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In sports where height is **______**, like basketball, the tall athletes got taller. In 1983, the National Basketball Association signed a groundbreaking agreement **______** players partners in the **______**, **________** to shares of ticket **________** and television **_________**. Suddenly, anybody who could be an NBA player wanted to be, and teams **_______** scouring the globe for the bodies that could help them win **_____________**. Almost overnight, the proportion of men in the NBA who are at least seven feet tall doubled to 10 percent. **_____**, one in 10 men in the NBA is at least seven feet tall, but a seven-foot-tall man is incredibly rare in the general population — so rare that if you know an American man between the ages of 20 and 40 who is at least seven feet tall, there's a 17 **_______** chance he's in the NBA right now. (Laughter) That is, find six honest seven footers, one is in the NBA right now. And that's not the only way that NBA players' bodies are **______**. This is Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man," the ideal **___________**, with arm span equal to **______**. My arm span is exactly equal to my height. Yours is probably very nearly so. But not the average NBA player. The average NBA player is a shade under 6'7", with arms that are seven feet long. Not only are NBA **_______** ridiculously tall, they are ludicrously long. Had Leonardo wanted to draw the **_________** NBA Player, he would have needed a rectangle and an ellipse, not a circle and a square.

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jesse owens | 7 |

usain bolt | 6 |

sir roger | 5 |

roger bannister | 5 |

average elite | 5 |

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body type | 4 |

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nba player | 4 |

olympic marathon | 3 |

average body | 3 |

feet tall | 3 |

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sir roger bannister | 5 |

average body type | 3 |

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