George Gervin, nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls. Gervin averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Gervin is regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history. Gervin was raised in Detroit, Michigan, he attended Martin Luther King High School in Detroit. He was a Detroit Free Press All-State selection in 1970. Gervin attended Jr.. High School in Detroit, where he struggled on and off the court until he reached his senior year, when he had a growth spurt and averaged 31 points and 20 rebounds to lead his school to the state quarterfinals. Gervin received a scholarship to play under Coach Jerry Tarkanian at California State University, Long Beach, but he had such a culture shock that he returned home before the first semester was over.
He transferred to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and averaged 29.5 points as a sophomore forward in 1971–72. While competing in an NCAA College Division national semifinal game in Evansville, Gervin punched a Roanoke player. Gervin was suspended for the following season and was removed from the team. Invitations to try out for the Olympic and Pan-American teams were withdrawn. Gervin played for the Pontiac Chaparrals of the Continental Basketball Association, where he was spotted by Johnny Kerr, a scout for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Kerr signed Gervin to the Squires for a $40,000 a year contract. Gervin's time in Virginia would be short-lived, however; the Squires' finances had never been stable, they had been forced to start trading their best players to get enough money to stay alive. In the space of only four months, they traded Julius Erving and Swen Nater for cash and/or draft picks. During the 1974 ABA All-Star Weekend, rumors abounded that the Squires were in talks about dealing Gervin for cash.
The rumors turned out to be true. The ABA tried to block the trade, claiming that by trading their last legitimate star, the Squires were holding a fire sale. However, a court sided with the Spurs. Within two years, the Squires were no more. After two seasons in the ABA, Gervin became NBA eligible in time for the 1974 NBA draft; the Phoenix Suns selected Gervin in the third round with the 40th pick, however Gervin elected to stay in the ABA and kept playing for the Spurs. With Gervin as the centerpiece, the Spurs transformed from a defense-oriented team into an exciting fast-breaking team that played what coach Bob Bass called "schoolyard basketball". Although the Spurs never won an ABA playoff series during Gervin's first three years there, their high-powered offense made them attractive to the NBA, the Spurs joined the more established league as part of the 1976 ABA–NBA merger. Right before the final ABA season, the Spurs had acquired star power forward Larry Kenon via trade, forming an offensively dominant one-two punch of both him and Gervin in order to strengthen their lineup and compete for a championship.
That season they were one win away from advancing to the 1976 ABA Finals without competing in the first round, as they had lost 4-3 to the Julius Erving-led New York Nets, who would win the championship. Gervin's first NBA scoring crown came in the 1977–78 season, when he narrowly edged David Thompson for the scoring title by seven hundredths of a point. Although Thompson came up with a memorable performance for the last game of the regular season, scoring 73 points, Gervin maintained his slight lead by scoring 63 points in a loss during the last game of the regular season. With the scoring crown in hand, he sat out some of the third, all of the fourth quarter. In the 1978–79 NBA season, the Spurs finished 48-34 with the second seed in the Eastern Conference, they had made it past Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round, beating them in seven games as Gervin led the league in playoff scoring with 28.6 ppg. They were one win away from making it to the 1979 NBA Finals as they were up 3-1 against the Washington Bullets in the Conference Finals but collapsed by losing three straight to lose the series.
Kenon would sign with the Bulls after the following season. Despite disappointing playoff eliminations and not making it to the finals, Gervin was committed to the Spurs, showing no frustration towards his teammates, thus living up to his nickname and went on to lead the NBA in scoring average three years in a row from 1978 to 1980, again in 1982. Prior to Michael Jordan, Gervin had the most scoring titles of any guard in league history. In 1981, while sitting out three games due to injury, Gervin's replacement, Ron Brewer, averaged over 30 ppg; when Gervin returned, he scored 40+ points. When asked if he was sending a message, Gervin said, "Just the way the Lord planned it" and added, "Ice be cool". In the 1981–82 season, the Spurs would once again compete for a championship, by the Spurs had just become a Western Conference franchise, finishing second in the conference with a 48-34 record. Gervin carried the team in scoring by leading the league with 29.4 ppg, they had made it back to the Conference Finals but got swept by the number one seeded Los Angeles Lakers who would end up winning the championship that year.
