Selected late in the first round of the NBA Draft by Golden State in 1992, Spree came on strong as a rookie in the NBA. He averaged 15 points a game as a rookie and with performance improvements he made the All Star team in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
Perhaps the biggest reason we all know Sprewell today was due his "chocking" incident in 1997. During practice, his coach P.J. Carlesimo told Latrell to "put a little mustard" on his passes, since he seemed to not be trying his best.
Latrell would respond to his coach saying he was not in the mood to be criticized and told P.J. to stay away. Once the coach stepped towards him however Spree quickly took action and while threatening to kill him, he grabbed Carlesimo by the throat and dragged him to the floor for nearly 15 seconds before teammates broke it up.
The next day Golden State voided the remained of Latrell's contract which was for three years and $23.7 million dollars.
After the 1998-1999 NBA Lockout Sprewell found himself as a member of the Knicks squad that faced but lost to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. Following his first season in the New York, the Knicks gave him a five year deal worth $62 million.
After the 2003 season however Spree was traded by the Knicks to Minnesota in a four team trade. In October of 2004, the Wolves offered him a three year $21 million dollar extension but of course Latrell Sprewell was insulted and was quoted as saying "I have a family to feed".
Even his agent got in on the act, saying his client would rather retire than make the NBA minimum of $1 million calling it a slap in the face. Just a few days later his agent, Bob Gist, said his client would wait until the trade deadline when teams get desperate to sign with a squad, but he mentioned clearly that the he would not sign for any teams mid level exception, or $5 million dollars, saying the value was "a level beneath which Spree would not stoop or kneel."
In the last three years, Sprewell has been sued for $200 million by his former partner, ran his yacht ashore, refused to pay someone to remove it and eventually had the boat repossessed by federal marshals after Latrell failed to make payments and insurance for the vessel, which he still owed more than a million dollars on. He has also had two homes go into foreclosure status after he failed to make mortgage payments of $2600 a month.
But $5 million for one year is an insult right? I mean he does have kids to feed! Its not his fault his children can only eat diamonds and gold.