The NBA (National Basketball Association) is one of the most impressive sporting leagues in the world. The highly regarded NBA league is now nearing 70 years. Each new season brings more lure, more fans, more narratives, more legacies and more drama. Most fans know about the dramatic Magic Johnson and Larry Bird battles of the 80’s, the Jordan Bulls era, the recent Lakers phenomenon and even the controversial superstar LeBron James. However, some facts and tales are less well known but all the more fascinating. From a player having fourteen kids to a player having over 300 fouls, your mind will be blown away by these little known facts.
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Michael Jordan Was Fined For Wearing His Own Shoes
Michael Jordan was fined $5,000 by commissioner David Stern, for showing off the first of his series of high-tops in 1985, for every game he played them in.
NBA Part Of A Huge Referee Betting Scandal
In 2007, it was revealed that referee Tim Donaghy was paid to pass betting tips on to outside parties and fans. He claimed that the NBA instructed them to influence the results of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.
Most Former Players Are Flat Broke Within Five Years Of Retirement
For some reason, over half of the NBA’s ex-players (60%) are flat broke and bankrupt after only five years out of the league.
One Player Averaged a Triple Double But Never Got MVP
Oscar Robertson remains the only player to average a triple-double over the course of an entire season. Yet, for some reason he never won the Most Valuable Player award.
The Tallest Player was 7’7″
Romanian centre Gheorghe Muresan is the tallest man ever to play in the NBA, standing a towering 7’7″, who spent a total of five seasons in the league.
Michael Jordan Wasn’t A First Pick
Michael Jordan is regarded as the greatest to ever have played basketball, but the 1984 NBA Draft, he didn’t get selected in the first round and was passed over by the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Shortest Player Was Only 5’3″
Muggsy Bogues was drafted into the NBA even though he was only 5’3″ and had a 14 year career.
Only Four Teams Have Won More Than Three Times
These teams have built an NBA dynasty by winning more than four times: the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs.