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    23 Images That Tell The Legendary Tale Of Bryant "Big Country" Reeves

    A long time ago, when goofy white centers ruled the NBA, Bryant Reeves was the goofiest and the whitest.

    1. Ladies and gentlemen: The most iconic NBA nickname of the past quarter-century!

    2. The nickname 'Big Country' was born during Reeves' freshman season in college after he was awed by his first cross-country flight.

    3. Unlimited ginger ale and peanuts must have had quite the effect on him.

    4. He was a two-time All-American at Oklahoma St and led the Cowboys to the 1995 Final Four.

    5. America quickly fell in love...

    6. And so did Canada!

    7. The Vancouver Grizzlies drafted Big Country with the 6th overall pick in the 1995 draft.

    8. He embodied the ferociousness of a grizzly bear...

    9. As well as the cute playfulness.

    10. In 1997 Big Country was a budding star, averaging 16.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.08 blocks per game.

    11. The workhorse from Gans, Oklahoma seemed destined to carry the Vancouver Grizzlies to greatness.

    12. Look at that focus...

    13. That's the kind of focus that earns you a massive $61.8 million contract.

    14. And one of the most inexplicably dominant characters in sports video game history.

    15. However, his back problems and weight issues eventually caused him to lose a step.

    16. And his contract became known as one of the worst in NBA history.

    17. Forcing him to declare early retirement in 2001. The world wept.

    18. But an athlete with a great nickname never truly retires.

    19. Big Country became a gift that just kept giving.

    20. Reeves' place in history is secure as the man behind the BEST facial expressions in card history.

    21. Big Country will always be in demand!

    22. He still has time for his fans.

    23. Never forget No.50.