NBA vet: 'Boxing causes too much pain'

Even as he harbors hopes to return to the NBA for a 16th season, swingman Kendall Gill pursues life as a pro boxer.

Originally Published: December 13, 2005
By Teri Berg | Special to ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- The first question for every professional athlete who leaves his longtime best sport to test the waters of another sport is this: Is this for real, or just a self-serving stunt?

When it's a stunt -- such as when Joe Louis entered the wrestling ring, or when 7-foot-7 Manute Bol rode a horse, or when the NFL's William "The Refrigerator" Perry boxed -- we'd rather avert our eyes. The dignity lost performing such antics far outweighs whatever is gained.

But for anyone who's serious, ...

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