LATRELL FONTAINE SPREWELL (born September 8, 1970) is an American
former professional basketball player; he played for the Golden State
Warriors , the
New York Knicks , and the
Minnesota Timberwolves .
During his time as a professional, Sprewell was named to the yearly
Sprewell's career came to an unexpected end in 2005 when he refused a $21-million three-year contract offer from the Timberwolves, which Sprewell implied would not be enough to feed his children. The Timberwolves offered him nothing more. Since that time, he has made headlines for grounding his million-dollar yacht and subsequently having it repossessed for missed payments, having two of his homes foreclosed upon, and being prohibited from seeing his children.
* 1 NBA career
* 1.1 Golden State Warriors
* 1.1.1 1997 choking incident
* 2 NBA career statistics
* 2.1 Regular season * 2.2 Playoffs
* 3 Personal life
* 3.1 Relationships * 3.2 Property
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
After attending Washington High School in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin ,
Sprewell played competitively with the Three Rivers Community College
He was selected 24th overall in the 1992 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors . Sprewell, nicknamed "Spree", made an immediate impact, starting 69 of the 77 games he played in during his rookie season and averaging 15.4 points per game. His performance would improve over the next few years, leading the team in scoring and playing for the Western Conference All-Star team in 1994, 1995, and 1997, scoring 24.2 ppg in 1996–97, fifth in the league. Additionally, in 1993–1994 he led the league in games played and minutes per game as the Warriors, led by Sprewell and NBA Rookie of the year power forward Chris Webber , made it back to the playoffs . They would, however, lose in the first round to the Phoenix Suns in three games.
1997 Choking Incident
Though a four-time All-Star, a significant blemish on Sprewell's career was an incident that took place on December 1, 1997, when he attacked head coach P. J. Carlesimo during a Warriors practice. When Carlesimo yelled at Sprewell to make crisper passes (specifically asking him to "put a little mustard" on a pass ), Sprewell responded that he was not in the mood for criticism and told the coach to keep his distance. When Carlesimo approached, Sprewell threatened to kill him and dragged him backwards by his throat, choking him for 7–10 seconds before his teammates and assistant coaches pulled Sprewell off his coach. Sprewell returned about 20 minutes later after showering and changing and again accosted Carlesimo. He landed a glancing blow at Carlesimo's right cheek before being dragged away again by the assistant coaches. It was not his first violent incident with the Warriors; in 1995, Sprewell fought with teammate Jerome Kersey and returned to practice carrying a two-by-four , and reportedly threatened to return with a gun. In a 1993 practice, Sprewell fought with Byron Houston , who was 50 pounds heavier than Sprewell and had what many teammates describe as having a Mike Tyson-like demeanor and physique.
Sprewell was suspended for 10 games without pay. However, the next day, in the wake of a public uproar, the Warriors voided the remainder of his contract altogether, which included $23.7 million over three years, and the NBA suspended him for one year. Sprewell took the case to arbitration and the contract voiding was overturned, but the league did suspend him for the rest of the season without pay, which was a whopping 68 remaining games. He sought to vacate the arbitration contract under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. His case went through all appeals, and was remanded. During the time he was serving his suspension from the NBA, Sprewell was charged with reckless driving for his role in a 90-mile-per-hour accident that injured two people. He spent three months under house arrest as part of a no-contest plea.
NEW YORK KNICKS
Due to the NBA lockout , Sprewell did not play again until February 1999, after the Warriors traded him to the New York Knicks for John Starks , Chris Mills and Terry Cummings . Sprewell played 37 games for the Knicks that season; playing off the bench in all but four games.
