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The only player in NBA history to win a championship on his birthday


Now I don't know for sure, but I'm willing to bet Bruce Bowen was one of the happiest people alive on June 14, 2007.

The obvious reason for it is the Spurs completing a sweep in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, for the organization's fourth NBA championship -- Bowen's third. But the other reason is it happened on his 36th birthday, making him the only player in NBA history to win an NBA title on the day he was born.

The Spurs forward was very close to achieving this in '03, but the series-deciding Game 6 against the Nets fell on June 15 - one day after his 32nd birthday. Here's the list of guys who were also days away from joining Bowen in the NBA's double cause for celebration club, courtesy of Reddit user u/RikeRice:

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Jerome Kersey

Tuesday, June 26, '62

Friday, June 25, '99


Jason Caffey

Tuesday, June 12, '73

Friday, June 13, '97


Žan Tabak

Monday, June 15, '70

Wednesday, June 14, '95


Chuck Nevitt

Saturday, June 13, '59

Sunday, June 14, '92


Johnny McCarthy

Wednesday, April 25, '34

Sunday, April 26, '64

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If any of these guys is to make it into the NBA Finals, they'll have the opportunity to join Bruce Bowen and receive the best birthday gift NBA player can hope for.

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