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Ex-Sixer Todd MacCulloch in pinball championships

Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 11:19 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


As an NBA player, Todd MacCulloch's high score was 29 points. In his new line of "work" that number is surely considerably higher. Somewhere in the millions, probably.

MacCulloch, a Canadian who played four seasons at center for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, has taken up professional pinball in the years since his retirement from the NBA. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that MacCulloch is one of more than 400 participants competing for the World Pinball Championships title near Pittsburgh this week.
When standing over a pinball machine, Todd MacCulloch, who is 7 feet tall, cuts a striking figure. As he approached the 10 machines in the B division bank Wednesday afternoon, several of his fellow competitors did double-takes.

Mr. MacCulloch, 35, retired from the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association eight years ago for medical reasons and resettled in Bainbridge Island, Wash. He's now a full-time father to his two children and a part-time competitor on the professional pinball circuit.

"I always loved pinball growing up," he said as he sat near the front entrance, collecting nods and greetings from competitors he has encountered on the circuit before. "Now that I can't compete [in the NBA], pinball has filled that void of camaraderie."

According to his profile, MacCulloch is currently the No. 193 player in the world and has already competed in at least five tournaments this year. 

MacCulloch averaged 6.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in his four-year NBA career, which ended in 2002-2003. reports that MacCulloch netted more than $27 million in NBA earnings. A recent Washington Post story noted that his pinball earnings, as of December 2008, totaled $700.


Image credit: Getty Images via The Dagger.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:45 am

Ex-Sixer Todd MacCulloch in pinball championships

No he ate A.I. after getting sick of hearing his "We talkin bout Practice" lecture while trying to master The Addams Family. Go get em Todd!

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:02 am

Ex-Sixer Todd MacCulloch in pinball championships

His head doesn't fit his body...

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:42 pm

Ex-Sixer Todd MacCulloch in pinball championships

WOW! It's official, this article signifies that there is absolutely nothing left in the basketball world worth discussing. 

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:42 pm
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