Two Nigerians, Andre Iguodala, Festus Ezeli Are 2015 NBA Finals Champions

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Two Nigerian nationals and professional basketball players, Andre Iguodala and Festus Ifeanyi Ezeli made NBA history on Tuesday night with the Golden State Warriors after they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015 NBA Championship title.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16:  The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after winning Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 16: The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after winning Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Andre Iguodala (31), has played his 11th year in the league. He was named the 2015 Finals MVP due to his inspiring performances which helped his team Warriors to win three straight games to hand the California-Bay Area side a 4-2 series victory over Cavaliers and avoiding Game 7 which would have taken place in Oakland.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16:  Stephen Curry #30 and Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 16: Stephen Curry #30 and Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The 6ft-6 Andre Tyler Iguodala was born in Springfield, Illinois to a Nigerian father from Benin City, Edo State and an African-American mother .

 

Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) hugs the trophy after winning basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) hugs the trophy after winning basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Festus Ezeli was born to Nigerian parents in Benin City and grew up there. He left the city for the United States after completing his secondary school education at the age of 14. He neither played nor understood the game of basketball until he arrived in the states.

 

 

 

 

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