Many pundits felt that signing the volatile Sprewell was too big a
gamble for the Knicks to take, but Sprewell himself vowed that he was
a changed man. The Knicks, who at the time still revolved around
veteran All-Star center
Sprewell moved into the Knicks starting line up for the 1999–2000
season at small forward, and averaged 18.6 points, helping the Knicks
to a 50-32 record good enough for the third seed in the Eastern
Conference. The Knicks now led by Sprewell, Ewing and shooting guard
The 2000–01 season saw Sprewell step up as the Knicks leader with Ewing traded to the Seattle SuperSonics , thus making his only All-Star appearance for the Knicks that year, scoring 7 points off the bench. However, despite another impressive season from Sprewell the Knicks would lose in the first round to the Toronto Raptors in five games of the 2001 playoffs . In 2001–02 , Sprewell averaged 19.4 ppg, including 49 points in a game against the Boston Celtics , one of three times he scored 40 or more points that season; however, it was not enough as the Knicks would miss the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.
Prior to the 2002–03 season , Sprewell reported to training camp with a broken hand, which he claimed occurred when he slipped on his yacht; the Knicks fined him a record $250,000 for failing to report the incident to them. Sprewell sued the New York Post for claiming that he broke his hand in a fight. Sprewell ultimately lost the lawsuit against the New York Post.
That season, Sprewell made NBA history as he connected 9 of 9 from the three-point arc, making the most three pointers without a single miss en route to a season-high 38 points versus the Los Angeles Clippers . The record has since been tied by then- Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon and broken by Nuggets guard Ty Lawson , who made 10 threes without missing in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After the season in which the Knicks missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, Sprewell was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a four-team trade involving Keith Van Horn , Glenn Robinson , and Terrell Brandon .
In the 2003–04 season , Sprewell became part of the league's highest-scoring trio, alongside superstar power forward Kevin Garnett and point guard Sam Cassell . With a 58-24 record, the Timberwolves qualified for the 2004 playoffs , making the field as the first seed in the Western Conference. They navigated past the Denver Nuggets in five games and Sacramento Kings in seven games in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In the Western Conference Finals they met the Los Angeles Lakers . Here their playoff run came to an end when they were defeated by the Lakers in 6 games. This remains the only appearance by the Timberwolves in the conference finals. Sprewell finished second in team scoring, pacing at 19.9 ppg behind Garnett's 24.0 ppg.
On October 31, 2004, the
Minnesota Timberwolves offered Sprewell a
3-year, $21 million contract extension, substantially less than what
his then-current contract paid him. Claiming to feel insulted by the
offer, he publicly expressed outrage, declaring, "I have a family to
feed ... If Glen Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up
some money. Otherwise, you're going to see these kids in one of those
One month into the 2005–06 season and without a contract, Sprewell's agent, Bob Gist, said his client would rather retire than play for the NBA minimum salary, telling Sports Illustrated , "Latrell doesn't need the money that badly. To go from being offered $7 million to taking $1 million, that would be a slap in the face." Several days later, Gist said that Sprewell planned to wait until "teams get desperate" around the trade deadline in February, and then sign with a contending team -an eventuality that never materialized for Sprewell. Gist said that Sprewell would not be interested in signing for any team's $5 million mid-level exception , calling that amount "a level beneath which would not stoop or kneel!"
In March 2006, Sprewell was offered contracts by the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs , both of whom were considered at the time to be strong favorites to win the NBA Championship , but Sprewell failed to respond and remained a free agent as the season came to a close. There was also minimal interest in Sprewell by the Los Angeles Lakers at the beginning of the 2005–06 season but nothing ever came of it.
Over the course of his career, Sprewell started 868 of 913 games he 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. Sprewell was named to the All-NBA First Team at the end of his second season, and to the All-NBA Defensive second team that same year.