In the 1982 offseason, the Spurs drafted high scoring guard
Nikolaos Georgalis known as either Nikos Galis, or Nick Galis, is a retired Greek professional basketball player. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991, is an inaugural member of the FIBA Hall of Fame and was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors in 2008. Galis is regarded as one of Europe's greatest scorers to play the game, as well as one of the all-time greatest players in FIBA international basketball history. In 2017, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Galis played the point guard position during his college basketball years at Seton Hall University, but turned into a shooting guard as a professional, he spent most of his career before having a late stint with Panathinaikos. He is the EuroLeague's all-time leader in points per game, leading the competition in scoring eight times. In the premier European club scene, he reached the EuroLeague Final Four on four occasions, three consecutive times with Aris, another one with Panathinaikos.
An eight-time Greek league champion, Galis is the Greek Championship's unofficial all-time leading scorer, in both career points scored and career scoring average, counting all league formats. Galis led the senior Greek national team to a EuroBasket gold medal in 1987, as well as to a EuroBasket silver medal in 1989, earning the tournament MVP honor in 1987, being elected to the All-EuroBasket Team four times. Among his myriad accomplishments, he holds the EuroBasket record for highest career scoring average, was the leading scorer of four EuroBasket tournaments in 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991. In addition to that, he holds the FIBA World Cup record for highest career scoring average, as well as for most points scored in a single tournament, which he set at the 1986 FIBA World Cup. Following the stunning success of the EuroBasket title in 1987, he won the Mr. Europa Player of the Year and the Euroscar awards the same year. Nicknamed "Iron Man", "Nick The Greek", "The Gangster", Galis is revered in Greece, where he is considered by many to be the greatest national athlete the country has seen.
His years at Aris lifted Greek basketball from relative obscurity, to global power status, with Galis being the figure that inspired thousands of Greeks to take up the game. Galis was born in New Jersey; the child of a poor immigrant family, from the Greek islands of Rhodes and Nisyros, Galis took up boxing in his early years, after his father, George Georgalis, a boxer in his youth. He was persuaded to give up boxing by his mother, Stella Georgalis, terrified after each time that her son would return home from boxing training with a new facial injury; as a result, Galis started playing the sport of basketball instead of boxing. He attended Union Hill High School, in Union City, where he played high school basketball. After high school, Galis enrolled at Seton Hall University, where he played college basketball as a member of the Seton Hall Pirates. In his senior season, Galis saw his scoring average reach 27.5 points per game, third in the nation, behind Idaho State's Lawrence Butler and Indiana State's Larry Bird, including a 48-point outburst against the University of Santa Clara.
In his senior year of college, Galis won the Haggerty Award, the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year award. The same year, he played in the Pizza Hut All-American game, alongside Bird and Vinnie Johnson. During his 4-year college career, Galis played in a total of 107 games and scored 1,651 points, for a career scoring average of 15.4 points per game. Galis' head coach at Seton Hall, Billy Raftery, would state that Galis was the best player he coached. While at Seton Hall, Galis was a good friend and roommate of Italian-American professional basketball player Dan Callandrillo. Galis was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame, in 1991. After finishing his collegiate career in 1979, Galis signed with agent Bill Manon, who managed Diana Ross. Manon did not have Galis work out with any NBA team. Galis was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 4th round of the 1979 NBA Draft, 68th overall. Due to a severe ankle injury that Galis suffered during the Celtics preseason training camp of the 1979–80 season, the franchise was no longer interested in offering him a contract because Gerald Henderson had taken his place on the team, his injury would keep him out for the foreseeable future.
