Where Are They Now: John Amaechi

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In relating how he got where he is today, John Amaechi likes to tell a story.

The year was 1999 and Amaechi, then a center for the Magic, was considered by teammates—and much of the league—to be something of an odd duck. One of the first British NBA players, he drank tea, eschewed partying and read psychology textbooks on the team plane, studying toward a degree, while others played cards.

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