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Sports Birthdays for July 23 — Nomar Garciaparra and More

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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 23:

Gary Payton
Age: 44
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A nine-time NBA All-Star point guard, Gary Payton was a skilled defender and proficient scorer for the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat from 1990 to 2007. Payton was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team a record nine times. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. In addition to being a member of the U.S. team that won gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, Payton was with the Miami Heat when they won the 2006 NBA championship.

Dimitri Khristich
Age: 43
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star, Dimitri Khristich played right wing for the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins during a playing career that spanned 811 games from 1984 to 2004.

Nomar Garciaparra
Age: 39
Profession: Retired MLB Player / Analyst
Best Known For: A six-time All-Star shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra played with the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics from 1996 to 2009. While with the Red Sox, Garciaparra won the 1997 American League Rookie of the Year award. He is married to U.S. women’s soccer player Mia Hamm. Garciaparra currently serves as an analyst for ESPN.

Gerald Wallace
Age: 30
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A 2010 NBA All-Star, Gerald Wallace has played small forward for the Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets from 2011 to 2012. He was named to the All-NBA Defensive Team in 2010. Wallace has participated in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest several times during his career.

Brandon Roy
Age: 28
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A three-time NBA All-Star shooting guard, Brandon Roy played for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2006 to 2011 before retiring because of a degenerative knee condition. Roy decided to return to the NBA after the 2011-12 season, signing a two-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Roy was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2007 with Portland.

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