Here are 15 interesting facts about NBA.

1. The average annual salary of a professional NBA cheerleader is USD 56,000

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

3. Air Jordan’s were banned upon introduction by the NBA. However, Jordan continued to wear them anyways, as Nike was willing to pay the fine each game.

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

5. Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 pc of former NBA players are financially broke.

6. 7-foot tall American males have a 17 pc chance of playing in the NBA.

7. When Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to earn USD 100,000 in salary in 1965, his longtime rival Bill Russell demanded that his own salary be raised to USD 100,001. His salary was immediately raised.

8.  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.

9. All NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL teams have contingency plans in place in case numerous players are killed or severely injured in an accident.

10.  Kobe Bryant’s parents had to cosign his first NBA contract because he was only 17 when he was drafted.

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

12. Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times and still played all 82 games of the 2000-2001 season.

13. Only two teams in the original NBA teams still exist today. That would be the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Every other original team has either moved or folded since the league started up.

14. Air Jordan is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time. So it might come as a shock that he wasn’t the first overall pick in the 1984 draft. That went to Hakeen Olajuwon.

15. You don’t need to be tall to be a first-round pick. Muggsy Bogues is the smallest NBA player in history, standing tall at 5’3”.

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