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Reliving Latrell Sprewell's Warriors, Knicks, Wolves Highlights on His Birthday

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2020

New York Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell runs down court as he celebrates the game-winning basket by Allan Houston, during the fourth quarter of game five against the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in Miami Sunday, May, 16, 1999. The Knicks beat the Heat 78-77.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Latrell Sprewell celebrates his 50th birthday Tuesday, 15 years after his NBA playing career ended following four All-Star Game selections and an appearance in the 1999 NBA Finals with the New York Knicks

Sprewell was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 24th overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. The University of Alabama product was chosen for the 1993 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

He enjoyed a breakout 1993-94 campaign that saw him earn his first All-Star appearance before being named to the All-NBA First Team and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team at season's end.

The Wisconsin native went on to make the All-Star Game two more times over the next three years with the Dubs before joining the Knicks in 1998.

His first season in New York ended with a trip to the Finals, where the Knicks came up short against Tim Duncan, David Robinson and the San Antonio Spurs. While his team was dismantled by the juggernaut Spurs in five games, he averaged 27 points in the series.

Sprewell earned his first All-Star selection with the Knicks in 2001 and then finished the career with two seasons as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Here's a look at some more highlights from his career:

SLAM @SLAMonline

Latrell Sprewell had a wild career. Relive it: https://t.co/4HSolHqbgs https://t.co/kNZbUSR1MK

Ballislife.com @Ballislife

HBD Latrell Sprewell, arguably the angriest dunker ever! 1992: 24th pick in the draft 1993: All-Rookie 2nd Team 1994: All-NBA 1st Team, All-Star, All-Defense 2nd Team 📼 @dunk_comp https://t.co/cXtMIoof3S

Timeless Sports @timelesssports_

(1994) Latrell Sprewell shows off the in-and-out cross, then finishes the nifty layup. Sheesh 😳 https://t.co/HO8icPvZ07

Dime @DimeUPROXX

Happy birthday to 4x NBA All-Star, Latrell Sprewell! Never forget the poster + trash talk on Barkley 🙌 https://t.co/HhRwgOghin

SLAM Rewind @SLAMRewind

Y’all know Latrell Sprewell once hit a buzzer-beater while on the ground? DIFFERENT 😤 https://t.co/1QICpJR4No

Timeless Sports @timelesssports_

(1999) Latrell Sprewell gets the Knick crowd hyped up after his huge dunk in the NBA Finals! 🔥 https://t.co/vIbEzefeGL

Although Sprewell's career can't be examined without mentioning his confrontation with Warriors head coach P.J. Carlesimo in 1997 that led to him receiving a 68-game suspension, it's often forgotten he was a high-impact player during his 13-year NBA career.

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