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Feigned ignorance isn't bliss, but it can sustain a big man's sanity on trips such as this one to Las Vegas. Better judgment prevails, however. Add Writers. Before the flash of a coconspirator's iPhone camera goes off, Eaton swivels his head. All you have to do is ask.
Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. The Dunking Dutchman, as Rik Smits was known over 12 seasons as an NBA center, was less than a year into retirement, in 2001, when he took his motor home down to Hohenwald, Tenn. Every stranger Eaton encountered at the mall and at the supermarket continued to ask whether he played basketball.
Upon graduation he had fled to the Arizona Automotive Institute in Phoenix, only returning to Southern California to pursue a career as an auto mechanic. When foot problems put an end to his NBA career the redheaded giant simply hit reset and plunged into a new game.
If you're 6'5", locating clothes can be a trial. The relative life expectancy of a 7-footer is foggy, but scientists do know that a human being's medically optimal height is considerably closer to 6'1" than it is to 7'1". After Eaton came Mutombo, so visually unsettling as a teen that townspeople in the Congolese villages that he passed through would run away upon seeing him, swearing that he was a phantom.
For further information, please contact customer service at 1-888-806-4833 or write to Sports Illustrated Customer Service Attention: Mutombo, whose foundation is devoted to building hospitals in Africa, took the newly created job of NBA global ambassador upon retirement in '09, sending him off on an international round of functions and meet-and-greets.
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For a 7-footer, so few of whom come naturally to the game to begin with, this notion has always sounded enticing. His past, however, is seldom far away. Once it was not uncommon for teenagers to rule the majors.
He would be dragged to the hoop by his oldest brother, Ilo, during his senior year at Kinshasa's Institute Boboto. More frustrating—not to mention dangerous—are doorways, which have long been standardized at 6'8", along with ceiling fans, exit signs and steel emergency sprinklers, lying in wait like caltrops.