Claim To Fitness: He earned the nickname “Big Snacks”
Jerome James parlayed a hot stretch of play in with the Seattle Supersonics during the 2005 NBA Playoffs into a (disastrous) five year, $30 million contract with the New York Knicks. Months after signing the deal, James — surprise, surprise — showed up out of shape to training camp, and his issues with his weight plagued him during his tenure in New York.
In fact, his girth became such an issue that the Knicks even tried to rid themselves of James’ contract by using a medical exemption. But, the NBA ruled that being out of shape wasn’t exactly a medical situation.