Galis decided to pursue a professional career in Greece's top-tier level Basket League. While still playing in Greece, he would be offered NBA contracts by the Celtics and the New Jersey Nets. However, he turned the offers down, because at the time, until 1989, FIBA did not have professional status, did not allow NBA players to compete at the national team level. Since playing with the senior Greek national team meant so much to him, he stayed in Greece. Celtics then-president Red Auerbach said that the single biggest mistake he made in his career was not keeping Galis. After suffering an ankle injury in the Boston Celtics 1979–80 preseason training camp, which prevented him from receiving a contract with the Celtics, Galis made the move across the Atlantic, signed to play with Aris of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1979. Panathinaikos and Olympiacos had shown some interest in sig
Clyde Austin Drexler is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide", he was a ten-time All-Star during his career, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as part of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team and an NBA Championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets, he is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. He serves as a color commentator for Houston Rockets home games. Born in New Orleans, Drexler lived in the South Park area in Houston and attended Ross Sterling High School in Houston, where he was a classmate of tennis player Zina Garrison; as a sophomore, he made the varsity baseball team, tried out for the basketball team but failed to make the cut. Drexler played as a 6 ft 6 in center as a senior, he began receiving attention from college coaches following a 34-point, 27-rebound performance against Sharpstown High School during a 1979 Christmas tournament. After graduating in 1980, he was recruited by New Mexico State University, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the latter after childhood friend Michael Young told an assistant to head coach Guy V. Lewis that Drexler was the best player he had faced in high school.
Drexler worked at a bank during the summer. Lewis recalled in 2003 that he received hate mail from Houston supporters and alumni for recruiting Drexler, as they felt that he was not good enough to play for the school. Drexler and Young, along with Larry Micheaux and new recruit Hakeem Olajuwon, comprised the "Phi Slama Jama" basketball fraternity that gained national attention for its acrobatic, above-the-rim play. New players were "initiated" into the fraternity by having to stand underneath the basket as Drexler drove in from halfcourt and threw down a tomahawk slam over them. Houston made the first of Drexler's two straight Final Four appearances in 1982, where they lost to eventual champions North Carolina, he averaged 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a small forward as Houston finished 25–8. The 1982–83 campaign saw Houston return to the Final Four ranked No. 1. They were matched up against No. 2 Louisville and the "Doctors of Dunk" in the semifinals, which Houston won 94–81 following a brilliant dunking display by both sides, including a double-pump slam by Drexler that Sports Illustrated writer Curry Kirkpatrick called "your basic play of the century".
He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but in the championship game against North Carolina State, Drexler failed to make an impact after picking up four fouls before halftime, scored only four points on one-of-five shooting and two free throws in NC State's upset victory. Drexler declared for the NBA draft as a junior, leaving Houston with career averages of 14.4 points, 3.3 assists and 9.9 rebounds in three seasons. In addition to being named the Southwestern Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All American his final season, he remains the only player in school history with combined totals of at least 1,000 career points, 900 rebounds and 300 assists, in addition to being Houston's all-time steals leader with 268. In the 1983 NBA draft Drexler was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 14th overall pick, he averaged 7.7 points in 17.2 minutes per game in his rookie season. His second season was his breakout season, in which he averaged 17.2 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
In his third season, Drexler made his first All-Star team while averaging 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 8 assists and 2.6 steals. In the 1989–1990 season, Drexler led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals, averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, but his team lost to the Detroit Pistons in five games. In the 1990–1991 season Drexler led Portland to a franchise best 63–19 record. Favored to win the West, the Los Angeles Lakers upset the Trail Blazers by winning the Western Conference Finals. In the 1991–92 season he made the All-NBA First Team and finished second to Michael Jordan in MVP voting, he met Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals that same season only to fall short, as Jordan and the Bulls went on to win their second consecutive championship. In the six-game series against Chicago, Drexler averaged 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. In 1992, he was selected to the U. S. Olympic basketball team, nicknamed "The Dream Team". On February 14, 1995, with the Blazers out of serious contention for a championship, Portland honored Drexler's request to be traded to a contender and sent the Blazer great back home to the Houston Rockets, along with Tracy Murray in exchange for Otis Thorpe, the draft rights of Marcelo Nicola, a 1995 first round draft pick in mid-season, right before the trade deadline.
Despite finishing the regular season with a record of 47–35, which placed the Rockets 6th out of 8 playoff teams in the Western Conference and long-time friend Hakeem Olajuwon helped propel them to an improbable second consecutive championship in 1995, sweeping the Orlando Magic. In his third and final NBA Finals appearance, Drexler averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. During the 1995 NBA Playoffs, Drexler was ejected during a game between the Rockets and the Phoenix Suns by referee Jake O'Donnell, which stemmed from a personal feud between the two at the time; this would turn out to be the last NBA game O'Donnell would referee, as he was n
Peter Press Maravich, known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, raised in the Carolinas. Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He played for three NBA teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980, he is the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the adoption of the three point line and shot clock, despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules. One of the youngest players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was cited by the Hall as "perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history". In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said that "the best ball-handler of all time was Pete Maravich". Maravich's dedication to improving his game was like no other.
