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Dan Majerle
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Shooting guard
small forward
Born September 9, 1965 (1965-09-09) (age 44)
Traverse City, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
High school Traverse City
College Central Michigan
Draft 14th overall, 1988
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1988–2002
Former teams Phoenix Suns (1988–1995, 2001–2002)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1995–1996)
Miami Heat (1996–2001)
Awards 3-Time NBA All-Star
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Bronze 1988 Seoul National team
World Championships
Gold 1994 Canada National team

Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced /ˈmɑrliː/; born September 9, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. Known by his fans as "Thunder Dan," "Dan the Man," and "Dan the Tan," he played 14 years in the NBA, primarily with the Phoenix Suns, also with the Miami Heat and, briefly, the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for the US national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.[1]

Biography

Majerle was born in Traverse City, Michigan. He starred for Traverse City High School (now Traverse City Central High School) and Central Michigan University.

The Phoenix Suns selected Majerle with the 14th pick of the 1988 NBA Draft, which the Suns acquired (along with Kevin Johnson) in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Larry Nance. During the draft, he was promptly booed when his name was announced over the public address system. Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons publicly chastised the Suns fans and told them that they would be sorry they ever booed Dan Majerle. His prediction was evident as Majerle was one of the most popular players throughout the years he played in the NBA and was capped on April 17, 2002 when he officially retired in his second stint as a member of the Phoenix Suns.

His nickname originated from his "thunderous" dunks in his early career, but as he grew older his style of play transitioned to that of a perimeter shooter and defensive specialist. He was one of the Suns better 3-point threats during their '90s playoff runs.

Majerle found his niche as the sixth man off the bench. He was voted an all-star starter by the fans in 1992, the first time in NBA history a starter on the all-star team wasn't even a starter on their own team (Kobe Bryant became the second NBA player to achieve this feat during the 1997-98 season). He eventually made his way into the starting lineup and continued his great level of play there.

Majerle was inducted into the Suns' "Ring of Honor" on March 9, 2003. In 2006, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Majerle is currently an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns.

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