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The story of the first and only plumber who became an NBA player

Normie Glick played well in high school but didn't receive a scholarship. He pursued plumbing before eventually returning to play. Glick realized his dream in the 1949-50 season after playing a single NBA game.
The NBA in the 1950s'.

The NBA in the 1950s'.

Did you know that there was actually a plumber who became an NBA player? His name was Norm Glick, and this is his story.

Norman Glick: plumber and NBA player

Norman Stanley Glick remains the first and only plumber to become an NBA player. He had stand-out performances in high school, which caught the eyes of some scouts. However, his family moved from the East Coast to the West Coast, specifically from New York to Los Angeles. The changes affected his game, and schools such as UCLA didn't give him a scholarship. Without any actual offers from L.A. and New York, Glick tried his luck in trade. Instead, he decided to pursue plumbing under his father's tutelage after finishing high school. But as fate would have it, Norman would return to his first love sooner than later.

The 6'7" forward tried to reach out to the head coach of Loyola Marymount. After seeing how he played, the coach played him in a guaranteed spot, but Normie had to wait a year because it was already late to register him. When he finally played, Glick didn't waste time and averaged 13.2 points per game. Unfortunately, the NCAA deemed him ineligible for playing baseball with the MLB's St Louis Cardinals. Glick's real opportunity came when he received an invite to the Minneapolis Lakers' training camp. Three of them were fighting for the final roster spot. Two were waived, and the other refused to play on Sundays for religious reasons. So the front office decided to sign Normal Glick instead.

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In his first real NBA game, Glick made the only attempt he took. He also committed a foul. He remains the only Laker to have a 100% field goal percentage for his career. Normie didn't play another game until his deal expired.

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JJ Redick made a controversial statement and said Bill Cousy was dominant because firefighters and plumbers guarded him in his time.

It may have been a bit of a stretch, but the point was loud and clear: players who played in different eras would have been just average if they played today in the NBA.

Of course, this didn't sit well with Jerry West, who questioned Redick's contributions to the game.

West had to stand up for those other legends as well. It was a wrong choice of words for JJ, but it got the attention it needed. His statement elicited responses from fans and former players. He should consider himself lucky that he played in today's NBA. If he played in the era of plumbers and firemen, as he called it, he wouldn't be known as he is today.

But for the record, there was a real plumber who became an NBA player, even just for a game. Norman Glick proved that anyone could make their dreams come true with a bit of luck, determination, and patience. 

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