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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg October 2011

The first two weeks of the NBA season may have been called off, but that doesn't mean fans can't get their pro basketball fix elsewhere.

For sale right now on AutoTrader is a 2005 Cadillac Escalade that once belonged to Portland Trail Blazer Point Guard Raymond Felton.

Felton was picked up by the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the draft in 2005. He spent five years with the team and was traded to the Knicks last year. A mid-season trade meant he would split his time between New York and the Denver Nuggets.

If the NBA season actually happens this year, Felton will wear Portland's colors, but today's Escalade is listed for sale out of North Carolina, where he spent the bulk of his pro career.

Not satisfied with the way the Escalade came from the factory, Felton had the car modified to fit his tastes. The basketball player had the car fitted with a set of 26 inch chrome wheels from Giovanna. The wheels alone cost in the neighborhood of $4,000 but the ball player wasn't done yet.

An aftermarket grill was added and the taillights were smoked out to match the Escalade's dark paint.

The 2005 Escalade wasn't available from the factory with the black interior that Felton wanted, so he had the seats redone in a black and suede combination. While the seats were done, a custom logo of a basketball and North Carolina was stitched into the headrests.

From there, the big Caddy's interior got even darker as he had the factory wood paneling replaced with an extensive black marble trim kit.

The headrest logo is continued out back on a custom sub-woofer box that sits next to a miniature hardwood court.

Elevating an SUV to true baller status means installing TVs and Felton wouldn't just settle for some small in-dash screen.

"He has a huge TV in the dash, and one in the back" said Toby Durham who is selling the truck out of Durham's Auto Mart, "Since the TV is so big they had to move the air conditioning to fit it... They did a lot of work."

Having the best TVs in the world doesn't mean much if you don't have anything to play on them. Not to worry, the Escalade has been fitted with a satellite receiver that can pull over 185 channels of DirecTV.

The dealer is listing the truck for $24,995, which is a bit more than the KBB asking price for an unmodified Escalade, but few other Escalades will be anything like this truck and there is nothing with its history.

See the listing here.  Check out the archived copy after it sells.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
For Sale on AutoTrader: Basketball Player's Custom Escalade - Autotrader