Journeyman post participant who produced his NBA debut in 2003 for the LA Lakers; called Big Ten Participant of the entire year during his mature year on the School of Illinois. He was a McDonald’s SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL All-American in 1999. He was chosen 24th general in the 2003 NBA Draft with the Lakers. He wedded his longtime partner, Victoria Velasquez, on July 4, 2009. Being a rookie in the Lakers he was the back-up middle behind Shaquille O’Neal.