“The Kandi” as famously known by NBA fans turns 45 today. Michael Olowokandi (born 3 April 1975) is a British-Nigerian former professional basketball player. Born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in London, he attended college on a basketball scholarship at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and was the number one pick in the 1998 NBA draft, where he was selected as a center by the Los Angeles Clippers. He played professionally until 2007, when he was forced to retire due to severe hernia and knee injuries.
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