Fascinating Facts About NBA

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

The guy featured in the NBA logo is former Laker Jerry West.

Physicists proved that shooting "granny style" is the absolute best technique to consistently score points on the line, but NBA players refuse to do it because it looks stupid.

Only 8 teams have won the NBA championship in the last 30 years.

There is a Chinese company by the name of Qiaodan (pronounced cheow-DAN) that illegally named itself after Jordan and used a modified 'Jumpman' logo to sell basketball shoes. They have grown so big that they now advertise in actual NBA games.

In 2014, more people watched the League of Legends Championship than the World Series, NBA Finals, BCS Championship, or the Final Four.

When a 7ft NBA player named Reggie Harding attempted to rob a Detroit gas station with a mask, the attendant said "I know it's you, Reggie.", to which he replied "No, man, it ain't me".

The 2000 NBA draft, considered to be one of the worst in history, was the only draft that produced an average number of wins below replacement level. In other words, the 2000 draft actually made the NBA less talented.

The maximum possible salary in the WNBA is $101,500 compared to over $20 million in the NBA.

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and wrote a novel focusing on Sherlock Holmes' Brother Mycroft.

It is possible to score a "quintuple-double" in basketball. Though this has never happened in the NBA, it has happened twice in girls high-school play.

NBA player Allen Iverson signed a lifetime endorsement contract with Reebok in 2001 that would pay him $800,000 a year until he reaches age 55 to where he would then receive a final lump sum payment of $32,000,000.

Johnny Chan won the World Series of Poker in 87 & 88. After his 2nd win, Chan met Lakers owner Jerry Buss (who's team also won championships in 87 & 88) and Jerry promised Johnny he'd get him an NBA championship ring if he could win three in a row. Both Chen and Buss loss the following year.

Shaquille O’Neal has made one 3-point shot in his entire NBA career.

The largest confirmed moose was 7'6" (2.33 m) tall at the shoulder, the same height as NBA star Yao Ming.

The trend of baggy shorts in the NBA was started by Michael Jordan because he wanted to wear his UNC shorts under his Bulls shorts.

The reason NBA teams have the white home jersey rule mainly due to the fact in the early days away teams didn't have laundry facilities so they would wear darker clothes to hide dirt.

Kobe Bryant's parents had to co-sign his first NBA contract because he was only 17 when he was drafted.

During this time in the NBA, Sudanese-born American Basketballer Manute Bol was responsible for popularizing the expression "my bad" when he made a bad pass to teammates at his tenure with Golden State due to his dialect.

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 is raised to $100,001. His salary was immediately raised.

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are tied for second with 5 games scoring 60 points or more in an NBA game. Wilt Chamberlain is first having done it 32 times.

A man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for shooting with intent to kill and robbery requested that his sentence was extended to 33 years, to match Larry Bird's NBA jersey number. The request was granted.

David Robinson, one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, graduated from the Naval Academy and was drafted into the NBA in 1987 but waited two years to enter so he could fulfill his service contract to the Navy.

Jeremy Lin's 89 points in his first three starts are the most by any NBA player since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976.

When the 7'7 Manute Bol was drafted into the NBA he could only bench 45 pounds, squat 55 pounds, and sported a 31" waist.

In 1987-88, the shortest man (Muggsy Bogues) to ever appear in the NBA played on the same team (Washington Bullets) as the tallest man (Manute Bol) to ever appear in the NBA.

Actor Chuck Connors,(The Rifleman) was one of only 12 athletes in the history of American professional sports to have played for both the NBA and MLB. He was also credited as the first pro basketball player to break a backboard.

After winning back-to-back MVP awards, NBA star Steve Nash spent the summer of 2008 working as an unpaid intern in Manhattan.

The NBA will no longer be testing for marijuana use in the off season.

Former NBA Player Junior Bridgeman is now worth nearly $400 Million despite being a bench player his entire career.

NBA player Kris Humphries was once a better swimmer than Michael Phelps.

Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, back, and neck and still played all 82 games of the 2000-2001 NBA Season.

According to a study done at Arizona State white males are 75% more likely to make it to the NBA if they come from a wealthy home.

Manute Bol, the tallest player in the history of the NBA was also the only player in the NBA to have killed a lion with a spear and to have paid 80 cows for his wife.

Seattle is home to the only NBA game to have been forfeited on account of rain.

Randy Foye has a rare condition called Situs Inversus, where a person's internal organs are mirror images of a normal body.

When Michael Jordan returned to the NBA in 2001, he donated his salary as a player to a relief effort for 9/11 victims.

The owners of a professional basketball team, Spirits of St. Louis that hasn’t played since 1976 still make several million dollars yearly.

Crime in Chicago drops 15% when the Bears are on NFL Monday Night Football; smaller drops occur during NBA and MLB games. All crime types are affected especially drugs. A 25% drop during Super Bowls is partially counterbalanced by increased crime before and after games.

Latrell Sprewell (famous for choking his coach) turned down a $21 million contract offer claiming it wasn't enough to feed his family. He never played again and went bankrupt.

The NBA player who scored the most points in the '80s wasn't Bird, Magic, Jordan or anyone with a shoe named after them. It was Alex English, who only led his team to the Conference Finals once and never played in the NBA finals.

A 2013 survey showed 91% of Chinese people in support of a nationwide ban on the trade in shark fins, largely as a result of campaigning by ex-NBA player Yao Ming.

Wilt Chamberlain, the former NBA superstar, went 14 seasons without ever fouling out of a game.

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

Tim Duncan loves Dungeons and Dragons so much that he wanted to be called Merlin when he joined the NBA.

The man who designed the NBA logo also invented the 1040-EZ tax form.

In 1999, Ron Artest applied for a part-time job at Circuit City during his rookie season with the Bulls just to get an employee discount there.

NBA ref Dick Bavetta has not missed an assigned game since 1975. 2600+ consecutive games worked.

Six-time NBA All-Star and 2003 Rookie of the Year Amare Stoudemire is Jewish and speaks Hebrew on the basketball court so that no one can understand him.

Baseball hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield is the only person to be drafted by four leagues for three different sports. He was drafted by MLB, the NFL, the ABA, and the NBA.

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