Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two more as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals MVP. In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. NBA coach Pat Riley and players Isiah Thomas and Julius Erving have called him the greatest basketball player of all time. After winning 71 consecutive basketball games on his high school team in New York City, Alcindor was recruited by Jerry Norman, the assistant coach of UCLA, where he played for coach John Wooden on three consecutive national championship teams and was a record three-time MVP of the NCAA Tournament.
Drafted with the first overall pick by the one-season-old Bucks franchise in the 1969 NBA draft, Alcindor spent six seasons in Milwaukee. After leading the Bucks to its first NBA championship at age 24 in 1971, he took the Muslim name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Using his trademark "skyhook" shot, he established himself as one of the league's top scorers. In 1975, he was traded to the Lakers, with whom he played the final 14 seasons of his career and won five additional NBA championships. Abdul-Jabbar's contributions were a key component in the "Showtime" era of Lakers basketball. Over his 20-year NBA career, his teams succeeded in making the playoffs 18 times and got past the first round 14 times. At the time of his retirement at age 42 in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored, games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, career wins, personal fouls, he remains the all-time leader in points scored and career wins.
He is ranked third all-time in blocked shots. In 2007, ESPN voted him the greatest center of all time, in 2008, they named him the "greatest player in college basketball history", in 2016, they named him the second best player in NBA history. Abdul-Jabbar has been an actor, a basketball coach, a best-selling author. In 2012, he was selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U. S. global cultural ambassador. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. was born in New York City, the only child of Cora Lillian, a department store price checker, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr. a transit police officer and jazz musician. He grew up in the Dyckman Street projects in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. Alcindor was unusually tall from a young age. At birth he weighed 12 lb 11 oz and was 22 1⁄2 inches long, by the age of nine he was 5 ft 8 in tall. By the eighth grade he had grown to 6 ft 8 in tall and could slam dunk a basketball.
Alcindor began his record-breaking basketball accomplishments when he was in high school, where he led coach Jack Donahue's Power Memorial Academy team to three straight New York City Catholic championships, a 71-game winning streak, a 79–2 overall record. This earned him a nickname—"The tower from Power", his 2,067 total points were a New York City high school record. The team won the national high school boys basketball championship when Alcindor was in 10th and 11th grade and was runner-up his senior year. Alcindor had a strained relationship with his coach. In his 2017 book "Coach Wooden and Me," Abdul-Jabbar relates an incident where Donahue called him a nigger. Alcindor played on the UCLA freshman team in 1966 only because the "freshman rule" was in effect, but his prowess was well known, he received national coverage when he made his varsity debut in 1967: Sports Illustrated described him as "The New Superstar." From 1967 to 1969, he played on the varsity under head coach John Wooden. He was the main contributor to the team's three-year record of 88 wins and only two losses: one to the University of Houston in which Alcindor had an eye injury, the other to crosstown rival USC who played a "stall game".
In his first game, Alcindor scored 56 points. During his college career, Alcindor was twice named Player of the Year. In 1967 and 1968, he won USBWA College Player of the Year, which became the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Alcindor became the only player to win the Helms Foundation Player of the Year award three times; the 1965–66 UCLA Bruin team was the preseason #1. On November 27, 1965, the freshman team, led by Alcindor, defeated the varsity 75–60 in the first game in the new Pauley Pavilion. Alcindor had 21 rebounds in what was a good indication of things to come. After the game, the UCLA varsity was # 2 on campus. If the "freshman rule" had not been in effect at that time, UCLA would have had a much better chance of winning the 1966 National Championship. Alcindor had considered transferring to Michigan because of unfulfilled recruiting promises. UCLA player Willie Naul
McClain High School (Greenfield, Ohio)
McClain High School is a public high school in Greenfield, United States. It is part of the Greenfield Exempted Village Schools district; the school was a gift to the community in 1912 from the inventor and local industrialist Edward Lee McClain. Construction on the school started in 1914, with the first classes held beginning in 1916; the building was designed by architect William B. Ittner; the McClain family donated a vocational building and athletic fields adjoining the high school in 1923, at the same time that the community began construction of a new elementary building. The school was torn down due to the high cost of remodeling and lack of finances. A large scale community and historical effort led the high school being saved, it is listed as an Ohio Historical Society landmark. The school is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and participates in the Frontier Athletic Conference; the swim team participates in the SOSL and starting in 2008, the SCOL. Athletics include and are limited to: Football Cross Country Soccer Volleyball Golf Marching Band Tigerettes Football Cheerleading Basketball Wrestling Swimming Wrestling Basketball Cheerleading Quick Recall Baseball Softball Track and Field Other activities available for students include concert, marching and pep bands.
