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Bill Sharman

  • Birth 25 May 1926 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
  • Death 25 Oct 2013 Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 119279369

Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Player, Coach. He holds the distinction of being inducted twice into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a player in 1976 and as a coach in 2004. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. Born William Walton Sharman, he was raised in California where he attended Porterville High School. A highly-versatile athlete, he excelled in baseball, track, football, tennis and boxing, in addition to basketball. Following service with the United States Navy during World War II, he continued to build his sports attributes on the collegiate level at the University of Southern California. In 1950, he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers (although he was a late season call-up, he never played in the Major Leagues). Additionally, he was drafted by the Washington Capitols during the 2nd-round of the 1950 NBA Draft. It would be as a Boston Celtic (1951 to 1961), with who Sharman established himself as one of the greatest guards to play during his era, as he shared the back court with Bob Cousy. He was a major contributor to four NBA Champion teams (1957, 1959 to 1961 Celtics) and individually earned All-Star status eight consecutive times (1953 to 1961). He received MVP honors from the 1955 All-Star contest. In 711 regular season games, he compiled 12,665 points during eleven total NBA seasons (1950 to 1961). After retiring as a player, he went onto have an equally successful coaching career. He had periods as head coach with the San Francisco Warriors (1966 to 1968), Los Angeles (later Utah) Stars (1968 to 1971) and Los Angeles Lakers (1971 to 1976). He guided the Utah Stars to the ABA Title in 1971 and was at the helm, when the 1971-1972 Lakers won the NBA Championship. The Los Angeles squad for which included Hall of Fame players Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich is considered by many as being one of the greatest NBA teams in the league's history. He was named NBA Coach of the Year for the 1971-1972 season. He later served as the Lakers' general manager and president. He died of complications from a stroke.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 25 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 119279369
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