Maravich would go to a dribble in the aisle as he watched the movie. Maravich struggled in his relationship with his father, his father was his demanding of his son. Maravich was said to have been worked hard by Press Maravich. Maravich died at age 40 during a pick up game in 1988 as a consequence of a undetected heart defect. Pete Maravich was born to Petar "Press" Maravich and Helen Gravor Maravich in Aliquippa, a steel town in Beaver County in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Maravich amazed his family and friends with his basketball abilities from an early age, he enjoyed a close but demanding father-son relationship that motivated him toward achievement and fame in the sport. Maravich's father was the son of a former professional player-turned-coach, he showed him the fundamentals starting. Obsessively, Maravich spent hours practicing ball control tricks, head fakes, long-range shots. Maravich played high school varsity ball at Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina, a year before being old enough to attend the school.
While at Daniel from 1961 to 1963, Maravich participated in the school's first-ever game against a team from an all-black school. In 1963 his father departed from his position as head basketball coach at Clemson University and joined the coaching staff at North Carolina State University; the Maravich family's subsequent move to Raleigh, North Carolina, allowed Pete to attend Needham B. Broughton High School, his high school years saw the birth of his famous moniker. From his habit of shooting the ball from his side, as if he were holding a revolver, Maravich became known as "Pistol" Pete Maravich, he graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School in 1965 and attended Edwards Military Institute, where he averaged 33 points per game. Pete never did not like Edwards Military institute, it was known that Press Maravich was protective of Maravich and would guard against any issue that may come up during his adolescence. Press threatened to shoot Pete with a 45 caliber gun if he got into trouble. Maravich was 6 feet 4 inches in high school and was getting ready to play in college when his father took a coaching position at Louisiana State University.
At that time NCAA rules prohibited first-year students from playing at varsity level, which forced Maravich to play on the freshman team. In his first game, Maravich put up 50 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against Southeastern Louisiana College. In only three years playing on the varsity team at LSU, Maravich scored 3,667 points—1,138 of those in 1967-68, 1,148 in 1968-69, 1,381 in 1969-70—while averaging 43.8, 44.2, 44.5 points per game. For his collegiate career, the 6'5" guard averaged 44.2 points per game in 83 contests and led the NCAA in scoring for each of his three seasons. Maravich's long-standing collegiate scoring record is notable when three factors are taken into account: First, because of the NCAA rules that prohibited him from taking part in varsity competition during his first year as a student, Maravich was prevented from adding to his career record for a full quarter of his time at LSU. During this first year, Maravich scored 741 points in freshman competition. Second, Maravich played before the advent of the three-point line.
This significant difference has raised speculation regarding just how much higher his records would be, given his long-range shooting ability and how such a component might have altered his play. Writing for ESPN.com, Bob Carter stated, "Though Maravich played before the 3-point shot was established, he loved gunning from long range." It has been reported that former LSU coach Dale Brown charted every shot Maravich scored and concluded that, if his shots from three-point range had been counted as three points, Maravich's average would have totaled 57 points per game. Third, the shot clock had not yet been instituted in NCAA play during Maravich's college career. More than 40 years however, many of his NCAA and LSU records still stand. Maravich was a three-time All-American. Though he never appeared in the NCAA tournament, Maravich played a key role in turning around a lackluster program that had posted a 3–20 record in the season prior to his arrival. Pete Maravich finished his college career in the 1970 National Invitation Tournament, where LSU finished fourth.
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David Bing is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player, former mayor of Detroit and businessman. After starring at Syracuse University, Bing played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association as a guard for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets, Boston Celtics. During his career, he averaged over 20 points and six assists per game and made seven NBA All-Star appearances, winning the game's Most Valuable Player award in 1976; the Pistons celebrated his career accomplishments with the retirement of his #21 jersey. In addition, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all-time. Bing founded Bing Steel, a processing company that earned him the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year award in 1984. Soon the business grew into the multimillion-dollar Detroit-based conglomerate, the Bing Group, one of the largest steel companies in Michigan. Bing entered Detroit politics as a Democrat in 2008, announcing his intentions to run for mayor in the city's non-partisan primary to finish the term of Kwame Kilpatrick, who had resigned amid a corruption scandal.
