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Encyclopedia > Latrell Sprewell
Latrell Sprewell
Position Guard/Forward
Nickname Spree
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Nationality USA
Born September 8, 1970 (1970-09-08) (age 36)
Flag of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
College University of Alabama
Draft 24th overall, 1992
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1992–2005
Former teams Golden State Warriors 1992–97
New York Knicks 1999–2003
Minnesota Timberwolves 2003–05

Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former American professional basketball player who last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2004-05 NBA season. A 6'5" guard/forward who built his career around his athleticism, versatility, and combative manners. The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wisconsin. ... Nickname: Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: , County Milwaukee Government  - Mayor Tom Barrett (D) Area  - City  97 sq mi (251. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. ... 1992 NBA Draft - 24 June 1992, Portland, Oregon Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Nickname: Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: , County Milwaukee Government  - Mayor Tom Barrett (D) Area  - City  97 sq mi (251. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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NBA career

After attending Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sprewell played competitively with the Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri from 1988–1990, and from 1990–1992 with the University of Alabama, where he was a teammate of current NBA player Robert Horry. Washington High School is a magnet high school located in the Sherman Park neighborhood on the North Side of Milwaukee. ... Nickname: Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: , County Milwaukee Government  - Mayor Tom Barrett (D) Area  - City  97 sq mi (251. ... Three Rivers Community College is the name of two community colleges in the United States: Three Rivers Community College, in Norwich, Connecticut Three Rivers Community College, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri Categories: | ... Poplar Bluff is a city in Butler County, Missouri, United States. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. ...


He was selected 24th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. Sprewell, nicknamed "Spree", made an immediate impact, starting 69 of the 77 games he played in during his rookie season and averaging 15.4 points per game. His performance would improve over the next few years, leading the team in scoring and playing for the Western Conference All-Star team in 1994, 1995, and 1997. 1992 NBA Draft - 24 June 1992, Portland, Oregon Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ...


Over the course of his career, Sprewell has started 868 of 913 games he has played in, averaging 18.8 ppg, 4.2 apg and 4.1 rpg with playoff career averages of 19.7 ppg, 3.4 apg and 4.3 rpg. Sprewell was named to the All-NBA First Team at the end of his sophomore season, and to the All-NBA Defensive second team that same year. Sprewell was the last Golden State Warrior to be on an NBA All-Star team.


1997 choking incident

Though a four-time All-Star, Sprewell's career has been permanently overshadowed by an incident on December 1, 1997, in which he attacked head coach P. J. Carlesimo during a Warriors practice. When Carlesimo yelled at Sprewell to make crisper passes (specifically asking him to "put a little mustard" on a pass[1]), Sprewell responded that he was not in the mood for criticism and told the coach to keep his distance. When Carlesimo approached, Sprewell threatened to kill him and dragged him to the ground by his throat, choking him for 10-15 seconds before his teammates pulled Sprewell off his coach. Sprewell returned about 20 minutes later and landed a glancing blow at Carlesimo before being dragged away again. is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Peter J. (P. J.) Carlesimo (born May 30, 1949 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is a college and professional basketball coach, and son of Peter A. Carlesimo who was the longtime coach and athletic director at the University of Scranton and Fordham University. ...


Aftermath

Sprewell was suspended for 10 days without pay. The next day, in the wake of a public uproar, the Warriors voided the remainder of his contract, which included $23.7 million over three years, and the NBA expelled him from the league. Sprewell took the case to arbitration, and, as a result, the contract voiding was overturned and the league suspension was reduced to the remainder of the season. Sprewell did not play again until January 1999, after the Warriors traded him to the New York Knicks for John Starks, Chris Mills and Terry Cummings. “NBA” redirects here. ... Arbitration is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts, wherein the parties to a dispute refer it to one or more persons (the arbitrators or arbitral tribunal), by whose decision (the award) they agree to be bound. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American former basketball player who gained fame while playing at shooting guard for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association in the 1990s. ... Christopher Lemonte Mills (born on January 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... Robert Terrell (Terry) Cummings was a 69 power forward who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons. ...


Many pundits felt that signing the volatile Sprewell was too big a gamble for the Knicks to take, but Sprewell himself vowed that he was a changed man. As soon as Sprewell arrived in the Big Apple, he won the hearts of New York fans with his trademark intensity, quickly becoming one of the most popular players on the Knicks. New York narrowly qualified for the 1999 playoffs, making the field as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. New York shocked the NBA as they navigated past the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, and finally the Indiana Pacers en route to becoming the first eighth seeded team to make it to the NBA Finals, where they met the San Antonio Spurs. They eventually succumbed to the Spurs in 5 games, though Sprewell enjoyed a good series for the most part, averaging 26.0 ppg. He tallied 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Knicks' 78-77 Game 5 loss. Nevertheless, he had become so popular after his successful rebound that season that he was featured on the cover of the September 1999 issue of SLAM Magazine. The Big Apple is a nickname or alternate toponym for New York City used by New Yorkers. ... The 1999 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999 season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The first issue of SLAM, featuring cover athlete Larry Johnson. ...


