Latrell Sprewell

Latrell Sprewell


9/8/1970, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Birth Name

Latrell Fontaine Sprewell



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Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American professional basketball player. A guard-forward, he currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Sprewell entered the league in 1992 out of the University of Alabama. He was drafted 24th overall in the first round by the…more


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  • Trivia

    • Sprewell started 69 of the 77 games he played in during his rookie season and averaging 15.4 points per game.

    • Sprewell was selected 24th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.

    • After attending Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sprewell played competitively with the Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri from 1988–1990, and from 1990–1992 with the University of Alabama, where he was a teammate of current NBA player Robert Horry.

    • Spinning wheels found most notably today on SUV vehicles were first commonly called "Sprewells", as the wheels were first associated with Sprewell Motorsport. Today, the wheels are commonly called spinners.

    • Sprewell and his brother own the company Sprewell Racing, a part of Sprewell Motorsports, a San Gabriel, California-based company that provides custom body market and aftermarket performance parts. Sprewell is himself an avid automotive enthusiast.

    • Sprewell was featured on the cover of the September 1999 issue of SLAM Magazine.

    • Over the course of his career, Sprewell has started 868 of 913 games he has played in, averaging 18.8 ppg, 4.2 apg and 4.1 rpg with playoff career averages of 19.7 ppg, 3.4 apg and 4.3 rpg.

    • In his only appearance in the NBA Finals (1999), Sprewell averaged 26 ppg against the San Antonio Spurs.

    • Sprewell was named to the All-NBA First Team at the end of his sophomore season.

    • Sprewell was named to the All-NBA Defensive-Second team in the 1994 season.

    • Sprewell was the last Golden State Warrior to be on an NBA All-Star team.

    • Sprewell was the MVP for the McDonalds High School Game in 1987.

    • Sprewell: You guys know the way I play. And what's so ironic is, KG is the same way. I'm looking at him in practice and going, 'Wow, I'm always that guy,' you know?

    • Sprewell: When I was put in a situation where I'm going there, you have to look at the team and the possibility that hey, we can probably do some good things over there.

    • Sprewell: Well I forgot how different it was because I've been here for about four or five years. It's a big load off my shoulders now. Now that I'm there, I'm like, man, I can breathe a little bit, you know?

    • Sprewell: They got all the size over there, and the teams are really good, so, I think night after night you're just going to have to be ready to lace them up and be ready to play. The teams out there are really good.

    • Sprewell: The West is really loaded. Size-wise, especially.

    • Sprewell: The upper management I probably don't care about too much about, but from the coaches on down I have no problem with anybody.

    • Sprewell: The opportunity that I had to come here, I mean, this is a place that is either going to make you or break you.

    • Sprewell: Sometimes change is good. Although I didn't want to leave.

    • Sprewell: So much tension around here in New York. They want to fine you for every little thing you do.

    • Sprewell: Sam is there, Sam has been playing well, he has been doing great in camp.

    • Sprewell: Over there, Kevin McHale, I feel like I'm talking to someone I know. It's just a total different atmosphere.

    • Sprewell: Just being there, having him in practice, being able to talk to him, Flip Saunders is great, it's just a different atmosphere.

    • Sprewell: It's like an all-star team, you know? They're loaded. They're loaded, we're loaded, it should be fun.

    • Sprewell: It was just a matter of hoping that I would be on a team that was pretty good, and fortunate for me, that happened.

    • Sprewell: It always feels good to come back here. I love New York... it's just nice to see a lot of familiar faces.

    • Sprewell: I'm still going to have to go out and score, but defensively hopefully I can make them a little bit better.

    • Sprewell: I'm not frustrated, I just felt like Dolan didn't like me. That's what I said, so. It's nothing other than that.

    • Sprewell: I'm just happy to be a part of the Timberwolves organization. From top to bottom, facility and the management now, like I said, Kevin McHale is great.

    • Sprewell: I'm 33 years old now. I really want that ring. I got a taste of it here.

    • Sprewell: I was disappointed, but when I found out I was going to Minnesota, and Sam was there and they signed Olowokandi, they put a lot of good pieces around KG, so, it's a great opportunity for us to do something good if we can stay healthy.

    • Sprewell: I think that was one thing I definitely brought to the table, my aggressiveness and my style of play, and I think that's one of the reasons why the fans here really appreciated the way that I went out and played, just because I think they kind of liked that.

    • Sprewell: I think it'll be an emotional day. It'll be exciting for me, mostly it'll be exciting for them. I'm not going to get to come here a lot, so, it'll be a special day, hopefully.

    • Sprewell: I think it was one of the better meetings that I've had with those guys, because I was honestly able to say everything I wanted to say, and I pretty much aired out the dirty laundry. So from that point on, I thought all of that was behind us.

    • Sprewell: I love New York. A part of me will always be here. What can I say.

    • Sprewell: I know just one thing is those guys, KG and everyone, they're hungry. They want it bad. Sam's the only one that's had that, has the ring. Other than him, everybody else over there, we want it bad.

    • Sprewell: I just want to do the same things there that I was able to do here - be a team player and go out and help the team in any way I can.

    • Sprewell: I just meant as far as coming to the games on time; it was just like I was under the microscope, every little thing, it was like they were looking for me to come in here with my shoes untied.

    • Sprewell: I don't know if Calvin Klein needs tickets. Hopefully he won't be pulling at my coat on the sidelines or something.

    • Sprewell: I definitely think that myself and Sam will help the Timberwolves.

    • Sprewell: Fortunately for me I was able to do well here, and it really did great things for my career and now hopefully I can go out there and continue to do what I did.

    • Sprewell: And for the first time in a long time, I'm playing along somebody that has that same energy and fire and plays pretty much the same way I do. So, that was just nice to say.

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