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game BOLD Career high
* Led the league
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1992–93 Golden State 77 69 35.6 .464 .369 .746 3.5 3.8 1.6 .7 15.4
1993–94 Golden State 82 82 43.1* .433 .361 .774 4.9 4.7 2.2 .9 23.2
1994–95 Golden State 69 69 40.2 .418 .276 .781 3.7 4.0 1.6 .7 20.6
1995–96 Golden State 78 78 39.3 .428 .323 .789 4.9 4.2 1.6 .6 18.9
1996–97 Golden State 80 79 41.9 .449 .354 .843 4.6 6.3 1.7 .6 24.2
1997–98 Golden State 14 13 39.1 .397 .188 .745 3.6 4.9 1.4 .4 21.4
1998–99 New York 37 4 33.3 .415 .273 .812 4.2 2.5 1.2 .1 16.4
1999–00 New York 82 82 40.0 .435 .346 .866 4.3 4.0 1.3 .3 18.6
2000–01 New York 77 77 39.2 .430 .304 .783 4.5 3.5 1.4 .4 17.7
2001–02 New York 81 81 41.1 .404 .360 .821 3.7 3.9 1.2 .2 19.4
2002–03 New York 74 73 38.6 .403 .372 .794 3.9 4.5 1.4 .3 16.4
2003–04 Minnesota 82 82 37.8 .409 .331 .814 3.8 3.5 1.1 .3 16.8
2004–05 Minnesota 80 79 30.6 .414 .327 .830 3.2 2.2 0.7 .3 12.8
Career 913 868 38.6 .425 .337 .804 4.1 4.0 1.4 .4 18.3
All-Star 4 1 19.3 .486 .125 .529 3.8 2.5 1.3 0.0 11.0
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994 Golden State 3 3 40.7 .433 .348 .667 3.0 7.0 0.7 1.0 22.7
1999 New York 20 8 37.2 .419 .160 .850 4.8 2.2 1.0 .3 20.4
2000 New York 16 16 43.8 .414 .333 .784 4.4 3.6 1.1 .3 18.7
2001 New York 5 5 42.4 .407 .214 .760 3.0 3.4 1.0 .2 18.4
2004 Minnesota 18 18 42.8 .421 .385 .779 4.4 4.0 1.6 .7 19.8
Career 62 50 41.1 .418 .330 .803 4.3 3.4 1.2 .4 19.7
Sprewell's personal life since he last played in the NBA has been plagued with controversy and financial trouble. In 1994, Sprewell's four-year-old daughter was attacked by his pet pit bull, suffering bites to her nose, lips, forehead, and ear. She required surgery. At junior college, Sprewell was arrested for stealing. In 2016, Sprewell appeared in a Priceline.com television advertisement, poking fun at himself.
On August 30, 2006,
On January 31, 2007, Sprewell's long term companion sued him for $200 million for ending their relationship agreement. She claimed Sprewell agreed to support her and their four children while they were in college.
On August 22, 2007, it was reported by multiple news agencies that Latrell Sprewell's yacht was repossessed by federal marshals after Sprewell failed to maintain payments and insurance for the vessel, for which he reportedly still owed approximately $1.3 million. In addition, while piloted by Sprewell, the yacht ran ashore near Atwater Beach , just north of Milwaukee. Sprewell refused to contract with a professional salvage firm to remove the yacht. The yacht was eventually freed with the help of a local fishing vessel.
In February 2008, Sprewell's yacht was auctioned for $856,000 after he defaulted on a $1.5 million mortgage, and in May 2008 a Milwaukee area home owned by Sprewell went into foreclosure status. Between September 2007 and January 2008, documents revealed that Sprewell failed to make his mortgage payments of $2,593 per month. In July 2009, a Westchester mansion owned by Sprewell went into foreclosure status. That action was dismissed on motion of another party's attorney, Roger K. Marion.
* List of National
* ^ A B C Ostler, Scott (August 23, 2007). "Captain Spree should
remain a landlubber". The San Francisco Chronicle.
* ^ "Report: Sonics set to make Spurs assistant Carlesimo coach".
CBSSports.com . July 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December
* ^ A B C D ESPN Classic - Sprewell\'s Image Remains in a Chokehold
* ^ "Video". CNN. December 15, 1997.
* ^ AP, March 18, 1998; AP, July 28, 1998
* ^ "Sprewell can\'t save Knicks".
Associated Press . February 6,
* ^ Bob Purvis and Charles Gardner (August 30, 2006). "Sprewell
questioned in alleged assault".