Clint Capela is a professional Swiss basketballer who is known for his ability to aptly utilize almost 100% of the chances he gets on the court to score. Fans have often joked that he is the ‘never faltering dude’. He is also admired for his explosiveness on the court and raw strength that made him one of the best finishers around the hoop.
Capela has been hailed as a survivor and a mentally strong person, having been able to ultimately give himself a good life despite coming from a really poor background. Clint Capela now plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA.
Who Is Clint Capela?
Clint N’Dumba Capela was born on the 18th of May, 1994 in Geneva, one of the most populous cities in Switzerland and was raised by his mother. Lots of details about his early life have not been provided but we do know that he initially did not want to become a basketball player; he wanted to be a footballer and started by playing soccer with friends. However, Because he was so tall, his brother advised him to go into basketball instead and this is what he did.
As an aspiring basketball player, Clint Capela started out by watching videos of other players and learning the basics from them. He then took part in the European Junior Championships and played so well that scouts took note of him and he eventually joined the Chalon-sur-Saone training center. A while later, when he was 15 years old, he became a member of the Chalon EuroLeague basketball team.
Capela declared for the NBA in 2014 and was selected by Houston Rockets as the 25th overall pick of the draft that year. During the 2014-2015 season, which was his rookie season, Clint Capela played more often in the D-League. However, when the 2015-2016 season began, he eventually became a part of the Houston Rockets rotation.
Over time, he has grown to become one of the most important players in the Houston Rockets who is adored by fans and teammates. In fact, in 2018, because of his enormous strides, he was handed a five-year contract with the club which is worth a massive $90 million.
At the moment, Clint Capela continues to play for the Houston Rockets and is considered a force to reckon on the court considering his raw strength as well as shooting precision and power.
1. He has ties to Angola and Congo
Although Clint Capela is a Swiss man, he has Angolan and Congolese roots. This is because the athlete was born to an Angolan father and a Congolese mother. His parents met in Switzerland when they emigrated there and he was born years later.
According to sources, the basketballer has one step-brother called Fabrice Capela and one elder brother called Landry. When his mother first came to Switzerland, she already had a husband with whom she had Fabrice. However, they split and she fell in love with an Angolan man with whom she later had Landry. Shortly after having Landry, she got pregnant with Clint. However, shortly before he was born, his father left the family, leaving his mother all alone. To this day, Capela does not know his father.
Being left alone with three boys, Capela’s mother could not cope with the pressure and so Clint and Landry eventually landed in an orphanage home. It was while at the orphanage that he had his elementary education and started to play soccer. But, his brother encouraged him to give basketball a try considering his very tall height.
2. He Paid Off His Mother’s Debt When He Began Playing Basketball
Despite not growing up with his mother, Capela never forgot the woman and often saw her from time to time. When he eventually began playing basketball and signed with the Houston Rockets, Clint Capela sent a huge chunk of the money he made to his mother who was neck-deep in tax debt, so that she could clear up her taxes.
According to sources, his mother had been working in a factory for as many as 30 years but owed taxes, a situation which warranted her to keep working. However, when he started making money, he cleared up the woman’s taxes and made sure that she finally retired.
Over the years, Clint Capela has made quite a lot of money during his basketball career. His current contract with the Houston Rockets which he signed on the 27th of July, 2018 is for five years and is worth a massive $90 million. The interesting thing is that his contract also comes with some extra incentives worth about $10 million as well as a guaranteed sum of a whopping $80 million. The athlete’s annual salary is approximately $16 million.
4. Body Measurements
As expected of the basketball player, Clint Capela is a very tall man. The athlete often towers over almost anyone he meets because of his height. Right from when he was a very young child, he was taller than all the other kids at the orphanage and so when he began playing soccer, his brother advised him to take advantage of his height and play basketball.
He now stands at 6 feet 10 inches in height. He is also said to weigh 109 kg or 240 lbs.
Even though he has made quite a lot of fame as a basketball player, nothing is yet to be heard about Capela’s romantic relationships. A bit reserved and quiet, the athlete is known to be very private about his personal life. At the moment, it is not certain if he is in a relationship with anyone or not.