Bryant Reeves, Nickname Big Country

Thursday, 23 February 2012 | comments

Bryant Reeves, Nickname Big Country----Big Country was the nickname of Bryant Reeves who retired from the league midway through the 2001-2002 season.His nickname Big Country was used derisively to describe both his high salary and his alleged lack of motivation, as he once showed up for training camp 40 pounds overweight.

He was nicknamed Big Country by his college teammate Byron Houston after Reeves was amazed following his first airplane flight across the United States,having grown up in the small community of Gans, Oklahoma.
Reeves played six seasons with the Grizzlies.

After averaging 13.3 points per game in a solid rookie season, he averaged 16.2 points per game in 1997 and was subsequently awarded with a seven-year contract extension.

In the next season, he scored a career-high 41 points against the Boston Celtics in 1997-1998.

Eventually, after the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2001, Reeves started the season on the injured list due to chronic back pain and was never able to play another game.
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