The Letter "G"...GET Excited! (I'm pumped...you should be too!)
GOING GLOBAL: (first player from country listed to play in the NBA, the year they started and what NBA team it was for)
(you post up good ol' Rik Smits of the Indiana Pacers! Smits from the Netherlands...first Netherlands player though was Hank Beenders in 1946-47...he played for Providence Steamrollers...Smits born in 1966.)
(clearly also played for the Magic...oh long names on jersey...you make me smile...blog on that later for sure... UK actually had some good names on their jerseys...stay tuned for that one later)
(pretty good player...averages don't show it though...4.8 points per game, 3.9 boards and just under one block)
(simply phenomenal player...and with those knee pads...you know he meant business!)
(seriously...like huge guy...however...earlier Yao Ming statement was totally a joke...only had 70 total points during two seasons in NBA...Then assigned to NBA Development League with the Fort Worth Flyers. During the 2005-06 season while in the D-League he played five games...no impact. Fellow Blazer centers Theo Ratliff and Joel Przybilla were unable to play due to injury, Haa started four games for Blazers again, averaging 11 minutes of playing time.
Traded to Bucks in July of 2006...but waived prior to start of season. Anaheim Arsenal picked him up (back to the D-League!)...Haa is currently playing professional basketball in South Korea and is a member of the team KCC Jeonju...winners of the 2009 and 2011 Korean Basketball League (KBL) championship...and you now know more about Haa then many NBA scouts!)
(At 7'7"...Bol stood above many in life...but it was his heart and soul that keeps him in the hearts of all who were privileged to see him play...Bol spent much of the money he made in the NBA back in his home country and often helped in refugee camps...only player to have blocked more shots than points scored...2,086 shots blocked and 1,599 points scored)
(totally getting ready to shake himself here!)
Later tonight...I shall post an unprecedented second tribute to the letter G! All baseball related...make sure to take a look later!