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10 Interesting NBA Facts That You Never Knew

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Being an NBA fan, it is not uncommon that we are always hungry for NBA facts and trivia, even if they are simply random stuff.

In most cases, we try to look for trivia on our favorite players, the championship winning team, or the best of the best players. The list below shows some random NBA facts you may know or never knew at all.

10. Carl Lewis NBA

10. Carl Lewis was picked in the 10th round of the 1984 draft by the Chicago Bulls, a month before he won four golds at the Los Angeles Olympics. Lewis had never played basketball at the high-school level. He was also taken with the third-to-last pick in the 12-round NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys despite a similar lack of familiarity with football.

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9. Tim Duncan vs. Sharks

Tim Duncan was training to become a member of the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Swim Team until Hurricane Hugo destroyed the only pool he could train in. His mortal fear of sharks kept him from using the ocean temporarily. So to keep in shape, he began playing basketball.

8. How We Get Tall

7-foot tall American males have a 17% chance of playing in the NBA.

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7. NBA JAM

The creator of NBA Jam hated the Chicago Bulls so much that he embedded a special code that made them miss last-second shots.

6. Wilt Chamberlain & Bill Russell

When Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to earn $100,000 in salary in 1965, his longtime rival Bill Russell demanded that his own salary be raised to $100,001. His salary was immediately raised.

5. Muggsy Bogues

Muggsy Bogues, the shortest man ever to play in the NBA at 5’3″ had blocked 39 shots throughout his career including one on Patrick Ewing (7’0″).

4. O'Neal vs. Hakeem

Shaquille O’Neal challenged Hakeem Olajuwon to one on one after losing the 1995 NBA Finals with a typewritten, signed and hand-delivered note.

3. Manute’s Wife Is Worth 80 Cows

Manute’s wife is worth 80 cows, and that’s why he had to slay a lion to avenge the loss of one of them. Growing up in Sudan’s Dinka tribe, women are sold to families as wives in exchange for other goods. This is why Manute’s grandfather had 40 wives and 80 children. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Manute’s grandfather must have had a lot of… cows. Over 300 of them, probably.

2. The Lowest Scoring Game

The lowest scoring game in the NBA was between the Fort Wayne Pistons versus the Minneapolis Lakers in 1950 with a score of 19-18.

1. Spider-Man

As a child, Shaq fell from a tree while imitating Spider-Man and fractured both of his wrists.

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