NBA: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About the League (Part 1)

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The NBA is the undisputed king of basketball leagues. As such, players, coaches and fans from all around the world flock to the NBA for the best basketball on the planet. With such competition and diversity comes some strange and interesting facts. Read below for the first half of the list!

Number Fifteen: The City of Providence Once Had its Own Team in the NBA

Franchises tend to move around a lot in the NBA, but most fans do not know that the little city of Providence, Rhode Island Once had a team. It was called the Steamrollers and it had an abysmal record of 46-122 over three seasons.

Number Fourteen: The Shortest Player in League History Was 5’3″

Pretty damn short by any standards, but the player – Muggsy Bogues – was definitely tiny by NBA standards. Fun fact: he also appeared in Space Jam. The tallest player ever, meanwhile, was the Romanian center Gheorghe Muresan, at 7’7”.

Number Thirteen: One of the League’s Best Players of All Time Was a Harlem Globetrotter First

Wilt Chamberlain is one of the greats, having scored 100 points in a game in 1962 – and it’s still the record. But before he was breaking NBA records, Wilt Chamberlain was one of the flashy basketball entertainers on the Harlem Globetrotters.

Number Twelve: The Seattle Supersonics – a Former Team – Had a Player Who Performed Ballet in His Spare Time

The one-time starting power forward Vladimir Radmanovic made his ballet debut in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” The Yugoslavian player performed in the production which was being done not too far from Key Arena, where the Sonics played their home games.

Number Eleven: One of the Tallest Players in League History Claim to Have Killed a Lion

The African player Manute Bol was 7’6” but weighed only 200 pounds. Nevertheless, the man claimed that he once killed a lion – with nothing but a spear. This is in his pre-NBA days, of course.

Number Ten: There Used to be Jump Balls After Every Basket

Lots of rules have changed since the inception of the league, some for better, some for worse. We can probably all safely say that getting rid of this many jump balls is a definite improvement.

Number Nine: Michael Jordan Was Once Fined by the NBA for Wearing His Own Sneakers

He had to pay the league $5,000 for every game he wore them in. How things Have changed. Check back for part two, coming soon!

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