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Felipe Lopez There are a lot of Latin Americans in the United States Most just blend in with everyone else and get normal jobs and live a normal American life On the other hand there are sometimes those special people that make it big and become famous because of a talent of theirs Felipe Lopez is a professional basketball player who plays for the Vancouver Grizzlies He has had a very successful life He started out as a small Dominican Republic boy who loved basketball and he has now transformed his life into becoming a pro basketball superstar Felipe was born in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic on December 19th 1974 As a young boy he grew up in a big family His parents were Carmen Maria Lopez Alix and Luis Felipe Lopez Garcia He was in a family of four children He had two brothers and one sister His brothers are Anderson and Anthony His sister is Sayunara He has many nicknames such as Lipe Tinaja La Manquina and El Senor He got these names as a kid and they have stuck with him ever since When he was 13 his family moved to Manhattan New York where he continued to play basketball for Rice High School By his senior year in high school he was the number 1 high school player in the nation and was named High school player of the year When his high school years were up his basketball life was well from being over Even before he started his freshmen year in college he was put on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the top freshmen in the country He was recruited by St Johns in 1993 He was one of the best players in St Johns history
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