After winning the primary, Bing defeated Interim Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. and was sworn in as mayor in May 2009. That year, Bing was re-elected to a full term. However, he lost most of his power to Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr, had numerous health problems, suffered approval ratings as low as 14%. Bing thus did not seek re-election in 2013 and was succeeded by politician and businessman Mike Duggan. Bing was born November 24, 1943, in Washington, D. C. to mother Juanita, a housekeeper, father Hasker, a bricklayer and deacon for the Baptist Church. He was the second child of four living in a two-bedroom, one-story house in the northeast part of town. In his childhood, Bing received the nickname "Duke" from his father, according to Bing, he always "wanted to be top dog." He suffered a traumatic eye injury at age five, while playing with an improvised hobby horse he constructed with two sticks nailed together. The family could not afford emergency surgery, leaving the eye to heal on its own and diminishing his vision thereafter.
Bing's father suffered a severe head injury during the boy's childhood. While working a construction site, a brick fell four stories onto his head; the episode led young Bing to promise himself. In athletics, Bing played basketball, but older children told him he was too small for the game. However, he played well, triumphing over such older and bigger children as future Motown musician Marvin Gaye, after not performing well on the court, chose to sing on the sidelines. Bing and Gaye forged a friendship, which continued in life. Despite his basketball play, Bing, a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson, focused on baseball, the neighborhood's preferred game. Despite his fuzzy vision, he excelled in baseball at Spingarn High School, where he enrolled in 1958; the school's head basketball coach William Roundtree encouraged him to revisit basketball. Roundtree became a fatherly figure to Bing, he developed into a double-digits per game scorer, noted for his jump shot and knack for driving to the basket.
He continued to compete in baseball into his senior year, but was forced to choose between it and basketball when a scheduling conflict between two tournaments arose. Though he felt he was better at baseball, Bing opted for basketball, believing it gave him a greater chance at a full-ride college scholarship, well aware of the path taken by Los Angeles Lakers forward Elgin Baylor, a Spingarn alum. At the tournament, Bing earned MVP honors. All in all, in high school, Bing was a three-year letter winner, all–Inter High, all-Metro, all-East member. In 1962, he was made the All-American Team. Bing attended Syracuse University, he led the Orangemen in scoring as a sophomore in 1964, as a junior in 1965, as a senior in 1966. During his senior year, Bing was fifth in the nation in scoring and was Syracuse's first consensus All-American in 39 years, he was named to The Sporting News All-America First Team and was named Syracuse Athlete of the Year. In his three year varsity career at Syracuse, Bing averaged 24.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, with 1883 total points and 786 total rebounds in 76 games.
Bing's playing style was somewhat unusual for the time. As a lean and explosive guard, he functioned as the playmaker distributing the ball, but did more shooting and scoring than most others who had this position. At one time a joke about him and his backcourt partner, Jimmy Walker, was that it was a shame they could only play the game with one ball at a time. In 1966, after being selected 2nd overall in the 1966 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, Bing scored 1,601 points, won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award while being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team; the next year, he led the NBA in scoring with 2,142 points in 1968. Bing sat out 2½ months of the 1971–72 season due to a detached retina incurred from a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers, playing in only 45 games that season. While with the Pistons, he played in seven NBA All-Star Games, was named to the All-NBA First Team twice in 1968 and 1971. After leaving the Detroit Pistons, Bing went on to spend his next two seasons with the Washington Bullets, for whom he was named an NBA All-Star
Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is best known for scoring a record 42 points for UCLA in the 1965 NCAA championship game vs. Michigan, his part in the Los Angeles Lakers' 1971–72 season. During that season the team won a still-record 33 consecutive games, posted what was at the time the best regular season record in NBA history, won the franchise's first NBA championship since relocating to Los Angeles. Goodrich was the leading scorer on that team, he is acclaimed for leading UCLA to its first two national championships under the legendary coach John Wooden, the first in 1963–64 being a perfect 30-0 season when he played with teammate Walt Hazzard. In 1996, 17 years after his retirement from professional basketball, Goodrich was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A native of the Los Angeles area, Goodrich was the captain of the John H. Francis Polytechnic High School basketball team that dominated and won the 1961 Los Angeles City high school basketball championship.