There are 200 paintings, murals and other forms of art adorning the hallways and classrooms. These include a marble staircase, a statue of Lorenzo de' Medici, the Rookwood tile backed water fountains, Tiffany lamps and the Hiram Powers' marble bust of Ginevra, with Ginevra being found only in this institution and in one other, it has a pool, constructed in 1923, making it the oldest high school pool still in use, multiple stories and buildings, a structured row of colonnades lining the buildings, two gyms, a trophy hall, a courtyard and clocktower, a track and field, among other resources. Don Grate, professional baseball and basketball player Bill Uhl, professional basketball player Frank L. Hayes, coach Official website Alumni website
William Theodore Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning three successive College Player of the Year Awards, he led the UCLA Bruins to two NCAA Championships in 1972 and 1973. He had a prominent career in the National Basketball Association, winning an NBA Most Valuable Player and two NBA championships, his professional career was hampered by multiple foot injuries, requiring countless surgeries. Walton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 Walton was born and raised in La Mesa, the son of Gloria Anne and William Theodore "Ted" Walton, he was raised with siblings Bruce and Andy. The Walton's La Mesa home was a hillside home on Colorado Avenue, just below Lake Murray, his listed adult playing height was 6 feet 11 inches. Walton's father Ted was his mother Gloria, a librarian, his parents had interests in art, literature and music. Walton took music lessons, although his parents weren't sports oriented, Walton followed in the footsteps of his older brother Bruce, who had gravitated toward sports.
When the Walton children were in junior high and high school, Mr. Walton formed an informal family band: Bruce and Bill played trombone or baritone, Andy played the saxophone and Cathy played the flute. "Bill and I couldn't quit fast enough," Bruce said. Walton first played organized basketball under Frank "Rocky" Graciano, who coached at Walton's Catholic elementary school. Coach Graciano "made it fun and emphasized the joy of playing the team game," said Walton. "I was a scrawny guy. I couldn't speak at all. I was a shy, reserved player and a shy, reserved person. I found a safe place in life in basketball." Walton played high school basketball at Helix High School in California. He played, along with his brother Bruce, one year older and 6'6" and 250 pounds. Bruce was a star football player as well. If Bill Walton was getting physical treatment in a basketball game, Bruce returned the treatment.“When those opposing teams would try to get physical with me, Bruce would do whatever it took to protect me,” Walton recalled.
“He went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Bruce and I are the only brother combination in history to play in the Super Bowl and to win the NBA championship.”"When they would begin to rough up Bill, I would look at coach and he would give me a nod," recalled Bruce. "Yes," said Gloria Walton, "then when the referee wasn't looking, Bruce would give the player an elbow and let him know that the skinny guy was his kid brother." Walton's struggle with injury and pain began while at Helix High School, where he broke an ankle, a leg, several bones in his feet and underwent knee surgery. Before his sophomore season, Walton underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage on his left knee; because of his recovery from the knee surgery, Walton played most of his sophomore year on the junior varsity team. Coach Gordon Nash promoted him to the varsity team the end of the season. But, he did not start any of them. After his sophomore year Walton had grown from 6'1" to 6'7". Coach Nash played Bruce Walton together in the paint.
Bill was frail as he had not filled out his growing frame. Bill was unable to play a complete game without resting. "He would get too tired," recalled Nash. "When that happened, he'd tell me and I'd take him out." Walton led Helix to 49 consecutive victories in his two varsity seasons. Helix won the California Interscholastic Federation Championship in both 1969 and 1970, finishing 29-2 in 1968-1969 and 33-0 in 1969-1970. Walton had entered high school at a height of about 6 feet tall and graduated at about 7 feet tall. Walton averaged 25 rebounds, as Helix finished 33-0 in his senior season; as a senior in 1969-1970, Walton made 384 of 490 shot attempts, 78.3 percent, still the all-time national record. In addition, Walton's 825 rebounds. And, his 25.0 rebounds per game in a season ranks No. 7 all time. Walton was featured in “Faces in the Crowd” in the January 26, 1970 issue of Sports Illustrated, his first national media recognition.“It was a dream come true to be a part of a special team,” Walton said.
