Mr. Ellison, who routinely ditched schoolwork for basketball practice during his high-school years in Chicago, has yet to break into a major American sport. His top sporting accomplishment has come in the America’s Cup, which his team won in 2013.
The Oracle chief has had basketball courts on at least two of his yachts, said Tom Ehman, who handles America’s Cup matters for Mr. Ellison. He said Mr. Ellison liked to relax by shooting hoops, and has had someone in a powerboat following the yacht to retrieve balls that go overboard.
Oh to employ someone on a powerboat to retrieve your basketballs that go overboard when shooting hoops on your yacht.