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Michael Jerome Cage (born January 28, 1962 in West Memphis, Arkansasmarker) is a retired American NBA basketball player.

A 6'9" power forward/center from the San Diego State University marker Aztecsmarker, Cage was the 14th pick of the 1984 NBA Draft. He played 15 NBA seasons (1984–2000) with five teams: the Los Angeles Clippers, the Seattle SuperSonics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the New Jersey Nets.

One highlight of his career was in 1988 when, as a member of the Clippers, when he led the league in rebound with 13.0 per game. He was on a personal duel with Charles Oakley, who was playing with the Chicago Bulls at the time. Cage needed to register 28 rebounds in his final game to beat out Oakley for the rebounding title. He ended up grabbing 30.

During his career, Cage earned the nicknames "John Shaft" and "Windexman" (as in "cleaning the glass") for his rebounding prowess and hard work on defense.

He holds career averages of 7.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Cage resides in Southern California with his wife Jodi. He has three children, Alexis, Michael Jr, and Sydney. As a retired man, he enjoys officiating soccer games and watching his own kids play. He also has recently been inducted into the Arkansas hall of fame.

Trivia

  • One of Cage's teammates during his freshman season at San Diego State was future Major League Baseball star Tony Gwynn
  • Cage was the color analyist for several USC and Clipper games.
  • Cage writes a basketball blog for prosportsdaily.com


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