Kevin Daley

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Kevin Daley
Medal record
Men’s Basketball
Representing  Panama
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Dominican Republic Team

Kevin "Special K" Daley[1] (born October 7, 1976) is a Panamanian former basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters. He also played on the Panama national team.

Early life[edit]

Daley was born in Panama City.[1] He grew up in Los Angeles County,[1] and graduated from Artesia High in Lakewood, California.[2]

College career[edit]

Daley played as a freshman for Nevada. However, he grew homesick and transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After sitting out a year, he played as a sophomore for the Bruins in 1997–98. Unhappy with the limited playing time he received, he transferred again to Azusa Pacific University.[2] Daley led the Cougars to the NAIA Final Four, and earned the Conference Most Valuable Player honors in 2000.[3]

Professional career[edit]

He played overseas in Australia, Taiwan, the Netherlands and for the Panama national team before joining the Harlem Globetrotters after they saw him play in a 2004 summer league.[4] During the team's 2005 World Tour, Daley played as a dunker and Showman.[5]

After basketball[edit]

In 2007, Daley became an American citizen. He also received a Sociology degree from Ashford University in 2010. Since retiring from basketball Daley has written an autobiography called “I Never Stopped Smiling”, and delivered speeches based on it, as well as working as a Sales Director for Velocity Global.

Michael Jordan's double[edit]

Daley was a body double portraying a young Michael Jordan in the Gatorade 2002 commercial "23 vs 39", in which a Bulls-era Jordan takes on his Wizards-era counterpart in a game of 1-on-1. The spot makers interposed a CGI reproduction of a young Jordan onto Daley's body and face in post-production.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Jenkins, Chris (February 13, 2005). "Red, white...and still true". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Moe, Scott (February 5, 2000). "Daley Affirmation: He Can Play". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Reid, Dixie. "From here, they'll trot the globe". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Special K Daley Archived 2010-01-13 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  5. ^ Wertheim, L. John (March 30, 2009). "Still Crazy After All These Years". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Neel, Eric (January 16, 2003). "MJ's ready for his close-up". Archived from the original on June 14, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)