By Mark Kabinsky-USA TODAY SportsThe NBA star Bob Marleys 100th birthday is coming sooner than you might think.
According to a new ESPN article, the Hall of Famer is set to make his debut with the Boston Celtics on Sunday, Dec. 8.
The story is based on a report from ESPN Boston that notes that Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck has said he’d be happy to host Marley at some point in the near future.
The NBA Hall of Fame forward is the oldest active player on the league’s active roster and one of only two players in league history to average more than 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game for three consecutive seasons.
Marley is also one of just four players in NBA history to score more than 100 points in five consecutive seasons and one player in league-history to score at least 100 points four times in a season.
While he’s the oldest player in the league, Marley isn’t the oldest.
He’s only a little over one year older than the average NBA player.
Marleys oldest teammate and longtime teammate, Tim Duncan, is also only 28 years old.NBA commissioner Adam Silver has already said he expects to have Marley officially inducted into the Basketball Hall of and he will be one of the first players to do so, per ESPN.
The Celtics have a strong supporting cast for Marley, including All-Star forward Kevin Garnett, star power forward Paul Pierce, All-NBA guard Paul George and star power center Rajon Rondo.
But their roster is still a work in progress.
Marbles presence is likely a major reason why the Celtics have made the playoffs for the last four years, and he’s already proven he can play at a high level.
Marlys longevity could be a huge factor for Boston.
He’s a Hall of Famer in the makingHe was born on July 4, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, to a poor, single mom who struggled to get by financially.
When he was a young man, he attended a private school with his older sister and two older brothers, but the family moved to Los Angeles in 1957 when he was three.
In his 20s, Marleys career sputtered.
He started a new job as a carpenter in L.A. and spent two years at a warehouse in Las Vegas before being fired after failing a drug test.
Marley never returned to Los Angels, but he moved back to Brooklyn when he saw a local radio station that was looking for someone to play on the radio, so he applied to play in the NBA.
The Celtics took a chance on him and he made the team in 1957.
The next season, the Celtics swept the Houston Rockets in the Eastern Conference finals and Marley made his NBA debut as a rookie.
He averaged 18.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Marleys play on a team that includes three Hall of famers: Kevin McHale, Paul Pierce and Rajon Richard.
He has played with the Celtics four other times, including the 2001 All-Stars team that was coached by McHale.
The only player to average double-digit points, rebounds and assists in each of the last three seasons is the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker, who is a Hall-of-Famer in his own right.