NBA basketball is more than 73-years old. Its journey began on 6th June 1946. In all these years, players and the games made incredible history consisting of events, facts, and definitely awards. If you are a newcomer to the squad, then you probably don’t know all the interesting facts about NBA basketball. You will get thousands of facts from the internet.
These facts will entertain you for sure, even if you know about it. So, check out the following facts.
1. Shaquille O’Neal Converted 1 Three-Pointer Shot Ever
Already shocked! Being one of the top all-time NBA players, Shaquille has own NBA championship 4 times and NBA All-Star for 15 times. In every aspect of the game, he used to dominate, except one. In his entire career, he attempted at least 22 three-pointers, and only 1 was successful. A player who has scored 11,196 buckets throughout his NBA career has just 1 three-pointer. Isn’t it amazing? He made the successful shot in 1996 on 16th February when the clock was ticking to end the game. It is one of the ugliest bank shots Shaq has made in NBA history.
2. Banning Of Air Jordon From NBA Basketball
1985 is the birth year of Air Jordon and till now one of the famous all-time sneakers of basketball. Year after year, they are growing bigger. But, the starting of the company was not so easy. During those years, mostly white sneakers were in. The instruction for players was to wear matching shoes with their uniforms and teammates. The Air Jordon came in red and black combinations. David Stern, the Former Commissioner, didn’t like that as the shoes matched with the uniform of Chicago Bulls.
So, Stern took fine from Michael Jordon $5000/per game, when Jordon played wearing these sneakers. But Jordon had nothing to mind as Nike paid all the fines for him. For Nike, it was a small price as they got more return from the price they paid.
3. NBA Contract Co-signed By Kobe Bryant’s Parents
In 1996, Kobe Bryant was the 13th pick in NBA draft. Charlotte Hornets selected him, and he was taken to Los Angeles Lakers. And after that, it is the history which all top fans know. There is something fascinating about Kobe’s NBA draft. He was yet to turn 18 that time, and NBA draft’s eligibility rules were quite different than today’s time. So, Kobe’s parents signed his first NBA contract for him until he became 18 years old.
4. Shortest And Tallest Player In the Same Team Of NBA Basketball
Shortest person to play in NBA basketball was Muggsy Bogues, and he is 5’3″. However, he was a remarkable athlete who got famous for his steals. On one play, he went through a player’s legs. However, as a shot-blocker, he was underrated.
Manute Bol, on the other hand, was 7’7,” and he is the tallest of all NBA players. He was terrific as rebounder and shot-blocker. However, as a three-point shooter, he was underrated. In the 1987-1988 season, these two players played in the same team for Washington Bullets.
5. LeBron James Is An Ambidextrous Person
LeBron James, one of the dominating players, eats as well as writes with the left hand. However, he shoots the basket with his right hand only. Other than shooting for almost every work, he uses his left hand. As his idols were Michael Jordon along with Penny Hardaway, he started to play with his right hand since childhood.