LaBradford Smith

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LaBradford Smith
Personal information
Born (1969-04-03) April 3, 1969 (age 55)
Bay City, Texas, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolBay City (Bay City, Texas)
CollegeLouisville (1987–1991)
NBA draft1991: 1st round, 19th overall pick
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1991–2000
PositionShooting guard
Number22, 15
Career history
19911993Washington Bullets
1993–1994Sacramento Kings
1994Rapid City Thrillers
1994–1996Quad City Thunder
1996–1997León Caja España
1997–1998MKS Znicz Basket Pruszków
1998–1999Śląsk Wrocław
1999–2000Baltimore Bayrunners
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,218 (6.7 ppg)
Rebounds271 (1.5 rpg)
Assists394 (2.2 apg)
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Men's basketball
Representing  United States
FIBA U19 World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1987 Bormio Team competition

LaBradford Corvey Smith (born April 3, 1969) is an American former professional basketball player.


Smith went to Bay City High School in Bay City, Texas. He played collegiately at the University of Louisville before being selected by the Washington Bullets in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 1991 NBA draft.[1]

Smith played in three NBA seasons from 1991 to 1994. His best year as a pro came during the 1992–93 season as a member of the Bullets, when he appeared in 69 games and averaged 9.3 ppg. During the 1993–94 season, he was waived by the Bullets and spent the rest of the season playing for the Sacramento Kings. He later on played in the CBA[2] and overseas in Europe.

Smith is known for scoring 37 points on Michael Jordan in a road game against the Chicago Bulls on March 19, 1993. He shot 15–20 from the floor, and 7–7 from the foul line. However, the Bullets lost 104–99. Jordan claimed Smith had the audacity to say "Nice game, Mike" after the game. The following day the teams played again in Washington D.C. Jordan proceeded to score 36 points in the first half as retribution for the alleged slight from the previous day. It turns out “Nice game, Mike” was never actually said, but was a made up story by Michael Jordan to motivate himself to perform better against Smith.[3][4]


  1. ^ John Marx (31 December 1994). "Smith hopes to fire up talents". The Rock Island Argus. p. D2. Retrieved 21 February 2024 – via access icon
  2. ^ John Marx (11 April 1995). "Befuddled 'Bradford a QC boon". The Dispatch. pp. D1, D3. Retrieved 21 February 2024 – via access icon
  3. ^ Adande, J.A. (14 September 2009). "Jordan's speech just another MJ dagger". Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  4. ^ Sam Smith (13 October 1993). "A lesson in excellence, a statement of pride, a show of force". Chicago Tribune. p. 157. Retrieved 21 February 2024 – via access icon

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