Goodrich scored 29 points in the championship game despite breaking his ankle in the third quarter. Goodrich has said that he had wanted to attend the University of Southern California, where his father had once been a star player, but coach John Wooden of UCLA showed much more interest in Goodrich than did USC. Like many Division I colleges, USC was wary of Goodrich's short stature, he was only 5 ft 8 in his junior year in high school and at his ultimate height of 6 ft 1 in, he was short by college basketball standards. Goodrich attended UCLA, where he finished as the school's all-time leading scorer and played on the school's first two national championship teams in 1964 and 1965, he was a two-time All-America and the Helms Foundation's "Co-Player of the Year" in 1965. In the 1965 NCAA championship game, he scored a record; this record stood until 1973 when UCLA's Bill Walton scored 44 in the finals vs. Memphis State, through 2007 it is still the second-highest total by a player in the championship game.
While at UCLA, Goodrich was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. A tenacious and fiery competitor, Goodrich used intelligent ball-handling skills and excellent court vision to lead two of the most successful teams in college basketball history; the left-handed junior guard was the team's main scorer. He finished with an average of 21.5 points per game and guided the 1963–64 UCLA Bruins to a 30-0 record. For the first time, a UCLA team won all 30 of its games en route to the school's first NCAA title. Goodrich and Keith Erickson were the only returning starters from the team that won UCLA's first national title in 1964; as a senior, the Bruins repeated as NCAA champions. At UCLA, Goodrich helped compile a 78-11 three-year record. In both of those championship seasons, Goodrich was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team. Goodrich at the time finished as UCLA's all-time leading scorer, now broken by Don MacLean. Although many believed Goodrich was too small for the college game and too frail for the pros, through perseverance and discipline, proved his doubters wrong.
Goodrich was nicknamed "Stumpy", a moniker bestowed upon him by teammate Elgin Baylor, because of Goodrich's height and short legs. Goodrich was a territorial pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1965 NBA draft; as a rookie in 1965–66, he averaged about 15 minutes per game as a reserve guard behind starters Jerry West and former UCLA teammate Walt Hazzard. Goodrich posted averages of 2.0 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game. On December 23, 1965, he scored a personal single-game best of 25 points against the San Francisco Warriors; the Lakers advanced to the NBA finals. In 1966–67, his playing time increased to over 23 minutes per game as he divided time with Hazzard at guard opposite West. Goodrich posted averages of 3.3 rpg and 2.7 apg. In the first game of the season he scored a career-high 30 points in a game against the Baltimore Bullets, a feat which he duplicated six weeks against the Chicago Bulls. In 1967–68, his third season, Goodrich's playing time increased again, to 26 minutes per game, although it wasn't without frustration as he returned to a reserve role backing up guard Archie Clark opposite West.
Goodrich averaged 2.5 rpg and 2.6 apg. The Lakers returned to the NBA Finals. In 1968, the Lakers lost Goodrich to the Phoenix Suns in the expansion draft, he became the star of the new franchise and a favorite among Suns fans. A full-time starter for the first time in his NBA career in 1968–69, Goodrich showed what was to come as he scored at least 22 points in each of the Suns' first 11 games. In December 1968, he exploded for 40 points against the Warriors, but topped that with 43 against the Bulls and, on March 9, 1969, he scored 47 against the San Diego Rockets. For the season, Goodrich scored tops on his team, he surprised critics who had labeled him a gunner by ranking seventh in assists with 6.4 per game along with 5.4 rpg. He was selected to play in the 1969 NBA All-Star Game. In 1969 -- 70, Goodrich scored 7.5 apg. After the season, on May 20, 1970, he was traded back to the Lakers in exchange for Mel Counts. For the 1970–71 season, now as a Lakers starter alongside Jerry West, Goodrich averaged 17.5 ppg as the Lakers advanced to the Western
Robert Allen McAdoo is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association, where he was a five-time NBA All-Star and named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1975, he won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s. In 2000, McAdoo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. McAdoo played at power forward positions. In his 21-year playing career, he spent 14 years in the NBA and his final seven in the Lega Basket Serie A in Italy. McAdoo is one of the few players who have won both NBA and the FIBA European Champions Cup titles as a player, he won three more NBA titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013 as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat. McAdoo was raised in North Carolina, his mother Vandalia, taught at his grade school and his father Robert was a custodian at North Carolina A&T University. McAdoo attended Ben L. Smith High School, where he not only participated in basketball and track, he was in the marching band as a saxophone player.
