In case you hadn't heard, 4-foot-5 Jahmani Swanson is a member of the famed Harlem Globetrotters squad. 4-foot-5! Yes, you read that right.
Jahmani thrives in taking on players almost twice his size. In an interview with the New York Post, he said "I know God has blessed me with my talent. Basketball has got me to where I am in life and it’s going to keep giving me more."
“People underestimate me all the time and that’s what really motivates me more,” said Swanson, 29, a 4-foot-5 Manhattanite known as “Mani Love,” Barcroft Media reported. “People think if they’re bigger than me they can post me up, but just because I’m small it doesn’t mean I’m weak.”
“People come at me because they want to think that I’m not that good,” he said. “I love it. It’s been something I’ve been facing since I was one or two years old. I face it when I’m on the street and I face it when I’m on the court but it’s a stage and I love showing what I can do.”
Swanson played for Monroe College in the Bronx before joining on with touring exhibition teams. Many celebs and sports figures showed their support for Rahmani.
“Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian both loved my videos and loved my game so they wanted to hang out with me. He was a really good player and she was really fun — and of course beautiful,” he said.
In his spare time, Jahmani also visits US schools to encourage all kids to follow their dreams — despite their “limitations.”
“I was sleeping with a basketball instead of a teddy bear when I was a kid,” he said. “All I wanted to do was play. My mother had to tell me many a time to stop playing ball at 12 o’clock in the middle of the night because they got tired of hearing the ball bounce and things breaking.”
Interestingly, Swanson said he’s sure he’d be in the NBA if he were a few inches taller, but that he wouldn’t change a thing about his life.