August 17, 2012 2:45 AM Subscribe
posted by the man of twists and turns (121 comments total)
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'By most accounts, Bill Walton stands well over seven feet tall. But during his NBA career, Walton always insisted that he was 6'11" because he didn't want to be considered a freak. When I read that fun fact in David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game, it hit a chord. I've been doing the exact same thing as Walton for my entire adult life. I'm not as tall as Walton. I'm not even one of the less-than-70 seven-footers in my age bracket in the U.S. But I'm close. Another quarter-inch, and I'd pass the seven-foot barrier. But anytime anyone asks my height, I say that I'm 6'11". I don't mention the extra three quarters of an inch. People don't need to know about that.
In any case, I'm still pretty fucking tall. And being pretty fucking tall is a weird thing to wrap your head around.'
The Grantland article mentioned: The Roy Hibbert Project
: 'How the Indiana Pacers' All-Star center avoided becoming a stiff'
The routine was rote and methodical, designed to maintain Hibbert's greatest gift, his large body, while fine-tuning skills that he long struggled to develop. Hibbert has earned his place among the league's best bigs, but he's only done so by overcoming an almost complete lack of natural athleticism and strength. Quite simply, Hibbert is good because he is tall — and because, unlike so many other 7-foot-plus "projects" who populate D-League rosters and NBA benches, Hibbert decided to do whatever it took to become something more than a stiff who never developed.
Paul Wight is known as The Big Show
, and you can see how his size affects his wrestling in this compilation of other wrestlers lifting him