Soumaila Samake

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Soumaila Samake
Personal information
Born (1978-03-18) March 18, 1978 (age 39)
Bougouni, Mali
Nationality Malian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 1996–2012
Position Center
Career history
1996–1997 KK Idrija
1997–1999 Geoplin Slovan
1999 Union Olimpija
1999–2000 Cincinnati Stuff
2000–2001 New Jersey Nets
2001–2002 Orlandina Basket
2002 Los Angeles Lakers
2002–2003 Greenville Groove
2004 Detal Inowroclaw
2004–2006 Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones
2006 Geoplin Slovan
2006–2007 Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones
2007 Ohod Al Madina
2007–2008 Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones
2008 BEEM Mazandaran
2008 Zain
2008–2010 Jilin Northeast Tigers
2010 Mornar Bar
2010–2011 Caspian Qazvin
2011–2012 Quebec Kebs

Soumaila Samake (born March 18, 1978) is a retired Malian professional basketball player. A 7'0" tall center, he was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft, and played for the Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 68 points and grabbed 76 rebounds in 47 NBA games between 2000 and 2003.

While playing with the Lakers in 2002, Samake was suspended five games after testing positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. Samake said that he had accidentally ingested the substance while taking a dietary supplement.[1] He was only the third NBA player suspended for steroids, following Don MacLean and Matt Geiger.[2]

On November 29, 2011, it was announced that the National Basketball League of Canada's Quebec Kebs had signed Samake to their active roster.[3]


  1. ^ Lakers' Samake suspended for steroids. Sporting News. November 12, 2002. Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Liz Robbins. "N.B.A. Union Strikes Deal for Supplements". New York Times. November 17, 2006. Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "Transactions". National Basketball League of Canada. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 

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