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10 Surprising NBA Facts That You Never Knew

NBA Facts

1. One Player Has 14 Kids

Former NBA star Calvin Murphy has 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women.

2. Ron Artest Applying For A Job At Circuit City

When Ron Artest was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1999, he decided to apply for a job at Circuit City to make some extra cash alongside being a professional basketball player.

3. The Tallest Man to Every Play in the NBA

Some do say that Manute Bol was only 7’6” and that the tallest man to ever play in the NBA was Gheorghe Muresan, a Romanian who was 7’7” and who is famous for starring alongside Billy Crystal in the film “My Giant.”

4. Original NBA Teams

There are only two teams from the original NBA that exist today: the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Every other team has either moved or folded.

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5. Shot Clock

The NBA did not have a shot clock until 1954. Whereas the lowest scoring game up until that point had a total of 37 points, the lowest scoring game after the addition of the shot clock was in 1955 when the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Heat 62-57 for a combined total of 119 points.

6.The Minimum Wage

Larry Owens with the Washington Wizards was paid almost minimum wage. For an entire season, he only made $21,049!

7. Pacers vs. Pistons 2004

Known as the most infamous brawl in NBA history, the Pacers-Pistons altercation (also known as “Malice in the Palace”) on November 19, 2004, was a massive fight that involved both players and spectators. The NBA suspended 9 players, for a total of $11 million in lost salaries. Five fans also received criminal charges and were banned from Piston home games for life.

8. Basketball with a soccer ball

In 1894 Dr. Naismith -- the inventor of the game -- asked A.G. Spalding & Bros. to develop the first basketball. Before that, the sport of basketball was played with a... soccer ball.

9. Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings retired the number 6 to honor their basketball fans, “the Sixth Man".

10. The Highest Scoring Game

The highest-scoring game in NBA history occurred on December 13, 1983, when the Detroit Pistons defeated the Denver Nuggets 186–184 in triple overtime.