Michael Phelps might be the greatest Olympian of all time.
The American swimmer has won 23 gold medals and set numerous world records.
But he was once chasing Kris Humphries.
Before focusing on his basketball career, Humphries – who now plays for the Hawks after stints with the Jazz, Raptors, Mavericks, Nets, Celtics, Wizards and Suns – was an elite swimmer. He held the top times for swimmers 10-and-under in 1995 in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly and 200 I.M.
In the same age group? Michael Phelps.
Check out the USA swimming record book from that year:
And that’s as close as Phelps came to Humphries. Humphries had even bigger advantages over the future Olympic gold medalist in other events.
(hat tip: KL Chouinard of hawks.com)