When most think of actor and comedian Sinbad, many probably don’t think of basketball. However, as he revealed in an interview with VLADTV, he was actually quite sought after as a college basketball prospect, apparently receiving over 70 scholarship offers. He was even recruited to the Air Force Academy by then-assistant coach Gregg Popovich during his very first coaching gig.
After a visit to the campus, Sinbad would ultimately decline the future Spurs head coach’s offer because he didn’t want to shave his afro and go the through the rigors of being a cadet (ironic considering he eventually served in the United States Air Force as a boom operator aboard KC-135 Stratotankers), but the trip did make the Michigan native realize he enjoyed the state of Colorado, so he played for nearby University of Denver from 1974-1978 instead.
Just another funny little story from Pop’s early years when he wasn’t considered one of (if not the) greatest coaches on the planet.