4'5'' Jahmani Swanson Is "Michael Jordan of Dwarf Basketball"

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Jahmani Swanson is only 4 feet, 5 inches, but he stands tall among basketball players -- even those who are a couple feet taller than him.

The 29-year-old from New York, who was born with a form of dwarfism, plays pro-league with a team of dwarfs, but has not problem taking on players almost twice his size. 

"People think if they're bigger than me they can post me up, but just because I'm small it doesn't mean I'm weak," Swanson told Barcroft TV/ "I face it when I'm on the street and I face it when I'm on the court but it's a stage and I love showing what I can do."

 Big player: Jahmani Swanson, who is just 4ft5in, takes on one of his friends on the court in New York

Swanson, who has been dubbed the 'Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball', astounds crowds and opponents with his strength, speed and scoring record.

He plays for the New York Towers, a team where all the players are short in stature, but long on proving a point that little people can play with the big boys.

Celebrity fans: The 29-year-old baller posing with David Beckham, one of his many celebrity fans

Swansoni can also count celebrities like David Beckham amongst his many supporters, and has played alongside the likes of actor Jamie Foxx and musician R Kelly.

Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian both loved my videos and loved my game so they wanted to hang out with me. He was a really good player and she was really fun — and of course beautiful,” he said.

'The Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball': Jahmani posing with friends in the gym in Brooklyn

His hero as a youngster was Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan and he said he’s sure he’d be in the NBA if he were a few inches taller, but that he wouldn’t change a thing about his life.

“I know God has blessed me with my talent. Basketball has got me to where I am in life and it’s going to keep giving me more,” he said.

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