Current Chiefs run stopper was once a hoop star



November 8, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Reggie Ragland comes up with a crucial interception during the AFC Championship game on Jan. 20. JILL TOYOSHIBA/KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You might know that a basketball hoop hangs in the Chiefs’ practice locker room, above the entrance to the bathroom.

Someone has even taped what presumably is supposed to be a 3-point line — though it’s straight, not arched — to the floor. A few basketballs are always available, and there is rarely a shortage of professional football players trying to convince someone — anyone — of their hoops skills.

Just the other day, receiver Mecole Hardman was trying trick shots. We made a bet. He now owes me a 10-minute interview because he missed. Defensive lineman Khalen Saunders calls himself “Fat Kyrie,” and to be honest, it’s the perfect nickname for his game. But this is not a story about Chiefs playing pretend basketball in the locker room.

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