him to a nursery when he was four years old
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls and his biography on the NBA website states, By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels national championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan. He gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball, in 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a three-peat.
Jordan retired for a time in January 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average. In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN and he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Jordan is known for his product endorsements and he fueled the success of Nikes Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself, in 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, buying a controlling interest in 2010. In 2015, Jordan became the first billionaire NBA player in history as a result of the increase in value of NBA franchises and he is the third richest African American, behind Oprah Winfrey and Robert F. Smith. Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Deloris, who worked in banking and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler.
Jordan is the fourth of five children and he has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr. one older sister, and a younger sister, Roslyn. Jordans brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U. S. Army. Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball, baseball and he tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 511, he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team, motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laneys junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point games
Outside basketball, he has become known for his humanitarian work. On January 10,2007, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second most prolific shot blocker in NBA history, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon. He averaged a double-double for most of his career, and is 12th all-time in career double-doubles, at the conclusion of the 2009 NBA playoffs, Mutombo announced his retirement. On September 11,2015, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Dikembe Mutombo was born on June 25,1966 in Leopoldville, Democratic Republic of the Congo as one of twelve children to Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo. He speaks English, Spanish and five Central African varieties including Lingala and he is a member of the Luba ethnic group. He moved to the United States in 1987 at the age of 21 to enroll in college and he spoke almost no English when he arrived at Georgetown and studied in the ESL program. During his first year of basketball as a sophomore, Mutombo once blocked twelve shots in a game.
While at Georgetown, Mutombos international background and interests stood out, like many other Washington-area college students, he served as a summer intern, once for the Congress of the United States and once for the World Bank. In 1991 he graduated with degrees in linguistics and diplomacy. In the 1991 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets drafted Mutombo with the fourth overall pick, coming to a team ranked last in the NBA in opponent points-per-game and Defensive Rating, his shot blocking ability made an immediate impression across the league. Mutombo developed his signature move in 1992 as a way to more marketable. After blocking a shot, he would point his right index finger at that player. That year, Mutombo starred in a Adidas advertisement which used the catchprase Man does not fly … in the house of Mutombo, a reference to his prolific shot-blocking. As a rookie, Mutombo was selected for the All-Star team and averaged 16.6 points,12.3 rebounds, Mutombo began establishing himself as one of the leagues best defensive players, regularly putting up big rebound and block numbers.
The 1993–94 season saw Denver continue the improvement with Mutombo as the franchise cornerstone, finishing with a 42-40 record. They were matched up with the top-seeded 63–19 Seattle SuperSonics in the first round, at the end of Game 5, Mutombo memorably grabbed the game-winning rebound and fell to the ground, holding the ball over his head in a moment of joy. Mutombos defensive presence was the key to the victory, his total of 31 blocks remains a record for a five-game series. In the second round of the playoffs, the Nuggets fell to the Utah Jazz 4-3, the following season, he was selected to his second All-Star game and received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
David Robinson (basketball)
David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career. Based on his service as an officer in the United States Navy. He is widely considered one of the greatest centers in both basketball and NBA history. To date, Robinson is the player from the Naval Academy to play in the NBA. David Robinson was born in Key West, the child of Ambrose. Since Robinsons father was in the Navy, the family moved many times, after his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in Woodbridge, where Robinson excelled in school and in most sports, except basketball. He was 5 feet,9 inches tall in high school, he tried his hand at basketball. Robinson attended Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, just outside Washington, by his senior year in high school he was 6 feet,6 inches tall, weighed 175 pounds, and had not played organized basketball or attended any basketball camps. When the coach added the tall senior to the team, Robinson earned all-area and all-district honors.
Robinson scored 1320 on the SAT, and chose to go to the United States Naval Academy, David Robinson is widely considered to be the best basketball player in Naval Academy history. He chose the jersey number 50 after his idol Ralph Sampson, in 1986, Robinson led Navy, a number seven seed, within a game of the Final Four before falling to Duke in the East Regional Final. Robinson played his first three years for the Midshipmen under Paul Evans and his senior season under former University of Georgia interim Head Coach Pete Herrmann. When he was admitted to the Naval Academy, two inches above the limit, but received a waiver from the Superintendent of the Academy. Robinson considered leaving the academy after his year, before incurring an obligation to serve in active duty. As a compromise, Secretary of the Navy John Lehman allowed Robinson to train for, as a result, Robinson was commissioned in the Naval Reserves and had to serve only an initial active-duty obligation for two years. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Robinson became an engineering officer at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.
