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Christian Eyenga
Christian Eyenga
Position: -
Born: 06/22/89
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Earnings: $3,292,560 ($3,779,980*)
One more Eyenga story: A couple years ago, after he was traded to the Lakers, I was walking through the parking lot of the Thomas & Mack center in Las Vegas during summer league. The Lakers bus arrived for practice at least 10 minutes earlier and the players were already out on the floor warming up. As I was walking out, a beat up car that was at least 20 years old came speeding through the empty parking lot doing (by my guesstimation) at least 40 mph. Some blonde was driving and who jumps out? A barefoot Eyenga, who obviously missed the team bus and had his shoes slung over his shoulder. “Hey Jason!” he shouted. “Good to see you. Gotta go. I’m late!” That first season post-LeBron is worth a book. But I’m afraid no one would read it. Needless to say, the Cavs have come a long way since then. Talk to you Sunday from New York.
The next day, Christian waived me over. “Jason, did you write my mama is 6-9?” he asked, to which I of course responded yes. “My mama’s not 6-9,” he said. “My mama’s 5-9!” I was flabbergasted. “Christian,” I said. “Jeff and I went over and over this with you. We asked you five times!” He just laughed. A few minutes later I shared the entire saga with Byron Scott, who just silently shook his head. “Now you know what I’ve been dealing with all year,” he said.
Former Fox Sports sideline reporter Jeff Phelps and I were chatting with Eyenga in the locker room. Eyenga said his mother, who played on Congo’s national women’s basketball team, was 6-foot-9. Astonished, I asked how tall was his father. “Normal height,” he said. “Like you.” I’m 5-9, 5-10 on a good day. The thought of marrying a woman an entire foot taller seemed hysterical to me. So Phelps and I kept pressing Eyenga on his story, but it never changed. “My mama is 6-9,” he kept insisting. So I wrote about it for the next day’s paper and Phelps used it on the air during that night’s game against the Bulls: Christian Eyenga and his 6-9 mama.
On Monday, the Lakers let their final asset from the Dwight Howard trade slip away. The team’s $1.2-million trade exception for Christian Eyenga, a throw-in to the Orlando Magic as part of the four-team trade, expired a full year after the initial blockbuster deal. The Lakers would have been able to acquire a player in trade, making up to $1.3 million (the Eyenga exception, plus the padding of $100,000 allowed by the league), without sending out any players to match salary. A trade exception can also be used to claim a player off waivers, provided his salary is not more than the allotted exception.