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Doug Christie
Shooting guard
Born May 9, 1970 (1970-05-09) (age 39)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
High school Mark Morris,
Rainier Beach
College Pepperdine
Draft 17th overall, 1992
Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career 1993–2007
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (1993–1994)
New York Knicks (1994–1996)
Toronto Raptors (1996–2000)
Sacramento Kings (2000–2005)
Orlando Magic (2005)
Dallas Mavericks (2005)
Los Angeles Clippers (2007)
For the Canadian lawyer of the same name, see Doug Christie (lawyer).

Douglas Dale Christie (born May 9, 1970, in Seattle, Washington) is a retired American basketball player.


Early life

Christie is the son of John and Norma Christie. He was raised in Seattle by his mother Norma Christie.

He began playing street ball at a young age, but it was under the guidance of Mark Morris coach Dave Denny that his game took off.

"Once I came there, and I put that with the street side of basketball, I noticed great strides," he said. "I was learning the basics of basketball -- the things you don't learn on the playground."

Christie played basketball in eighth grade at Cascade Middle School and for Mark Morris High School during his freshman and sophomore years. He had moved to Longview to live with his father, former Mark Morris track star John Malone.[1] He later attended Seattle's Rainier Beach High School. In 1988, his senior year at Beach he led the school's varsity boys' basketball team to their first-ever Washington State championship. He then went on to Pepperdine University (studying sociology[1]), where he gained national exposure.


Christie was selected 17th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. However, because of contract difficulties, he never played for the Sonics and was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers later that season, where he was used sparingly. In 1994, the Lakers traded him to the New York Knicks. Again, he was not played often. In 1996, he was again traded mid-season, this time to the Toronto Raptors. He stayed with the Raptors until the conclusion of the season in 2000. By then Christie had picked up his scoring and had been a consistent starter for the Raptors.

In Sacramento, Christie became the Kings' popular starting shooting guard and developed into one of the league's best defenders, perennially named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team; also he was recognised as one of the best 3pt-shooters during this time. In 2004, however, he was traded to the Orlando Magic for Cuttino Mobley. Christie was unhappy about the trade and played only a few games before being sidelined with bone spurs. Following Christie's ankle surgery, the Orlando Magic released him on August 11, 2005 under the new NBA collective bargaining agreement one-time amnesty clause. Christie signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks shortly thereafter.

Due to a slow healing surgically repaired left ankle, Christie was waived by the Dallas Mavericks on November 25, 2005, signaling his impending retirement. He had left the team the week prior to have his surgically repaired left ankle examined by his personal physician.[2] In seven games with the Dallas Mavericks, Christie averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 assists. In January 2007, Christie attempted a comeback when he signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.[3] After the all star break, Christie, on his second 10-day contract, decided to part ways with the team. [4]


In 2002, The New York Times[5] published a feature story in which Doug and his wife Jackie talked about ways the to keep Doug from succumbing to the extramarital temptations that come with the pro athlete lifestyle. The couple re-marry every year on their wedding anniversary, complete with guests and festivities.

In reaction to the story, ESPN columnist Bill Simmons wrote, "If you were granted [a] TV wish, wouldn't it be for an "Osbournes"-style reality-TV show called "The Christies"?"[6] Simmons got his wish in 2006, when Black Entertainment Television's BET J[1] launched the reality show The Christies Committed, featuring the struggle to balance family and celebrity life.


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