2003–present

Over the next few years, Sprewell's popularity and appeal went global and his jersey became one of the top 10 selling NBA jerseys until 2004. Sprewell and teammate Allan Houston represented the Knicks during the 2001 All-Star Game in Washington D.C., where the East defeated the West in a remarkable late-game surge. After 10 years of service, he was still piling up the points, averaging 19.5 ppg and setting his own career high in the 2002 season, when he notched 49 points against the Boston Celtics. That season, Sprewell scored 40-plus points on three occasions. Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is an American former professional basketball player who spent the majority of his career playing shooting guard for the National Basketball Associations New York Knicks. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


In 2003, Sprewell made NBA history as he connected 9 of 9 from the three-point arc, making the most three pointers without a single miss en route to a season-high 38 points versus the Los Angeles Clippers (this has since been tied by Chicago Bulls' Ben Gordon). After the season, Sprewell was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a four-team trade involving Keith Van Horn, Glenn Robinson, and Terrell Brandon. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Benjamin (Ben) Gordon (born April 4, 1983 in London, England, UK)[1] is an American National Basketball Association player for the Chicago Bulls. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the American football player, see Keith Van Horne. ... Glenn Big Dog Robinson (born January 10, 1973 in Gary, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently not on any team and inactive. ... Thomas Terrell Brandon (born May 20, 1970, in Portland, Oregon) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. He attended the University of Oregon and was selected 11th overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. ...


During that regular season, Sprewell became part of the league's highest-scoring trio, alongside Kevin Garnett and point guard Sam Cassell. Sprewell helped the team earn the first seed in the Western Conference playoffs, but Minnesota's franchise-record playoff run drew to an end when they were defeated by the Lakers in 6 games in the Western Conference Finals. Sprewell finished second in team scoring, pacing at 19.9 ppg behind Garnett's 24.0 ppg. Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976)) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Samuel (Sam) James Cassell (born November 18, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers. ...


On October 31, 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves offered Sprewell a 3 year, $21 million contract extension, substantially less than what his then-current contract paid him. Insulted, he publicly vented his outrage, declaring, "I have a family to feed." He declined the extension, and, having once more drawn the ire of fans and sports media, had the worst season of his career in the final year of his contract. is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


One month into the 2005-06 season and without a contract, Sprewell's agent, Bob Gist, said his client would rather retire than play for the NBA minimum salary, telling Sports Illustrated, "Latrell doesn't need the money that badly. To go from being offered $7 million to taking $1 million, that would be a slap in the face." Several days later, Gist said that Sprewell planned to wait until "teams get desperate" around the trade deadline in February, and then sign with a contending team (an eventuality that never materialized). At any rate, Gist said that Sprewell would not be interested in signing for any team's $5 million mid-level exception, calling that amount "a level beneath which [Sprewell] would not stoop or kneel!" The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Trading can refer to: Trade the voluntary exchange of goods, services, or both, also called commerce The action performed by traders in the financial markets Category: ... The NBA Salary Cap is the limit to the total amount of money that NBA teams are allowed to pay their players. ...


In March 2006, Sprewell was offered contracts by the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, both of whom were considered at the time to be strong favorites to win the NBA Championship; however, when contacted by these teams, Sprewell failed to respond with an answer to whether or not he would sign with them. As a result, the Mavericks and Spurs were no longer pursuing him, and he remained a free agent as the season came to a close. There was also some interest in Sprewell by the Los Angeles Lakers at the beginning of the 2005-2006 season, but a disagreement in the contract offer resulted in a failure to reach a deal. As of 2007, it is not known whether or not Sprewell will ever play another NBA game. The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


Currently, he and his brother own the company Sprewell Racing, a part of Sprewell Motorsports, a San Gabriel, California-based company that provides custom body market and aftermarket performance parts. Sprewell is himself an avid automotive enthusiast.


External links

  • Latrell Sprewell at ESPN.com
  • Sprewell Bio at NBA.com
  • #1 Hoops Feud of All Time
  • Latrell Sprewell: The American Dream

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References

  1. ^ [1], July 3, 2007 CBSSportsline.com

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Sprewell was suspended by the NBA for one year (the longest suspension in NBA history) for a December 1, 1997 incident in which the player attacked Carlesimo during practice.
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Sprewell has suffered and continues to suffer damages, including, but not limited to, loss of income for the 1997/1998 season which is $6.4 million in salary, and loss of an endorsement contract with Converse valued at $500,000 to $700,000 annually, and other damages to be proved at trial.
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