Posts Tagged ‘Basketball Player’
Name: Gilbert Arenas
Born As: Gilbert Jay Arenas, Jr.
Birth date/place: January 6, 1982 in Tampa, FL
Arenas began his basketball career with the Golden State Warriors and currently plays as a guard for the Washington Wizards. In 2003, after his second season with the Warriors Arenas became the most sought-after free agent in the NBA. His decision to sign with the Wizards was made by the flip of a coin. His options at the time included the Wizards, Warriors and the LA Clippers. Having a reputation as being eccentric, Arenas has been a three time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA.
Name: Alonzo Mourning
Born As: Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr.
Birth date/place: February 8, 1970 in Chesapeake, VA
Claim to Fame: Professional Basketball Player
Mourning began his professional basketball career in 1993 with the Charlotte Hornets where he played center position until 1995. In 1995 he joined Miami Heat and played with that team until 2002. In 2003 Mourning played one season with the New Jersey Nets, returning to the Miami Heat in 2005. Mourning announced his NBA retirement in January of 2009. In February of that year the Miami Heat announced they would be retiring Mourning’s jersey number 33. He is the only member of the Heat to have his jersey retired.
In 1997, the Alonzo Mourning Charities, Inc. was established. The charity aids in the development of children and families living in at-risk situations. In 2007, Mourning, along with many other famous athletes founded “Athletes for Hope” which encouraged professional athletes and non-athletes to become involved in charitable causes in their community.
Name: Allen Iverson
Born As: Allen Ezail Iverson
Birth date/place: June 7, 1975 in Hampton VA
Currently a point guard/shooting guard for the Detroit Pistons, Iverson began his basketball career with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. He then played for the Denver Nuggets from 2006 to 2008. His many awards include: NCAA Big East Rookie Of The Year in 1995, NBA MVP in 2001, and a ten time NBA All-Star. Iverson played on the 2004 Olympic Men’s Basketball team where the team won the Bronze Medal.
Name: Carmelo Anthony
Born As: Carmelo Kiyan Anthony
Birth date/place: May 29, 2984 in Brooklyn, NY
Anthony, whose position is a small forward for the NBA Denver Nuggets, beginning his career with the team in 2003. Participating In the 2004 Got Milk? Rookie Challenge, Anthony scored 17 points, took 3 rebounds and made 5 assists in 40 minutes of playing. That same year, he went on to score 41 points against the Seattle SuperSonics, setting a new Nuggets achievement for most points scored by a rookie. In a game against the Miami Heat in the 2004-05 season Anthony became the third-youngest player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career points. He played on the 2008 U. S. Summer Olympic along with other notable players such as Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant driving the team to gold medal victory. When not playing for the Nuggets, Anthony gives his time and money to charitable causes in Denver and Baltimore. He is a spokesman for the Family Resource Center in Denver and opened the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center in Baltimore in 2006. Anthony has made appearances of many television sports related talk shows and was an executive producer in the documentary titled: Tyson.
Name: Lebron James
Born As: Lebron James
Birth date/place: December 30, 1984 in Akron, OH
James, while attending St. Vincent-St. Mary High School won Ohio Mr. Basketball awards in 2001, 2002, 2003. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 at the age of 18. In his six years as a pro basketball player James has 5 personal awards and three team awards. He was chosen to play on the NBA All-Star games five years in a row (2005-2009) James named NBA All-Star Game MVP in 2006 and 2008. James also played on the U. S. Olympic Basketball Team in 2008 in Beijing helping the team win the gold medal.
James has appeared in several television sports talk show and sports documentaries. In 2008, he was an executive producer in a documentary titled More Than a Game. The program follows James and four of his African-American teammates, all from slightly different backgrounds, who played for the elite, mostly white St. Vincent-St. Mary. All of the boys played together with the same coach since they were in grade school, developing a strong bond. Only James went on to become an NBA superstar.
Name: Michael Jordan
Born As: Michael Jeffry Jordan
Birth date/place: February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, NY
Claim to Fame: Voted greatest athlete of the twentieth century in 1999 by ESPN
Bio: Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls after an outstanding basketball career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He won his first NBA championship with the Bulls in 1991 and then again in 1992 and 1993. Jordan left the Bulls in 1993 to pursue a career in baseball, stating he had lost the desire to play basketball. He signed a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox (owned by Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf) He briefly played for the Birmingham Barons, (a Sox farm team) and the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League in 1994. Jordan returned to the bulls in 1995 and, for a second time, helped the Bulls to win NBA championships three years in a row, in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After retiring for the second time in 1999, Jordan returned to the NBA as part owner of the Washington Wizards, but announced his return as a player with the Wizards in 2001. In addition to his long and brilliant basketball career and his brief baseball career, Jordan played on two Olympic basketball teams, winning the gold medal in 1984 and 1992. Jordan’s final season was 2002-02. He received a four minute standing ovation in his final game in the United Center in Chicago, his old home court. Magic Johnson is quoted as saying, “There’s Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us”.
Name: Shaquille O’Neal
Born As: Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal
Birth date/place: March 6, 1972 in Newark, NJ
Claim to Fame: As one of the most dominant athletes in NBA history and one of the most
quotable and outgoing athletes of all time.
Bio:O’Neal started his climb to basketball greatness in Linton Middle School setting a school record of 791 rebounds during the 1989 season. He played for the LSU Tigers and graduated with an MBA, making him the only NBA player to do so. During his professional career, O’Neal has played for four NBA teams: Orlando Magic, Lakers, Miami Heat, and, currently, the Phoenix Suns. He is one of the NBA’s few players to ever reach the Finals with three different teams. He has received many NBA awards, among them: 1992-93 NBA Rookie of the Year, 3-time NBA finals MVP, and 15-time All-Star. O’Neal is well liked by the media for his light heartedness and articulate manner. “The Big Aristotle and Hobo Master” is a name that was self-given, because of his composure and insights during media interviews.
Not just a talented athlete, O’Neal has pursued careers in acting, producing, directing and music. He is well-known and well-liked throughout the world.
Name: Kobe Bryant
Birthdate/place: August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, PA
Claim To Fame: NBA All Star 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002
Kobe Bryant Bio: Bryant’s parents named him after a type of steak (Kobe) seen on a restaurant menu prior to his birth.
Bryant is an American All-Star shooting guard who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Bryant didn’t get drafted from college, he began playing for the Lakers right out of high school. He and his then-teammate Shaquille O’Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. After O’Neal’s departure following the 2003–04 season, Bryant became the foundation of the Lakers franchise. He was the lead NBA scorer the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. In 2006, Bryant scored a career high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second highest number of points scored in a single game in NBA history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point performance. In the 2007–08 NBA season, Bryant was awarded the regular season’s Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) and led his team to the 2008 NBA Finals.