"Helix is. It was a humbling honor and privilege to be on the same squad as true legends Monroe Nash, Wilbur Strong, Phil Edwards, Bruce Menser. I’m the luckiest guy on earth.”Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum was an assistant coach at University of California, Los Angeles under coach John Wooden, sent to watch Walton play. Crum first saw Walton in 1968 as a high school junior and was at first dubious when hearing of Walton, but went to scout him anyway. "I came back and told Coach Wooden that this Walton kid was the best high school player I'd seen," Crum recalled. While Walton was in high school, the NBA Expansion team of 1967, the San Diego Rockets were in town; the Rockets had no set practice facility and would play pick-up games at Helix High School. Rocket players learned that to get into the Helix gym they could call the teenager Walton, who somehow had his own gym key. Walton recalled Elvin Hayes calling and telling his mother, "Tell Billy, Big E is calling and we need him to open the gym tonight.
I said,'Mom, that's Big E! Give me the phone!' I was never so embarrassed in my life. Elvin and I are still close friends. All of those guys all still my friends to this day.""We had the best gym
1939 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
The consensus 1939 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Helms Athletic Foundation, Collyer's News Bureau, Madison Square Garden
Greenfield is a large village in Highland and Ross counties, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,639. Since the population declined to under 5,000, the Census Bureau may still call it a city, but by Ohio's laws it is technically deemed a village. Since the change from city to village there is no longer a mayor of the town but a city manager. Greenfield is most well known because of its rich history, including its community members helping in the underground railroad, new industries, McClain High School. Greenfield was named for its rural appearance. General Duncan McArthur founded the town in 1799. Greenfield has had many innovators, such as Edward Lee McClain, well known for his detachable horse collar; the American Pad and Textile Company was created by McClain in life. This company provided job opportunities for Greenfield, created products such as the life vest used in World War II, his memory will never be forgotten by Greenfield however because he donated a great gift to the town.
Edward Lee McClain High School which opened on September 23, 1915, was named after him. People who wished to attend paid a fee of 15 cents for admission. Located in the center of town and serving as a focal point for the town, the school has many sculptures and murals, making it a well known school in Ohio, it was the first school in Ohio to have an indoor swimming pool, still there today, with minor construction revisions. The first African American owned; the Patterson Car Company started as a buggy company but started to produce buses and cars. C. R. Patterson, alongside his friend Lowe, moved to Greenfield. After Lowe died, the company was left to Patterson; the Patterson Car Company provided Greenfield schools buses to conduct routes. Other industries in Greenfield include Ruckers Quarry, which day and night quarried stone such as limestone on a large scale for the Cincinnati market. Another industry was Harps Manufacturing, most well known for the Never-fail Oil Can, designed by Eugene Arnott but perfected by Harp's Manufacturing.
Most of Greenfield's settlers moved from their comfortable homes in the founding states to unfamiliar territory, because they were against slavery. In April 1833, the Abolition Society of Paint Valley was founded, its main effort was to do missionary work in the stance of ending slavery. The Abolition Society of Paint Valley was disbanded but was re-organized as the Greenfield Antislavery Society. Records become thin due to the large number of citizens helping African Americans to gain freedom. Greenfield played a major part in the ending of slavery. Former slaves passed through the area on their way to Canada during the operation of the Underground Railroad with much help from Greenfield's community members; as of today, much of Greenfield's rich history has gone. However, the Travelers Rest remains, along with other buildings such as the post office and the school. In 1988, the 29.5-mile railroad line connecting the city to the national rail network was scheduled to be decommissioned, but Greenfield bought it for $2.4 million and kept it operational in order to retain a transportation outlet for the local manufacturing industry.
This made the city the smallest in the U. S. to own its own rail line. Much of Greenfield's early history concentrates on the Travellers' Rest Inn at the eastern end of Jefferson Street. Constructed in 1812, it was the village's first stone building, it served as its first post office, was the space for its first doctor's office. Now operated as a museum, the inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Samuel Smith House and Tannery is listed on the National Register. Greenfield is located entirely in Highland County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.06 square miles, all land. Greenfield receives an annual average of 38 inches of rain, averages 25 inches of snow. Both averages are similar to those of the United States. Greenfield averages 173 sunny days and 128 rainy days; the average high temperature in July is 84 degrees and the average low in January is 20.6 degrees. The most recent calculations of population indicate that the total population is equal to 4,562, population has gone down 7 percent since 2000.
