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Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes
Position: -
Born: 01/23/79
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:184 lbs. / 83.5 kg.
Earnings: $84,845,538 ($125,646,102*)
A 9-year-old Jayson Tatum was in the stands with his father as his godfather Larry Hughes’ Cleveland Cavaliers played the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals. Fifteen years later, longtime best friends Hughes and Justin Tatum will be in the stands together watching “Lil J” as he tries to lead the Boston Celtics to a title over the Golden State Warriors. “When a kid sees that a dream is real, it’s easier, but not easy, to chase that dream,” Hughes told Andscape this week. “I was glad that he was able to see that making the NBA was possible. I’m hoping he earns his award.”
“He saw the nice cars and how we carried ourselves. He understood how we were able to travel. Experiences like that was something he wanted. You can see now that he knew what he wanted and how to go there to get it.” – Former NBA player Larry Hughes on Jayson Tatum’s exposure to the NBA lifestyle at an early age. Tatum was blessed to be able to touch an NBA player and see what the inside world was like long before he put on a Celtics uniform. But his father deserves much of the credit for helping build the foundation of the basketball star he is today.
Brendan Haywood: It was great playing with LeBron because he is one of the best teammates ever. He really wants to have everybody included. He wants to have guys on the same page. He wants to do things off the court to get guys engaged with each other, whether it’s taking guys out to the movies or having a room in the hotel where everybody could down and watch TV, eat, play video games. We knew we couldn’t go out in the city but we were still able to get out of the room. He is just thoughtful like that. He is always thinking about how he can help his teammates and he is the best gift-giver ever. We had all the Beats by Dre headphones. If he had a commercial for it, we had like ten of those. If he did Samsung phones, we all had them. If the new LeBron shoes came out, everybody would get them. He is an incredible, thoughtful teammate. It made guys want to run through a wall for him. It made his teammates work even harder. I think he learned a lot of that from the Heat. Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley taught him how to include everybody but he took it to the next level.