Although many people desire to play in the NBA, only a few people eventually make it. NBA is one of the most competitive leagues and only the best of the best are selected to play each year.
However, beyond the basketball skills that brought these players to the NBA in the first place, some of them possess several other skills that might not be needed on the court but nevertheless are important. For instance, some basketball players are known to not only speak one language but can speak as many as three to five languages fluently. Are you ready to find out who these multitalented players are? Then keep watching this video!
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Without further ado, let’s start with the list of NBA players who speaks at least 4 languages or more.
1. Kobe Bryant
NBA legend Kobe Bryant will be remembered forever as one of the greatest basketball players of all time but what most people don’t know about him is that he’s also a polyglot. In other words, Bryant was fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish. He grew up in Italy and that was where he picked up Italian and Spanish. During press conferences, Bryant would often answer international journalists in the native language. In one of the conferences, he spoke Chinese and he knows how to speak a little Serbian.
2. Luka Doncic
In the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year, Luka Doncic is one of the few players who can speak multiple languages. Doncic can speak Slovenian, Spanish, English, and Serbian as the fourth language. This is probably because he was born in Slovenia, started his professional career with Real Madrid, and now plays for the Dallas Mavericks. Just like Bryant, he sometimes answers foreign journalists in their native languages too.
3. Dikembe Mutombo
The former NBA player and eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo is regarded as one of the greatest defensive players of all time. However, beyond his recognition as a great player, he also speaks multiple languages. Being born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he can speak five Central African languages including Lingala, Tshiluba, and Swahili. In addition to this, he speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently.
4. Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman is a polyglot who speaks native Macedonian, Turkish, Serbo-Croatian, and English. His ability to speak multiple languages can be traced back to his birth. He was born to a Turkish father and a Bosniak mother in Macedonia.
5. Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka is a player for the Los Angeles Clippers and he speaks four different languages. He speaks the native Lingala, French, Spanish, and English. He probably picked up Spanish after living in Spain for four years.
6. Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo just like Dikembe Mutombo. However, that is not the only thing he shares with Mutombo as he also speaks five different languages. The five languages are English, Spanish French, Swahili, and Lingala.
7. Hakeem Olajuwon
The basketball legend Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the greatest players of all time. Apart from the legacy he set on the court, his life outside the court continues to inspire many people all over the world. Olajuwon speaks five different languages fluently. The languages are English, French, Arabic, the Nigerian languages of Yoruba, and the native Ekiti.
8. Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic of the Toronto Raptor is a polyglot who speaks four different languages. He has a Slovenian mother and a Serbian father and he has played professional basketball in Spain before entering the NBA in 2008. So this explains why he speaks Spanish, English, Slovenian, and Serbian.
9. Vlatko Čančar
The Denver Nuggets forward, Vlatko Cancar, may not be one of the most popular players in the league, but he’s one of the few players who can speak multiple languages. Cancar speaks four languages including the native Slovenian, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, and English.
10. Clint Capela
Finally, among the players who speak at least four languages is Clint Capela. The Atlanta Hawk player speaks French, English, and German including the language of his parents.
Some other players that are worth mentioning in this video are those who understand and speak three different languages.
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