The estimated median household income in 2012 was $26,944. As of the census of 2010, there were 4,639 people, 1,829 households, 1,148 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,251.9 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,141 housing units at an average density of 1,039.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 1.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population. There were 1,829 households of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, 37.2% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age in the city was 37.1 years.
25.9% of residents were under the age of 18. The g
Walter Raphael Hazzard Jr. Mahdi Abdul-Rahman was an American college and professional basketball player and college basketball coach, he was best known for his association with the men's basketball team at the University of California, Los Angeles, having been a star player for that team when it won its first national championship in 1964 and having served as the team's head coach in the 1980s. Hazzard attended Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, where his teams went 89-3 and he was named the city's player of the year when he was a senior. Hazzard went on to UCLA, where he became a key player on the varsity basketball team. In Hazzard's first season on the varsity squad, the UCLA Bruins made their first Final Four appearance in the 1962 NCAA Toournament, they lost 72-70 to the eventual champion, in the semi-finals. UCLA's first undefeated season of 1963–64 was in no small part due to Hazzard, his backcourt partner Gail Goodrich, the team's coach John Wooden; the team won its first NCAA Championship, Hazzard was selected by the Associated Press as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Following UCLA's victory in the 1964 tournament, Sports Illustrated featured a cover photograph of Walt Hazzard dribbling the basketball up court and the headline, "UCLA Is The Champ. Walt Hazzard Drives Through Duke." Hazzard was chosen as an All-American and selected as College Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. His number 42 jersey was retired by UCLA in 1996 in Pauley Pavilion, but Hazzard gave his permission for stand-out recruit Kevin Love to wear the number. Hazzard and Bill Bradley earned a spot on the 1964 Olympic basketball team for the U. S. which unsurprisingly won the gold medal. He was pre-draft territorial pick in 1964 by the Los Angeles Lakers. Hazzard played in the NBA, first with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1964–1967 the Seattle SuperSonics, the Atlanta Hawks, the Buffalo Braves, for the Golden State Warriors, he returned to the SuperSonics for the 1973–74 season, after which he retired from professional basketball. While playing for the SuperSonics in their inaugural 1967–68 season, Hazzard scored a career high 24.0 points per game, averaged 6.2 assists per game, was selected to play in the 1968 NBA All-Star Game.
Seattle traded him to the Hawks during the off-season for Lenny Wilkens. Hazzard's career high average in assists came during the 1969–70 season, when he averaged 6.8 assist per game while playing for the Hawks. In 1984, he returned to UCLA as its men's basketball coach, twenty years after winning the national championship as a player; that same year, he was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. He coached for four seasons; the 1984–1985 UCLA Bruin basketball team won the NIT championship. The 1986–1987 UCLA Bruin basketball team won both the Pac-10 regular season championship as well as the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. However, after the 1987-88 Bruins finished only two games above.500 — the closest they had come to a losing record in 40 years — Hazzard was fired. He spent a number of years working for the Los Angeles Lakers, first as an advance scout on the west coast and as a special consultant. During his professional basketball career, Hazzard converted to Islam and changed his name to Mahdi Abdul-Rahman.
However, he felt that the name change was poorly received in basketball circles, believing that it cost him opportunities, both during and after his playing career. Therefore, although he remained devout in his Muslim faith, he chose to return to using the name Walt Hazzard professionally. Hazzard and his wife Jaleesa had four children: Yakub, Jalal and Khalil, the last being a record producer, well known in hip-hop circles by the stage name DJ Khalil, his grandson, Max Hazzard, plays basketball for U. C. Irvine. On March 22, 1996, Hazzard was hospitalized following a stroke. Although he made a substantial recovery over the ensuing years, his health never returned in full and subsequent to his illness he was much less active in the public sphere. Shortly after the stroke, Lakers owner Jerry Buss promised Hazzard's family that he would remain on the team's payroll as long as Buss owned the team. By the middle of 2011, his health had deteriorated and he was hospitalized in intensive care. On November 18 of that year, Hazzard died at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center due to complications following heart surgery.
