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For a kid growing up in the bright lights of Los Angeles, it is now easy to see that Craig’s dreams and aspirations had a trajectory in the clouds of a professional NBA player. On June 28, 2006 the former Boston College forward saw his dreams become a reality after being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Smith was drafted with the 6th pick of the 2nd round, 36th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft. The consensus All-American’s slip to the second round was attributed to his size. Scouts seemingly saw his lack of size as a detriment for Wholesale Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys a NBA power forward, labeling him as a “tweener” between the 3 and 4 positions. Aran Smith of NBAdraft.net explained, “Will have trouble finding a true position… Will struggle trying to guard taller 4’s as well as quicker 3’s”

Although this was cause for concern by accounts of NBA scouts, the positives were more than encouraging for Smith. “A dominant college post player who has consistently put up numbers against top competition … Well developed post game … With his power he is almost unstoppable in one-on-one situations” said the scouts.

As we covered before in our previous installment, Smith and his teammates in college were some of the hardest workers in college hoops. They were remembered as a group that were angry, and had brought chips on their shoulders. This mentality proved to pay off not only for the Eagles in their season but for Smith’s career as a whole, “it was like everything I worked so hard for had paid off in that moment. Hard work and a positive attitude while working towards my dream everyday since I was 4 made that moment indescribable.” Smith further noted, “it is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced.”

Smith would go on to spend six seasons in the NBA. His time included an all rookie team selection and a homecoming of sorts, as the LA native spent two seasons with the Clippers. After his NBA career was cut short by injuries, Smith went on to play a few seasons overseas for a career that lasted a decade. Learning plenty along the way, he attributed ten years of a professional basketball career to his motto, “Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.” Further elaborating just what that means to him, “Work on your game, eat right to fuel your body to be at its best, be a Cheap Craig Smith Jersey student of the game, and don’t let people distract you who don’t have your best interest at heart!”

For those who remember Smith’s time at BC they will surely remember the big man as a goofy and fun loving guy. That attitude has followed Smith in his post playing days. Currently working on a children’s book about his character, “the Rhino”, as well as the story of his life.

Basketball fans alike can rejoice in knowing they can receive further content on the Cali big man in the next year or two. Additionally anyone who still wishes to watch Smith play certainly can. Smith explaining “I’m playing in the Big3, I still have a lot left since my career was cut short due to injuries. But I’m back and healthier than ever!” Great news for basketball fans, but presumably not such great news for his opponents in Ice Cube’s Big 3 league. Smith also still hold an imprint in the NBA workings as an ambassador for the LA Clippers.

Craig Smith’s impact on the Boston College basketball program has been well documented, and in 2019 his legacy was cemented as he was inducted in Boston College’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame. “I was honored and grateful as an inner city kid from Los Angeles being inducted into the HOF just proved that you can do anything you put your mind too.” Being a leader by example really blends well with the schools motto, “Men and women for others” and in retrospect its easy to see the the deep connection between Smith and the school. Noting additionally “I am immortalized at BC and that is something that not many people will be able to accomplish in a lifetime so it feels exceptional.”

Smith’s time as an Eagle was highlighted with many great victories, fantastic players and an overall winning culture. For a program that has not seen an NCAA appearance since 2009 and all but two other post season appearances since, (NIT 2011, 2018) the school’s struggles have been well documented. When asked on his stance on the current state of his former team, Smith is hopeful “It’s been tough watching some teams having a tough time. Being a part of a winning culture along with Troy and Dudley I know that we can get back to that place with our current BC players.” also saying “There is some good talent who want to make their mark on the school. I really enjoyed talking to some of these guys when I was there in October of last year and can see that they’re driven and I look forward to seeing them shine.”

Smith’s accomplishments in basketball speak for themselves. To see how far they have stretched beyond the court is remarkable but certainly not surprising given his work ethic and determination. He is a fine reminder of what embodies a scholar athlete, and an education and determination can manifest into at Boston College.

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The Northwest Division clubs will meet again Sunday night, also at Minnesota.

Down most of the way, the Timberwolves rallied to as much as a four-point lead early in the fourth period, the final time at 99-95 after a Naz Reid layup.

