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Nationality  American
Name  Joel Przybilla
Listed height  7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Role  Basketball player

Listed weight  245 lb (111 kg)
Height  2.16 m
College  Minnesota (1998–2000)
Salary  1.352 million USD (2013)
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Born  October 10, 1979 (age 36) Monticello, Minnesota (1979-10-10)
High school  Monticello (Monticello, Minnesota)
NBA draft  2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Spouse  Noelle Przybilla (m. 2001)
Children  Anthony Przybilla, Jayden Przybilla
Parents  Linda Przybilla, Doug Przybilla
Similar People  Don Nelson, Terry Stotts, Jason Kidd, Jim Boylan, Larry Drew

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Joel Przybilla (; born October 10, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player who played the center position for 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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High school career

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Przybilla was born in Monticello, Minnesota, and attended Monticello High School, where he was coached by Max LaVelle of the Monticello Magic. He was named 1998 Minnesota Mr. Basketball, along with Darius Lane. He was also named to USA TODAY's All-USA second team and earned Parade All-American honors, and was a two-time Associated Press Minnesota Player of the Year honoree.

College career

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Przybilla spent two years at the University of Minnesota and left as second on the Golden Gophers' all-time single-season list with 84 blocks. He finished his sophomore season first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, second in blocks and third in rebounding.

NBA career

Przybilla was selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, but was later traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for their first-round pick, Jason Collier, and a future first-round pick on draft night. After playing for the Bucks for over three seasons, on February 15, 2004, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade.

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On August 25, 2004, Przybilla signed a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. He made an immediate impact averaging 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in the 2004–05 NBA season. On July 17, 2006, he re-signed with the Trail Blazers to a reported five-year, $32 million contract. Bill Duffy, Przybilla's agent, explained his reasons for re-signing with the Blazers this way: "He's extremely loyal, and they gave him an opportunity two years ago when no one else did."

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On March 22, 2008, Przybilla recorded a career-high 25 rebounds, two shy of the franchise record overall and one shy of the franchise record in a regulation game. On January 2, 2009, he was fined $7,500 and assessed a flagrant foul for striking Tyson Chandler.

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In a game against the Dallas Mavericks on December 22, 2009, he suffered a ruptured patella tendon as well as a dislocated patella after landing awkwardly on his right knee. Two days later, he had surgery to repair the tear in the tendon and missed the rest of the 2009–10 season.

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On February 24, 2011, Przybilla was traded, along with Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two future first-round draft picks, to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Gerald Wallace.

On February 27, 2012, Przybilla re-signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.

On August 9, 2012, Przybilla signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, with whom he began his NBA career.

On August 24, 2014, Przybilla officially retired from the NBA after sitting out the entire 2013–14 season.

Personal life

Przybilla was born the third of four children of Doug, an American Express employee, and Linda Przybilla, a middle school teacher's assistant. He is of German (maternally) and Polish descent. He and his wife, Noelle, have two sons, Anthony and Jayden.

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