As a senior, he led Smith to the state basketball semifinals as well as to the state track tournament, where he set a new state high jump record of 6' 7", beating out future North Carolina teammate Bobby Jones. Out of high school, McAdoo lacked the academic test scores required by the Division I schools, so he chose to enroll at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana from 1969 through 1971. Vincennes University won the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1970, with McAdoo scoring 27 points in the championship game, his roommate was teammate Foots Walker. McAdoo was named a Junior College All-American as a sophomore in 1971. At Vincennes, McAdoo averaged 19.3 points and 10 rebounds in 1969-1970 and 25.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in 1970-1971. McAdoo played for Team USA in the 1971 Pan American Games in the summer of 1971, averaging 11.0 points."We didn't recruit him," Coach Dean Smith of North Carolina said. "His mother called us to start it. She said. Why weren't we?"McAdoo enrolled at the University of North Carolina in 1971, the only junior college player Dean Smith recruited in his career.
McAdoo, playing alongside Bobby Jones, led the 1971–72 Tar Heels, coached by Dean Smith, to a 26-5 record and the Final Four of the 1972 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament. McAdoo averaged 10.1 rebounds. He was named first-team All-American, he earned MVP honors at the ACC Tournament. Citing family hardship, McAdoo sought and won early eligibility for the 1972 NBA draft under the "hardship" clause that existed until 1977. McAdoo consulted with Coach Dean Smith who encouraged him to go to the NBA. McAdoo said, "When I left, a lot of people were angry and upset, but Dean gave me his blessing. He told me, ‘If they’re going to offer you this kind of money, I think you should leave to help you and your family.’ I had his blessing. My mother was against it,” McAdoo added, “but my father and Dean Smith were the guys who got me to move.” McAdoo won early eligibility in the 1972 NBA draft. However, it was rumored that McAdoo had signed with the Virginia Squires of the rival American Basketball Association after a "secret" ABA draft in which names of those drafted were not made public.
Though no contract was produced and McAdoo denied NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy advised NBA teams not to draft McAdoo. Other reports were that a contract was signed and voided, because McAdoo was too young to have signed it and that Buffalo somehow knew this. McAdoo was indeed noted as the No. 1 pick of the 1972 American Basketball Association Draft. Buffalo acted, McAdoo was selected anyhow with the No. 2 overall pick by the Buffalo Braves, after rumors that contract talks between the Portland Trail Blazers and McAdoo didn't come to fruition with the first pick. LaRue Martin was selected by the Portland. McAdoo signed with the Braves and became one of the NBA's premier players, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He earned the first of three consecutive NBA scoring titles in only his second season. McAdoo was frustrated with Buffalo's losing in his rookie season, saying, "Here I was sitting at Buffalo, we were on the way to losing 61 games and we didn't have any players. My wife could have outrun those people."His second season remains the last time an NBA player has averaged both 30.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game.
McAdoo led the NBA in field goal percentage in 1973–74, shooting 54.7 percent. That year he enjoyed his first of five All-Star selections. In 1974–75, he was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, averaging 34.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.12 blocks per game, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. He led the league in fan voting for the 1975 All-Star Game with 98,325 votes; when Anthony Davis had a 59-point/20-rebound game 19 days before his 23rd birthday, McAdoo was the only person to have had a 50-point/20-rebound game at a younger age. McAdoo's style was modern for his time. Although a'big man' at 6 ft 9 in, he had no problems taking shots from the perimeter, which, in his prime, made him a nearly unstoppable force on offense. On December 9, 1976, McAdoo was by the Buffalo Braves with Tom McMillen to the New York Knicks for John Gianelli and cash. In 334 games with Buffalo, McAdoo averaged 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.1 steals.
In 52 games with the Knicks in 1976-1977, McAdoo averaged 26.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals under Hall of Fame Coach Red Holtzman, as the Knicks fi