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A 3-pointer by Anfernee Simons pushed Cheap Naz Reid Jersey the Portland advantage to 109-103 with 6:44 remaining. The Timberwolves never caught up, thanks in large part to two key late hoops by Damian Lillard.

Anthony’s 26 were his second-most this season. He put up a season-high 29 against Charlotte on March 1.

Lillard nearly matched his teammate with 25 points while also completing a double-double with a game-high 10 assists for Cheap Jaylen Nowell Jersey Portland, which was coming off a home loss to Phoenix on Thursday.

Enes Kanter also Cheap Juan Hernangomez Jersey had a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Gary Trent Jr. added 14 points and Derrick Jones Jr. 11 for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 2-0 against Minnesota this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns had a game-high 34 points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had snapped a nine-game Cheap Jarred Vanderbilt Jersey losing streak with a win at New Orleans on Thursday.

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For 14 years, Al Jefferson put his body on the line as one of the NBA’s top big men. Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics, he suited up for five NBA franchises before taking his talents to China. Of course, taking a pounding in the paint left Jefferson’s body aching for a good night’s sleep. So for $23,000, he bought one.

Al Jefferson developed into one of the NBA’s top big men

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A Mississippi native, Al Jefferson drew attention from the top college basketball programs in the country after averaging nearly 43 points and 18 rebounds as a senior at Prentiss High. However, the highly coveted recruit skipped out on college and took his talents straight to the NBA.

The Celtics selected Jefferson with the 15th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. He spent his first two years coming off the bench before becoming the team’s No. 1 center in 2006-07. Jefferson’s numbers exploded in his first year as a starter, as he averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds in 69 games. His breakout campaign caused his stock to skyrocket.

Danny Ainge traded the promising big man to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a huge package that brought back Cheap Kevin Garnett Jersey. For Jefferson, the move led to an even more prominent role. He averaged 20.1 points per game in three years with the Timberwolves.

Jefferson then spent three years with the Utah Jazz, where he continued to put up terrific numbers as a scorer and rebounder. Yet another three-year stint followed. This time, the aging center suited up for Charlotte. But after watching his numbers decline for years, Al Jefferson’s NBA career ended after a disappointing 2017-18 season with the Indiana Pacers.

Jefferson earned $133 million during his career

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Though he never became a true superstar, Al Jefferson certainly managed to do well for himself from a financial standpoint. Despite never earning a single NBA All-Star selection, the double-double machine made just north of $133 million in his 14-year NBA career.

Jefferson certainly had to work hard to score lucrative paydays. He made less than $1.7 million in each of his three seasons with the Celtics. In fact, it took until his fifth season for him to truly break the bank. After getting traded to the Timberwolves, Jefferson inked a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Though he left money on the table and wanted to prove himself, that turned out to be a bad decision in hindsight. In his second season with the Timberwolves, the rising star suffered a torn ACL. The injury particularly stung because Jefferson had been in the midst of the most productive season of his career.

Ultimately, he made his way back and still managed to do well for himself over the next few years. Jefferson’s highest single-season salary came in 2012-13 when the Jazz paid him $15 million. Even though he made just $4 million in his final NBA season, the former high-school prodigy earned more than enough money to afford anything he wanted.

And as it turns out, Al Jefferson really wanted a good night’s sleep.

The former NBA star dropped $23,000 on a good night’s sleep

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Some athletes choose to spend their hard-earned money more wisely than others. Former New York Knicks bust Eddie Curry spent nearly $1,100 per month on cable. Former NFL star Andre Rison blew $1 million just on jewelry. For Cheap Al Jefferson Jersey, though, he bought himself something much more practical: a bed.

Only the price would check in at a level most people would find less than practical. According to Salty City Hoops, Jefferson purchased a 10-foot by 12-foot bed set in 2012 while he played for the Jazz for the cool price of $23,287.

Former teammate Mo Williams posted a picture of the bed on social media. Later, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound point guard snapped a picture of himself on Jefferson’s $23,0000 bed to illustrate the enormity of the mattress.

While both the price and size of the bed seem insane, keep the purchase in context. When you tip the scales at 6-foot-10, 289 pounds, and have made more money than you can ever dream of, spending $23,000 on a good night’s sleep seems like a bargain.