James Donaldson, a former NBA All-Star center and owner of three fitness clinics, says he is running for Seattle mayor, according to the Seattle Times' mini-Wolf Blitzers.
The 51-year-old Donaldson, who played 14 seasons in the NBA including three with the SuperSonics, is 7-feet-2-inches tall. No one will answer my Yahoo! question, but Jimmy Shapiro of Sports Radio Interviews believes that, if voted in, Donaldson would become the tallest elected official in U.S. history. Seems like a pretty safe bet.
(Quirky giant/mayor story: At the age of nine, Robert Wadlow — the tallest man in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence — was able to carry his father Harold, later the Mayor of Alton, Illinois up the stairs of the family home. Yes, you're welcome.)
"People take a look at me and I think they quickly put me in a category where they think I belong, or where they think I might have come out of," Donaldson told Seattle's KJR radio on Friday. "But sports didn't come to me until real late in my life. I was a senior in high school before I played my first basketball game. Education has always been a big passion of mine and a paramount piece of my life.
"On top of all that, I love people. I love the city I live in and I really feel like this is a great time in my life at 51 years of age to really get involved at another level and make a greater impact, and have a further reach all the way across the state. From Seattle all the way over to WSU and Pullman, working with leaders hand-in-hand making our state better than ever."
Donaldson will be challenging incumbent Greg Nickels, political newcomer Norman Sigler and sex advice columnist Dan Savage for the seat, and says that his first order of business will be — surprise, surprise — bringing the Sonics back to the Emerald City. (Well, there goes David Stern's vote.)
In November, another former NBA player, Kevin Johnson, was elected mayor of Sacramento. But he's only 6-feet tall so ... whatever.