When he was 26, Pete Maravich said “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at age 40” in an interview. He went on to play 10 years in the NBA, and died of a heart attack at age 40.
In the 1977 NBA draft, Bruce Jenner was selected 139th overall by the Kansas City Kings, despite not having actually played basketball since high school.
When a 7ft NBA player named Reggie Harding attempted to rob a Detroit gas station with a mask, the attendant said “I know it’s you, Reggie.”, to which he replied “No, man, it ain’t me”
In the 1986 NBA draft, Len Bias, the #2 pick by the Boston Celtics died of cocaine overdose 2 days after his draft night. He is considered by some sportswriters to be one of the greatest players not to play at the professional level.
Air Jordan‘s were banned upon introduction by the NBA. However, Jordan wore them anyways, as Nike was willing to pay the fine each game.
60 % of former NBA players and 78% of NFL athletes go bankrupt within a few years of retirement.