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Olden Polynice (born November 21, 1964 in Port-au-Princemarker, Haitimarker) was a Haitianmarker professional basketball player at the center position. He played with the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.

After graduating from All Hallows High Schoolmarker in the Bronxmarker, Polynice played college basketball at the University of Virginiamarker. After three years in college and playing with Serie A's Hamby Rimini in 1986-87, he was selected 8th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Scottie Pippen. Polynice then arrived in Detroit in 1992 after being traded by the Los Angeles Clippers and departed two years later when he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Pete Chilcutt and two draft picks.

In 15 NBA seasons, Polynice averaged 23.5 minutes, 7.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, with a respectable career PER of 13.2. At 6'11", he was often signed by teams in need of a good rebounder and tough interior player, and consistently ranked among the league leaders in offensive rebounds. Polynice retired from the NBA in 2004 after a brief return to the Clippers. He played in 2004-05 for the Los Angeles Aftershock of the ABA.

In 2000, Polynice was involved in an incident in which he was accused of impersonating a police officer. During a minor traffic accident, his car was struck by a speeding motorist who drove off after striking Polynice. Polynice chased after the car and ended up having a confrontation with the driver of the other car. The situation was resolved at the scene without the police being involved, but a few days later he was informed that he was being charged with impersonating a police officer. He would eventually plead guilty to the offense (a class B misdemeanor), and served a one-game suspension during the 2000-01 season.

Upon retiring, Polynice served as coach for the ABA's Long Beach Breakers. In 1997, still active, he worked as a color commentator for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs. In 2007 five Sacramento Kings fans held a rally to "bring OP back to Sac" without success.

Personal

Polynice and his wife Raechel have two sons, Nikolas and Chayce and two daughters, Alexis and Gabriella. He also has two daughters from previous relationships, Tiara and Armani.

References

  1. NBA.com bio


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