Larger than real life

July 09, 2011

Mark Eaton (and others) on the complications of living as a retired 7-footer.

The curve shaped by the CDC's available statistics… allow[s] one to estimate the number of American men between the ages of 20 and 40 who are 7 feet or taller: fewer than 70 in all. Which indicates, by further extrapolation, that while the probability of, say, an American between 6'6" and 6'8" being an NBA player today stands at a mere 0.07%, it's a staggering 17% for someone 7 feet or taller.

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