Spiderman Sensation Zendaya Revealed Her Father’s Insane Ambitions To Make Her NBA’s First Female Player

Published 12/16/2021, 10:30 AM EST


The latest Spiderman movie has the entire entertainment industry buzzing with curiosity. The multiverse coming together is not the only crossover that would come out from this movie. The sensational actress Zendaya once revealed an insane fact that would have any Marvel and NBA fan shocked.

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According to sources, Zendaya revealed in 2014 that her father wanted her to be the first woman in the NBA. You read that right, Zendaya, the breakout actress from this Spiderman series could have been in the NBA.

The actress made her voice-acting debut in the movie Super Buddies. However, she made her breakthrough in Hollywood through this Spiderman series itself. It is almost unbelievable to think that she could be on a completely different career path had she listened to her father.

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Since the NBA does not have any explicit rule against women playing in the league, could it have been that Zendaya became a professional basketball player with the NBA?

Zendaya reveals a bizarre fact about her career choices as a teenager

In 2014, Zendaya revealed to the US Weekly Magazine that her father wanted her to be the first woman in the NBA. We should not confuse this with her being in WNBA. Rather, her father wanted her to play in the original NBA league. Nothing in the NBA rulebook disallows a woman from being drafted into the NBA.

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LeBron James reacted to the possibility of women playing in the NBA

In 2009, former NBA commissioner David Stern state that within the span of a decade, women will be able to play in the league. While he was wrong, NBA superstars predicted this from before.

A young LeBron James from Cleveland reacted,“Ten years? That’s like right around the corner. I’ll be 34 and I’ll still be in the NBA. I think ten years is a little pushing it. I love all sports, I love watching the girls, especially in the Olympics and in the WNBA. They’re great and there are a lot of great players. But ten years? I think that’s pushing it.”

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Nov 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) looks on in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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