Brother, Where Art Thou?

Former NBA center Bison Dele sailed to the end of the earth to start a new life. It wasn't far enough

Even before he abruptly quit professional basketball, Bison Dele was a 6-ft. 10-in. enigma. He was powerful on the basketball court, but off it he was reserved. He loved skydiving, but he was also a bookworm who spent hours poring over art and philosophy texts. He earned millions but was known to arrive at work on a skateboard. And in 1998 he changed his given name, Brian Williams, to Bison Dele, as a tribute to his Native American and African ancestors.

Dele recovered from depression and a 1992 suicide attempt to play eight seasons with five teams, including a stint with...

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