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7-foot-7 Manute Bol teamed up with 5-foot-7 Spud Webb on the Rhode Island Gulls of the United States Basketball League (USBL), a pro spring league, before both entered the NBA in 1985.  (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: The NBA’s Tallest and Shortest Together

7-foot-7 Manute Bol teamed up with 5-foot-7 Spud Webb on the Rhode Island Gulls of the United States Basketball League (USBL), a pro spring league, before both entered the NBA in 1985.  (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: The NBA’s Tallest and Shortest Together

Kenneth Faried signed a 5-year extension with the Denver Nuggets this week, so we’re using that as an excuse to share this amazing photo of him from the Dunk Contest in 2013. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)

More about his new contract

Kenneth Faried signed a 5-year extension with the Denver Nuggets this week, so we’re using that as an excuse to share this amazing photo of him from the Dunk Contest in 2013. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)More about his new contract

Manute Bol, a 7’7″ Dinka tribesman from the Sudan who was selected by the Washington Bullets 31st overall in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft, defends against the Boston Celtics in a game during his rookie season. (Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Manute Bol, a 7’7″ Dinka tribesman from the Sudan who was selected by the Washington Bullets 31st overall in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft, defends against the Boston Celtics in a game during his rookie season. (Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

When Larry Johnson donned a dress and wig for a memorable Converse ad campaign in the early ’90s, he morphed into Grandmama. How many 6-6, 250-pound grandmas do you know?  LJ turns 45 today.

GALLERY: NBA Nicknames

When Larry Johnson donned a dress and wig for a memorable Converse ad campaign in the early ’90s, he morphed into Grandmama. How many 6-6, 250-pound grandmas do you know?  LJ turns 45 today.
GALLERY: NBA Nicknames

A relaxed bunch of Knicks — (from left, around table) Walt Frazier, Phil Jackson, Dick Barnett, Jerry Lucas, Dean Meminger and captain Willis Reed — sit around a projector with Red Holzman at Madison Square Garden before the NBA Eastern division championship in 1973. The Knicks went on to win a championship that season. (Paul DeMaria/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Phil Jackson

A relaxed bunch of Knicks — (from left, around table) Walt Frazier, Phil Jackson, Dick Barnett, Jerry Lucas, Dean Meminger and captain Willis Reed — sit around a projector with Red Holzman at Madison Square Garden before the NBA Eastern division championship in 1973. The Knicks went on to win a championship that season. (Paul DeMaria/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Phil Jackson

Shaquille O’Neal of the Orlando Magic goes up for a shot against Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns during a game in 1994.  Shaq turns 42 today. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Shaq

Shaquille O’Neal of the Orlando Magic goes up for a shot against Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns during a game in 1994.  Shaq turns 42 today. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Shaq

As a result of a broken nose suffered during Miami’s road victory over Oklahoma City last week, LeBron James wore a black mask to “lessen the pain” as the Heat beat the Knicks 108-82 in Miami last night.  LeBron shot 13-for-19 from the field with 31 points. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

GALLERY: NBA Players in Face Masks

As a result of a broken nose suffered during Miami’s road victory over Oklahoma City last week, LeBron James wore a black mask to “lessen the pain” as the Heat beat the Knicks 108-82 in Miami last night.  LeBron shot 13-for-19 from the field with 31 points. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
GALLERY: NBA Players in Face Masks

Charles Barkley smiles with a rubber duckie while in a Jacuzzi in 1993.  Sir Charles turns 51 today. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley smiles with a rubber duckie while in a Jacuzzi in 1993.  Sir Charles turns 51 today. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Charles Barkley

Jerry West speaks at a 1981 press conference as Pat Riley and Jerry Buss look on. The Lakers won 10 championships under the ownership of Buss, who passed away one year ago today at the age of 80. (Manny Millan/SI)

Jerry West speaks at a 1981 press conference as Pat Riley and Jerry Buss look on. The Lakers  won 10 championships under the ownership of Buss, who passed away one year ago today at the age of 80. (Manny Millan/SI)

Michael Jordan leaps from the free-throw line for a perfect-score dunk in the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.  MJ turned 51 today. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: SI’s 100 Best Michael Jordan Photos

Michael Jordan leaps from the free-throw line for a perfect-score dunk in the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.  MJ turned 51 today. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: SI’s 100 Best Michael Jordan Photos

Boston Celtics center Bill Russell shoots over the reach of Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain during a game in 1960 at Convention Hall in Philadelphia.  Hall of Famer Bill Russell, a five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and winner of 11 NBA Championships, turns 80 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Bill Russell

Boston Celtics center Bill Russell shoots over the reach of Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain during a game in 1960 at Convention Hall in Philadelphia.  Hall of Famer Bill Russell, a five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and winner of 11 NBA Championships, turns 80 today. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Bill Russell

Michael Jordan hits a fallaway jump shot to pass Wilt Chamberlain for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring as the Washington Wizards played the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 22, 2003.  The basket, which gave Jordan 14 points with a minute left in first half, put Jordan’s career scoring at 31,420 points in his 1,032nd regular season game. (Andrew J. Cohoon/AP)

GALLERY: NBA’s All-Time Scoring Leaders

Michael Jordan hits a fallaway jump shot to pass Wilt Chamberlain for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring as the Washington Wizards played the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 22, 2003.  The basket, which gave Jordan 14 points with a minute left in first half, put Jordan’s career scoring at 31,420 points in his 1,032nd regular season game. (Andrew J. Cohoon/AP)
GALLERY: NBA’s All-Time Scoring Leaders

Sir Paul McCartney cheers while watching the Brooklyn Nets play the Philadelphia 76ers at the Barclays Center on Dec. 16, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. During the game, McCartney proved no matter how rich and famous you are, nothing beats the prospect of catching a free T-shirt.  (Reid Kelley/NBAE via Getty Images)

GALLERY: Celebrities at NBA Games

Sir Paul McCartney cheers while watching the Brooklyn Nets play the Philadelphia 76ers at the Barclays Center on Dec. 16, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. During the game, McCartney proved no matter how rich and famous you are, nothing beats the prospect of catching a free T-shirt.  (Reid Kelley/NBAE via Getty Images)
GALLERY: Celebrities at NBA Games

Boston Celtics coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach poses with “Batman” villains  the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Cat Woman (Lee Meriwether), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and the Joker (Cesar Romero) prior to Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles on April 26, 1966.  The Lakers would win the game but lose the series two days later in Boston, giving Auerbach his 9th NBA Championship and making him a bigger villain in Los Angeles than any “Batman” character. (AP)

Boston Celtics coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach poses with “Batman” villains  the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Cat Woman (Lee Meriwether), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and the Joker (Cesar Romero) prior to Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles on April 26, 1966.  The Lakers would win the game but lose the series two days later in Boston, giving Auerbach his 9th NBA Championship and making him a bigger villain in Los Angeles than any “Batman” character. (AP)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, played a version of himself in “Airplane!” pretending to simply be pilot Roger Murdock. When called out by a young passenger for actually being the Lakers star and accused of only playing hard in the playoffs, Kareem finally breaks his Murdock character, telling the boy to “tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.” (AP)

GALLERY: The NBA Goes Hollywood

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, played a version of himself in “Airplane!” pretending to simply be pilot Roger Murdock. When called out by a young passenger for actually being the Lakers star and accused of only playing hard in the playoffs, Kareem finally breaks his Murdock character, telling the boy to “tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.” (AP)
GALLERY: The NBA Goes Hollywood