He was regularly featured in recruiting materials for the service, despite the nickname Admiral, Robinsons actual rank upon fulfilling his service commitment was Lieutenant, Junior Grade. Since he had not signed a contract, NBA regulations stated that Robinson could have reentered the draft after his naval service
Draymond Jamal Green Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Green, who plays primarily at the forward position, was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team. Green was named an NBA All-Star the following two seasons, Green grew up in Saginaw and played college basketball for Michigan State, where he helped the Spartans earn two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2012. He went on to be drafted 35th overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, Green attended Saginaw High School in Saginaw, where he played for coach Lou Dawkins. As a sophomore in 2005–06, he averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds per game, as a junior in 2006–07, he averaged 25 points,13 rebounds, three assists and three steals per game as he led Saginaw to the Class A State Championship and a 26–1 record. On November 14,2007, Green signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Michigan State. Green had considered signing with Michigan and Kentucky and he was subsequently named captain of the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team, and was rated the No.36 player in the ESPN150, including the No.13 power forward.
As a freshman for Michigan State in 2008–09, Green appeared in 37 games off the Spartan bench as he averaged 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game on the season. As a sophomore in 2009–10, Green appeared in 37 games with three starting assignments as he averaged 9.9 points,7.7 rebounds,3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He became the first player in Michigan State history to be named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and he earned third-team All-Big Ten honors and was the recipient of MSUs Most Improved Player, Chairman of the Boards and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts awards. Twice, Green scored a season-high 19 points, on December 10 against Oakland and he had seven games with double-doubles, including 17 points and 16 rebounds on February 6 against Illinois. As a junior in 2010–11, Green averaged 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, on February 10,2011, Green followed Charlie Bell and Magic Johnson to be the third Michigan State mens basketball player to record a triple-double. In the 2011 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament, he recorded his second triple-double of the season and he went on to earn third-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year.
As a senior in 2011–12, Green captained the Spartans to a regular season Big Ten championship, the 2011–12 squad compiled a regular season 24–7 record and a 13–5 mark in Big Ten play, good for the teams 13th conference title and the third in the previous four years. Green was named Big Ten Mens Basketball Player of the four times during the season. On March 5,2012, Green was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches, on March 10,2012, Draymond passed Johnny Green as the second all-time rebounding leader at MSU, finishing the game with 1,046 career rebounds. On March 22,2012, in a loss to Louisville, Green collected 16 rebounds, bringing him to 1,096 career rebounds and he ended his career as one of three players in Michigan State history with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Green was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, on July 30,2012, he signed a three-year, $2.6 million contract with the Warriors
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, in 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game and he was nicknamed The Dream during his basketball career after he dunked so effortlessly that his college coach said it looked like a dream. Born in Lagos, Olajuwon traveled from his country to play for the University of Houston under head coach Guy Lewis. His college career for the Cougars included three trips to the Final Four, Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.
He combined with the 7 ft 4 in Ralph Sampson to form a duo dubbed the Twin Towers, the two led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals, where they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics. After Sampson was traded to the Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the Rockets undisputed leader and he led the league in rebounding twice and blocks three times. His Rockets won back-to-back championships against the New York Knicks, in 1996, Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States national team, and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He ended his career as the leagues leader in blocks and is one of four NBA players to record a quadruple-double. Olajuwon was born to Salim and Abike Olajuwon, working class Yoruba owners of a cement business in Lagos and he was the third of eight children. He credits his parents with instilling virtues of work and discipline into him and his siblings, They taught us to be honest, work hard, respect our elders. Olajuwon has expressed displeasure at his childhood in Nigeria being characterized as backward, Lagos is a very cosmopolitan city.
There are many ethnic groups. I grew up in an environment at schools where there were all different types of people, during his youth, Olajuwon was a soccer goalkeeper, which helped give him the footwork and agility to balance his size and strength in basketball, and contributed to his shot-blocking ability. Olajuwon did not play basketball until the age of 17, when he entered a local tournament and it has been said that a coach in Nigeria once asked him to dunk and demonstrated while standing on a chair. Olajuwon tried to stand on the chair himself, when redirected by staff not to use the chair, Hakeem could initially not dunk the basketball. Despite early struggles, Olajuwon quickly became taken into the game and that immediately I pick up the game and, you know, realize that this is the life for me. All the other sports just become obsolete, Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston under Cougars coach Guy Lewis