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Latrell Sprewell

  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 195lbs
  • Date of birth: September 8, 1970
  • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • High School: Washington High School
  • College: University of Alabama
  • Debut: 1992
  • Final Game: 2005
  • Position: Guard
Latrell Sprewell had a long, stormy career in the NBA. Although he was an athletic, versatile player who could shoot, rebound and defend, his most flagrant foul was choking his coach P.J. Carlesimo during a Golden State Warriors practice in 1997. This violent eruption got him suspended for the rest of the season and forever overshadowed his gifts as a player.

Drafted in the first round by the Warriors in 1992, “Spree" made an immediate impact, earning a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team in 1994, 1995 and 1997. However, on December 1, 1997, during a practice Sprewell took exception to Carlesimo's admonition to “put a little mustard" on his passes and after words were exchanged, Sprewell started choking his coach. Then, after being pulled off Carlesimo, Sprewell returned and tried to attack him again. Amid a public uproar, the Warriors voided the remainder of his $23.7 million, three-year contract, and the NBA expelled him from the league.
After Sprewell took the case to arbitration and had the contract voided and the suspension reduced to the rest of the season.

Surprisingly, the New York Knicks traded for Sprewell in 1999, and as he led the eighth-seeded Knicks to the NBA Finals (the first such team to achieve that), he became one of their most popular players. Even more shockingly, over a five-year span Sprewell's jersey was one of the top ten best-selling in the NBA. Sprewell maintained his high level of play and set a career high when he notched 49 points in a 2002 game against the Boston Celtics.

After the 2003 season, the Knicks traded Sprewell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Spree combined with Kevin Garnett to lead the Wolves to the Western Conference finals. Before the 2004 season, Sprewell turned down a three-year, $21 million contract offer from Minnesota as “insulting," and infamously whined, “I have a family to feed." He and his agent held out for better offers and, although several teams expressed interest in Sprewell over the next two years, he has rejected all suitors and remains retired.

Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
  • Three-time NBA All-Star
  • NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team
  • NBA All-Defense 2nd Team: 1993-94
  • All-NBA Team: 1993-94
  • Totaled 16,712 career points
  • Ranked fifth in points per game with 24.2 in 1996-97
  • Career averages: 18.8 points, 4.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game

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