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7’1 Thon Maker gave up his legroom on a flight just to be nice

Thon Maker may be a ruthless defender when he swats opponents’ shot attempts on the basketball court, but off the floor, he’s as kind as they come. The Milwaukee Bucks big man proved as much when he traded his Economy Plus seat on a flight to parts unknown for the worst seat in the house: The very last row next to the bathroom.

Alex Killorn Limited Jersey The story goes something like this: Maker missed his original flight to Milwaukee and had to catch the next one. He sat in a first-class seat, but the person whose seat he took eventually boarded the flight. United Airlines bumped Maker up to Economy Plus — after all, he’s 7’1 and can use all the legroom he can get.

This will be Beasley’s 10th season in the league, although his previous two only happened after stints in China wrapped up. Last year was the first time in three years that Beasley spent his entire time in the NBA, and he would have played more if not for a nasty last season knee injury that caused him to miss 17 games.

Beasley was largely effective off the bench for the Bucks, averaging 9.4 points on 53 percent from the field and even 42 percent on three-pointers on limited attempts.

Mike Evans Limited Jersey For the Knicks, Beasley may be a starter, assuming Carmelo Anthony is traded before opening day (like it appears he will be). He’s a combo forward, able to play either spot effectively with his 6’9 frame, too quick for big men to match him and too big for smaller forwards in the post. He’s still Beasley — occasionally prone to dumb shots and forced jumpers — but now turning 29, he’s more mature than he has ever been. As an offensive sparkplug, he has some real value.