John Amaechi explains how he fell in love with the NBA for #MyNBAStory

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Everybody has their own NBA origin story, from the aesthetic beauty of a three-point shot or slam dunk, the insane intensity of game-winning shot to the off-field culture that has developed through time, there is a lot of reasons to love the league.

For Great Britain international Luol Deng it was the fierce desire of everyone at his local club the Brixton Topcats that drove him to focus on reaching the NBA. We brought you his story 11 days ago as part of the NBA's #MyNBAStory, that offers one lucky fan the chance to win a trip to the 2017 All-Star weekend in New Orleans.

Tell us the story of how you became a fan of the game, by using the hashtags #MyNBAStory and #Contest on either Facebook or Twitter, and be in with a chance of winning a once in a lifetime trip to Louisianna to take in the biggest weekend of the NBA season.


Fellow Brit John Amaechi, who played in the association for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz, told us how a boy from Stockport can fall in love with the game and make it all the way to the biggest stage in the United States.

He said: "I originally played the game by accident. A man came up to me on the street and told me I could be great at it. I thought it was intoxicating the idea that I could be great at something, and so great that my entire country would have to pay attention. And I leapt into that full bore from the beginning.

"There were lots of moments when I thought it just couldn't happen. The first time I realised how big America was, how everybody in the country wanted to play in the NBA - in my head - and how it seems ridiculous for a fat kid from Stockport in England to make it in the States."


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