The NBA has been around for almost 70 years, but if you did not know anything about the game or its rich history of events, you would think that the NBA had been around for over 700 years. The amount of stuff that has happened over the course of NBA history could even make the limitless Internet reach its end.
Of course, there are some things in the history of the NBA that are too technical and far too boring for your average lay person to digest or even care. I highly doubt that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) would be interesting to even the most knowledgeable and die hard of fans, except with capologists and basketball super nerds. However, the history of the NBA is by and large very rich in events and full of dramatic interest.
There are some really unique and unusual facts about NBA players and the game of basketball in general, that could perk up anyone’s ears if they like odd and interesting facts. For example, five-time champion and two-time MVP, Tim Duncan, started playing basketball in the Virgin Islands in 9th grade because Hurricane Hugo destroyed his swimming pool. Duncan was an avid swimmer. His sister, Tricia, was an Olympic swimmer and Duncan wanted to follow in her footsteps. However, since Hugo took out Duncan’s swimming pool, along with Duncan’s paranoia for swimming in the ocean because of sharks, Duncan decided to play more of a land sport – basketball. Of course, basketball was sort of a natural fit for Duncan since he was already close to being 7-feet tall.
But can you imagine what the NBA would look like today, if Duncan never played basketball? His presence changed the course of NBA history. The NBA would be totally different today if Hurricane Hugo didn’t force Duncan to play basketball. These are just some of the most interesting, yet weird facts that color the pages of NBA history and this very article.
21 The Phoenix Suns Won and Lost 10 Games in a Row
20 Josh Howard’s Had His Legs Broken and Reset
19 LeBron James Eats and Writes Left-Handed
18 NBA Dancers Earn $50-$150 Per Game
17 The Shortest Player and Tallest Player Were on the Same Team
16 Shaquille O’Neal Made Only 1 Three-Point Shot Ever
15 Kobe's Parents Co-Signed His First NBA Contract
14 Max Salary in the WNBA is $101,500 - the NBA is Over $20 Million
13 Air Jordan’s Were Banned From the NBA
12 A Quintuple-Double Has Never Happened in the NBA
11 Providence, RH Once Had a Team
10 Warriors Started 5 Rookies in a Game
9 60% of Players Are Broke After 5 Years of Retirement
8 7-Foot Tall Americans Have a 17% Chance to Make the NBA
7 Charles Barkley Was Cut Twice in High School
6 Qyntel Woods Used His Basketball Card as ID
5 Olympian Carl Lewis was Drafted by the Chicago Bulls
4 Manute Bol Killed a Lion with a Spear
3 Only Two Original NBA Teams Have Never Changed Cities: Knicks and Celtics
2 Manute Bol Paid 80 Cows For His Wife
1 Paul Pierce Was Stabbed 11 Times and Still Played Every Game in 2000-2001
It was a late night in Boston on September 25, 2000 at the Buzz Club, which is a night club in the theater district of Boston. Unfortunately, for Paul Pierce he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Pierce was trying to stop a fight and was stabbed 11 times while trying to separate it. Luckily for Pierce, his former teammate, Tony Battie was able to rush Pierce to the nearest hospital.
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