In his basketball career, former Washington center Todd MacCulloch made his mark as a sizable presence in the paint. It’s a sharp contrast to his second career, one that requires dexterity and reflexes belying MacCulloch’s size: professional pinball player.
“I was never very good at pinball, but I always liked it,” MacCulloch told Sports Illustrated for a July 2011 “Where Are They Now?” profile.
Indeed, MacCulloch’s home in Bainbridge Island, WA — which he shares with his wife, Jana, and their children Carmen and Dylan — contains 80 pinball and arcade machines. His passion for pinball runs so deep that he hosted the International Flipper Pinball Association world championship at his house this past summer.
With the Huskies, the Winnipeg native was a two-time First Team All-Pac-10 performer. He led the nation in field goal percentage as a sophomore, junior and senior — becoming just the second player to accomplish the feat.
In the NBA, MacCulloch played in back-to-back Finals (2001 with the 76ers and 2002 with the Nets) before being forced into early retirement at age 27 due to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neuromuscular disorder that affected his feet.
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