Why do NBA players mislead height?

The height of players in the American Professional Basketball League (NBA) has been a big mystery to fans when they often misrepresented, such as star Kevin Durant.

The NBA is the world’s tallest sports league. Therefore, the height of NBA players has always been an attractive topic for sports fans on the planet. In the past, the league used to be quite easy to measure the height of a player.

Many players misrepresent their height for different purposes. While some teams allow players to wear shoes while measuring height. “If they tell you your real height, they will kill you,” witty NBA president David Stern said in 2003.

In September 2019, the NBA added a law that requires teams to check a player’s height without wearing shoes. This rule makes the true height of many players brought to light.

The true height of many NBA stars has remained a major mystery for many years.
The true height of many NBA stars has remained a major mystery for many years.

Claim the height in the NBA to play your favorite position

In June 2016, Kevin Durant’s height became a hot topic among fans. A picture taken with teammates in the US basketball team shows that Durant is higher than DeMarcus Cousins.

Durant is now listed as 2.05 m tall but is slightly taller than Cousins ​​(2.11 m) when standing next to him. Cousins ​​once half-jokingly told Sporting News about the picture taken with Durant: “I said he stopped right away, I thought people were starting to think I could be shorter.”

In fact Durant lied about his height for years. “When talking to women, I said I was 2.13 m tall. However, in basketball circles, I was only 2.06 m high.”

The Brooklyn Nets star also said that he made a height to play in his preferred position. “I always felt it was great to say I was a 2.06 m tall vanguard (SF). It was actually the standard height for the vanguard position. Anything higher than that, they would think about let me play as a frontrunner (PF), “Durant said.

Durant’s true height is finally brought to light. In October 2019, the NBA received a list of players heights from teams. Durant is listed at 2.08 m high.

Kevin Durant (No. 5) is slightly taller than DeMarcus Cousins ​​(No. 12) when standing next to him.
Kevin Durant (No. 5) is slightly taller than DeMarcus Cousins ​​(No. 12) when standing next to him.

Not only Durant, but many NBA players also have true height. Typically the giant Boban Marjanovic (2.20 m at the time), who was discovered 3 cm taller than the original. While Kristaps Porzingis (2.18 m at the time) was also taller than 2 cm.

Obsession “a 2.13 m tall man”

Most players often overstep the height to hide the disadvantage of bodybuilding with colleagues when playing in the NBA. Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose, J.J. Barea, and Isaiah Thomas both lost 5 cm in height after the NBA conducted a comprehensive test of the tournament.

Having tall height is the desire of many people, but for some NBA stars it is an obsession.
Having tall height is the desire of many people, but for some NBA stars it is an obsession.

The late Flip Saunders revealed that he often calls Kevin Garnett a guy 6 feet tall. Garnett is afraid of being considered a striker because he is 7 feet (2.13 m) tall.

That’s why Garnett is listed at 6 feet 11 (2.11 m), though taller than that. It was reported that Garnett was afraid to play as a striker, so he never gave him his real height.

Older generation stars are more open when sharing why they don’t want to be labeled a 7-foot-tall man. Most of the answers given are that they do not want to receive more attention and attention from their opponents on the pitch.

Former player Bill Walton has never admitted to being taller than 7 feet tall, though he is slightly taller than Hakeem Olajuwon (2.13 m) when standing next to him. Until now Walton still insists on a height of 2.11 m.

Basketball monster Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the few NBA players who feel comfortable being listed as 7 feet tall (2.13 m). Antetokounmpo always wanted to be taller despite being 2.11 m tall. “Honestly, I want to be taller,” Antetokounmpo said.