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Who has the longest wingspan in NBA history?

Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba has a 7'10" wingspan, but he's no Manute Bol.
Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba has a 7'10" wingspan, but he's no Manute Bol.

Unofficially, it is the late, great Manute Bol, who stood 7’7” tall and measured a reported 8’6” wingspan from fingertip-to-tip.

 

But since the NBA draft combine began recording wingspan stats in 2000, the longest is incoming Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba (pictured below), who is 7’¾” and has a 7’10” wingspan. To offer some perspective, we've included the wingspan of several other well-known NBA players.

 

Why isn’t Michael Jordan on the old NBA Jam arcade game?

His Airness is noticeably absent from cult favorite NBA Jam
Michael Jordan is noticeably absent from cult favorite NBA Jam

“Boom-Shaka-Laka!” The 25th anniversary of NBA Jam has brought about a renewed interest in the classic 1993 two-on-two basketball arcade game — and even a rumored comeback with modern players. Ever the marketing machine, Jordan opted out of the NBA Players Association’s licensing agreement in favor of a personal licensing deal. As a result, NBA Jam did not have the rights to include “His Airness.” But according to game creator Mark Turmell, there are several custom-made NBA Jam arcade machines owned by Hall of Famer Gary Payton that do include MJ.

Dominique Wilkins Talks Michael Jordan, Windmill Dunks and Cars

Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is the Human Highlight Film
Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is the Human Highlight Film

During a 15-year Hall of Fame NBA career, Dominique Wilkins was a nine-time All-Star, two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion and scoring champion. But maybe more than anything, he was a legendary dunker, earning the nickname “The Human Highlight Film.” We caught up with ‘Nique, 58, to talk dunks, cars and his rival, Michael Jordan.

 

Eat Like a Fan: Daina Falk's Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Skewers

Bacon and jalapeño take these grilled chicken skewers to the next level
Bacon and jalapeño take these grilled chicken skewers to the next level

As the author of The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook and founder of HungryFan.com, Daina Falk is an expert on “fangating” (aka “tailgating”). She also grew up hanging out with Michael Jordan, her sports-agent father David Falk’s most famous client. Then she became a “Cameron Crazy” as a student/fan at Duke University.

100 Funny Fantasy Basketball Team Names for 2016-17

These funny fantasy basketball team name ideas will make your league laugh.
These funny fantasy basketball team names will make your league laugh.

The NBA season is well underway, which means it’s time for fantasy basketball, both season-long and daily. Your “fantasy” team may not have as many good players as the “real” Golden State Warriors, but you can still come up with a championship-caliber fantasy basketball team name. Topical pop-culture humor and dirty debatable jokes work well, as do obscure basketball references from your favorite team.

 

NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern Talks Basketball and Sports Gambling

Stern discusses the future of sports gambling and his legacy as NBA Commissioner
David Stern discusses the future of sports gambling and his legacy as NBA Commissioner.

NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern was one of the outspoken voices in favor of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which effectively outlawed wagering on sporting events nationwide — with a few exceptions, most notably Las Vegas. But since stepping away from the NBA’s top office in 2014, Stern, 74, has changed his tune on sports betting.

 

Ranking Every USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team

Of the 17 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Teams, the 1992 Dream Team remains the gold standard.
Of the 17 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Teams, the 1992 Dream Team remains the gold standard.

The 2016 United States Olympic Men’s Basketball Team is expected to soar to the gold medal in Rio. Even without LeBron James, Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and a handful of other NBA All-Stars who declined an invite, Team USA is by far the best team in the tournament. But where does this Olympic team stack up with previous Team USA squads?

 

Here’s a rankings rundown of the 17 USA men’s basketball teams in Olympic history:

 

Ryen Russillo Goes After LeBron James Haters

While filling in for Keith Olbermann, Russillo does his best to irritate viewers.

Keith Olbermann is usually the one getting sports fans worked up at night, but with Ryen Russillo filling it, he more than gladly took on the role.

 

The radio host gave an almost six-minute speech about LeBron James and his greatness, and that the haters should stop hating. Russillo also continues to ruffle feathers by bringing in up Michael Jordan in comparison.

 

"There's zero gap between Jordan and James as players," Russillo said. "Talent-wise they're on the same level."

 

Michael Jordan Has Become a Good Owner for the Charlotte Hornets

MJ's No Longer a Front Office Embarrassment

Michael Jordan’s gotten his fair share of grief as an NBA owner. He hasn’t run his Charlotte squad all that well, and fans and the media have let him hear about it — a series of criticisms dating back to when he was an executive (and player!) with the Washington Wizards. The greatest to ever play the game has been a real stinker at drafting players, using top-ten picks on the likes of Adam Morrison, Raymond Felton, D.J. Augustin and Kwame Brown. And he hasn’t been able to use his clout and legend to pull free agents to North Carolina, either.

Ranking All 23 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champions

Ranking all 23 Slam Dunk Contest champions, starting with MJ and Dr. J.
<p> Best Slam Dunk Contest Championship of All-Time, including Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter, Spud Webb, Dwight Howard, Nate Robinson, Larry Nance, Josh Smith, Kobe Bryant, Kenny Walker, Jason Richardson, Dee Brown, Blake Griffin, Cedric Ceballos, Harold Miner, Isaiah Rider, Brent Barry, Gerald Green, Desmond Mason, Fred Jones and Jeremy Evans.</p>

The 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contests lifts off on Saturday, Feb. 15, in New Orleans. The Raptors' defending Slam Dunk Contest champion Terrence Ross, Pacers’ 360 windmill man Paul George, Wizards' John Wall, Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, Warriors' Harrison Barnes and Kings' Ben McLemore will follow in the flight paths of MJ, Dr. J and Dominique.

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