The Name Game
Basketball Twitter discovered a French player named Steeve Ho You Fat and the world will never be the same
On Tuesday, the basketball world stopped and stared as 7’ 5” French phenom and projected number-one-overall draft pick Victor Wembanyama suited up for his first professional basketball game on American soil, squaring off against the G League Ignite and presumptive number-two-overall pick Scoot Henderson just outside Las Vegas. Despite the youth and star power on show, however, it was a 34-year-old French journeyman who stole all the headlines. His name?
Steeve Ho You Fat.
Yep, this is a real person’s real name. Ho You Fat (it really never gets old typing that) is a fourteen-year veteran of the LNB Pro A, the top basketball league in France. It’s almost inconceivable, in today’s day and age, that France was able to keep this man a secret from American basketball fans—who absolutely live for this sh*t—for almost a decade and a half, but the cat is finally, gloriously out of the bag. Pandora’s Box is opened. We can never go back. Why would we want to?
So there you have it, folks. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. Don’t waste a moment … unless of course you’re hunting for a Ho You Fat jersey on ebay.