Did you know 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 outstanding performance in high school that caught the eye of some Boy Scouts. However, his family moved from the East Coast to the West Coast, more specifically from New York to Los Angeles. The changes affected his game, and schools like UCLA did not give him a scholarship. With no concrete offers from LA and New York, Glick tried his luck in retail. Instead, he decided to become a plumber after graduating from high school under his father’s tutelage. But as fate would have it, Norman would sooner or later return to his first love.
The 6’7″ forward tried to reach the head coach of Loyola Marymount. After seeing how he played, the coach put him on a guaranteed spot, but Normie had to wait a year because it was already late to get him When he finally played, Glick wasted no time, averaging 13.2 points per game Unfortunately, the NCAA deemed him ineligible to play with the St. Louis Cardinals of MLB baseball Glick’s real chance came when he received an invite to 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 made. He also committed a foul. He remains the only Laker to have a 100% field goal percentage in his career. Normie didn’t play another game until his deal expired.
Jerry West and JJ Redick argue
JJ Redick made a controversial statement, saying Bill Cousy was dominant because firefighters and plumbers guarded him in his day.
It might have been a bit of a stretch, but the point was clear and clear: players who played in different eras would have been just average if they played in the NBA today.
Of course, that didn’t sit well with Jerry West, who questioned Redick’s contributions to the game.
West had to champion these other legends as well. It was a wrong choice of words for JJ, but it got the attention it needed. His statement sparked reactions from fans and former players. He should consider himself lucky to have played in today’s NBA. If he had played in what he called the plumbers and firefighters era, he wouldn’t be as well known as he is today.
But for the record, there was one real plumber who became an NBA player, even for one game. Norman Glick proved that with luck, determination and patience anyone can achieve their dreams.