The Blessing and Curse of Being 7 Feet Tall: NBA Rookie Shares Struggles

Reach a height of 2.13 meters, the mythical 7 feet, is usually a blessing when you play basketball, but in everyday life they can cause more problems than benefits. It’s what counts Dereck Lively II, Mavericks rookie centerwho left a surprising confession: “I would prefer to be 1.34. Measuring 2.16 feet is painful. It has its advantages, but the disadvantages are there. It is annoying and impractical”.

The 19-year-old player, in a conversation on ‘The Tidal League’, explained the difficulties he encounters in his daily life. “I can never hide, I can never do anything skillful, No clothes fit me, I don’t fit in a car, I don’t fit in a normal seat on a plane. and, if I don’t pay attention and duck in the doors, I’ll hit my forehead all the time. “I have showers that reach my chest and I have to bend down to wash my hair.”he said.

Lively is one of the future centers in the NBA. The Mavericks have found in the rookie a player capable of imposing himself in the paint, a piece that they have lacked in recent seasons. He is averaging 8.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. Furthermore, Dallas’ balance while he has remained on the track it is +46.

Back injury

Another problem that taller players may face are physical problems, as they are more prone to them. Lively had to leave the game against the Lakers due to a lower back contusion after suffering a fall while attempting an alley-oop. He had to be helped off the court and could not put any weight on his left leg.

There are serious doubts about the possibility of having a normal life being also an adult of 1.34 meters, as the center says. What is certain is that he would not be an NBA player.

2023-11-24 12:39:56
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