He was 69. Walt Hazzard is interred at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Walt Hazzard at Find a Grave
Isiah Lord Thomas III is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. A point guard, the 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas has been a professional and collegiate head coach, a basketball executive, a broadcaster. Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers, leading them to the 1981 NCAA championship as a sophomore and declaring for the NBA draft, he was taken as the second overall pick by the Pistons in the 1981 NBA draft, played for them his entire career, while leading the "Bad Boys" to the 1988–89 and 1989–90 NBA championships. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks, he was the men's basketball coach for the Florida International University Golden Panthers for three seasons from 2009 to 2012.
In early May 2015, amidst controversy, Thomas was named president and part owner of the Knicks' WNBA sister team, the New York Liberty, subsequent to the re-hiring of Thomas's former Pistons teammate, Bill Laimbeer, as the team's coach. The youngest of nine children, Thomas was born on April 30, 1961 in Chicago and grew up in the city's West Side, he attended the private St. Joseph High School in Westchester, a 90-minute commute from his home. Playing under coach Gene Pingatore, he led St. Joseph to the state finals in his junior year, was considered one of the top college prospects in the country. Thomas was recruited to play college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. Although he received mail saying Knight tied up his players and beat them, he did not believe the rumors; when Knight visited the Thomas home, one of Isiah's brothers, who wanted him to attend DePaul, embarrassed him by insulting the Indiana coach and engaging him in a shouting match. Thomas chose Knight and Indiana because he felt that getting away to Bloomington would be good for him, as would Knight's discipline.
Thomas had to adjust to Knight's disciplinarian style. At the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, Knight got so mad at Thomas he threatened to put him on a plane home. Knight recalled yelling at the freshman-to-be, "You ought to go to DePaul, because you sure as hell aren't going to be an Indiana player playing like that." Prior to the start of his freshman year, the 1979–80 season, Knight became so upset with Thomas that he kicked him out of a practice. According to Thomas, Knight was making a point that no player, no "matter how talented, is bigger than Knight's philosophy."Thomas proved his skills as a player and became a favorite with both Knight and Indiana fans. His superior abilities caused Knight to adjust his coaching style. Fans displayed bedsheets with quotations from the Book of Isaiah and nicknamed him "Mr. Wonderful." Because of Thomas's short stature at 6 ft 1 in, coach Knight would call him "Pee Wee". Thomas and Mike Woodson led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten championship and advanced to the 1980 Sweet Sixteen.
The next year, the 1980–81 season, Knight made Thomas captain and told him to run the show on the floor. Thomas responded so well that, as the season unfolded and Thomas grew as friends; when a Purdue player took a cheap shot at Thomas during a game at Bloomington, Knight called a press conference to defend his star. And 19 days when Thomas hit an Iowa player and was ejected from a game, Knight refused to criticize him; that year and the Hoosiers once again won a conference title and won the 1981 NCAA tournament, the school's fourth national title. The sophomore earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award, made himself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft. In the 1981 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons chose Thomas with the No. 2 pick and signed him to a four-year $1.6 million contract. Thomas made the All-Rookie team and started for the Eastern Conference in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game. In the opening round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs and the Pistons faced off against Bernard King and the New York Knicks.
In the pivotal fifth game, Thomas was having a subpar performance, while King was having an excellent game. Thomas scored 16 points in the last 94 seconds to force the game into overtime, but fouled out, the Knicks held on to win. In the 1985 NBA Playoffs and his team went to the conference semifinals against the 15-time NBA champion Boston Celtics led by future basketball Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson. Detroit couldn't shake the Celtics in their six-game series losing. In the 1987 NBA Playoffs and the Pistons went to the Eastern Conference Finals and faced the Celtics again, it was the furthest. Detroit was able to tie the Celtics at two games apiece, but its hope of winning Game 5 at Boston Garden was dashed by Larry Bird with just seconds remaining: Thomas attempted to inbound the ball, Bird stole the pass and hit Dennis Johnson for the game-winning layup. In 1988, the Pistons' first trip to the Finals saw them face the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Before the series and Johnson exchanged a courtside kiss on the cheek prior to tip-off as a sign of their deep friendship. After taking a 3–2 series lead back to Los Angeles, Detroit appeared poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. One of Thomas's most inspiring and self-defining moments came in Game 6. Alt