Latrell Fontaine Sprewell is an American former basketball player who was born on September 8th, 1970. He was drafted by the NBA in 1992. During his active years as a basketball player, he has played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his career as a professional basketball player, Sprewell was named four times in the yearly NBA All-Star game. He is also attributed to have helped the Knicks to reach the NBA Finals and also the Timberwolves to reach the Western Conference finals. Sprewell is attributed to have made numerous accomplishments throughout his career. However, in 1997, he chocked coach P. J Carlesimo during practice. This incidence led Sprewell to be suspended forcing him not to play in 68 games. Sprewell’s career came to an end in 2005 when he declined to sign on a $21-million three-year contract from the Timberwolves as he stated that the contract would not be enough to feed his children. Since then, his yacht has been grounded, two of his homes were foreclosed upon and he was also prohibited from seeing his children.
Following his suspension, Sprewell was allowed to resume playing from February 1999 after the Warriors had traded him to the New York Knicks. During that season, Sprewell played 37 games for the Knicks. Before he was signed by the Knicks, most people felt that because of his previous violence, he was too unstable to play in a team like Knicks. However, Sprewell vowed that he was a changed man. In the 2000-01 season, Sprewell rose up the ranks to become the Knicks leader as Ewing had been traded to the Seattle Supersonics. During that year, he scored 7 points off the bench.
Sprewell attended college in Three Rivers CC between the years 1988 to 1990. He later on joined Alabama between the years 1990 to 1992. During his time in the University of Alabama, he played against Robert Horry, James Robinson and even Jason Caffey, who would later on become NBA players. Sprewell was selected as the 24th overall before being drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1992.
In August 2006, Sprewell was the subject of an investigation by the Milwaukee police. However, by September of the same year, the police indicated that no charges would be brought against him. In 2007, Sprewell’s long term companion sued him for $200 million as Sprewell had decided to end their relationship. This was as a result of Sprewell going back against a promise that he had made while they were in college that he would support her and their four children.
Despite being in the spotlight as a good basketball player, Sprewell’s career was short lived because of his decisions ranging from chocking his coach to even refusing to sign the contract. Most people have stated that the career of Sprewell was tainted by his violent acts that portrayed him as an unstable player. This forced him to be traded off to other teams quite frequently.