The 14th Pick of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.
A 2.06m (or 6 foot 9) Power Forward.
University of Minnesota NCAA athlete.
Kris(topher) Humphries made the 2002-2003 prestigious McDonald’s All American.
The 4th Offensive Rebounder in the 2011-2012 NBA Season.
Nonetheless, the big man had other talents as a youngster.
Certainly, we couldn’t recall a better swimmer than the one and only Michael Phelps
In 1995, 10-year-old Phelps recorded the year’s fastest 100-meter butterfly time for his age class in the United States.
The then 10-year-old Kris Humphries clocked the fastest times in six different events (!) 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley (the last of which is an event that Phelps has won at the past four Olympics).
Furthermore, Kris placed himself 10 times in all nine race categories, including three age-bracket records, two of which – the 50m and 100m freestyle – lasted in the U.S. Swimming’s youth national record books for over 18 years (!!)
And Phelps wasn’t the only future Olympian in Humphries’ age bracket. Both Ryan Lochte, 12-time Olympic medalist, and Milorad ‘Mike’ Cavic, who came within 0.01 second of Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 Games, competed in the same age group.
Like another NBA big man, Tim Duncan, Humphries got into competitive swimming because it was the family sport; both followed older sisters into the pool. And like Duncan, Humphries eventually gave up his pool time for court time as he fell in love with basketball.
As he told People magazine in 2003,
“I was so good at a young age that I got a little burnt out,” Humphries said. “I also grew up in the Michael Jordan era … for me, I watched [basketball]and saw it as a challenge. It’s hard to stay focused on something when you have a ton of success at a young age, so I picked up basketball a little later and rolled with that.”
Lastly, as the Steve Nash case, we observed the emerging role of Michael Jordan marketing. Perhaps today we have had the opportunity to see Duncan, Nash and Humphries in other sports rather than Basketball.
Moreover, we should appreciate these other sports. Certainly, direct or indirectly shaped the latter players some tangible and intangible skills towards Basketball.