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Bryant BIG COUNTRY Reeves, The Biggest Flop In NBA History
In 1995, Bryant Reeves became the first player ever drafted by The Vancouver Grizzlies, drafted 6th overall out of Oklahoma State University. Reeves was a redneck country boy from Arkansas, he stood 7 feet tall and was listed at roughly 300 pounds. It isn't clear what the Grizzlies organization saw in Reeves, he was never athletic, he struggled with his weight, and he was destined to be injury prone. After a relatively average first 2 seasons in Vancouver, the Fans were outraged when the team signed him to a new 6 year contract, making him one of the highest paid players in the league at the time, earning over $11.5 million per season.
Despite being paid like a superstar, Reeves never really played well enough to be a starter on most NBA teams, and when he finally succumbed to his injuries in 2001, he had only played 4 seasons, but had collected almost $100 million from the Vancouver Grizzlies. This earns Reeves top spot on ESPN's list of the most overpaid NBA players of all time. Nobody disputes that Big Country was the most overpaid player of all time, however some would argue that others were more overrated, and perhaps even bigger flops. According to BleacherReport.com, the biggest flop of all time is the Trail Blazers Sam Bowie.
Bowie has the distinction of being drafted higher than both Charles Barkely and Michael Jordan, and for this reason he is considered to be a huge disappointment. Compared to Reeves, Bowie had a far more productive career, and never collected half the money that Reeves was paid, therefore was much less of a strain on the Blazer's franchise.
Whatever Happened To BIG COUNTRY?
After being retired for nearly a decade, nobody had heard from Bryant Reeves, he seemed to just disappear off the grid. Of course he probably doesn't want his whereabouts published in any local Vancouver newspapers, the fans still haven't forgotten about his sloppy ass waddling into Vancouver, lazily jogging up and down the court for a few short seasons before leaving town with a hefty $100 million in salary.
As it turns out, a Canadian journalist took the time to look up the biggest disappointment in NBA history. Knowing that Reeves hometown of Gans, Oklahoma has a population of only 208 people, it seemed realistic to assume that everyone in the small town would know something about him. After looking up a few complete strangers on Facebook, he was able to get a statement from somebody who claimed to be close to Reeves:
"In fact I was actually with him today. He is pretty much just living a country lifestyle. He has moved back to Gans and has a great house on the Arkansas River. He has three kids, 2 boys and a girl. He pretty much is just running his cattle ranch and fishing and hunting when he can. He has a lot of good land and his dreams of basketball faded, so he just lived another dream living a great country life. "
Well isn't that sweet, I guess $100 million bucks can buy a nice little ranch and a cozy lifestyle of fishing, hunting and relaxing in a crappy little town, surrounded by other sloppy hicks and rednecks that probably can hardly spell and won't be able to read this article, therefore there is no risk of offending them.
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