Derek Ervin Smith

Derek Ervin Smith

Birth
Hogansville, Troup County, Georgia, USA
Death 9 Aug 1996 (aged 34)
At Sea
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION 37 Lot 271
Memorial ID 8128118 · View Source
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Professional Basketball Player, "High Five" creator. He played as a starting forward for Louisville's 1980 NCAA championship team. During his nine year professional basketball career, he played for the San Diego and Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. The year before his death, he worked as an assistant coach with the Washington Bullets. Sports legend states that Smith, while a player for Louisville, originated the term "High Five" (slapping hands in the air with another person). Following his death, the Derek Smith All Stars basketball team (part of the The Kentucky Basketball Foundation) was established. There is also a memorial golf tournament and a shootout tournament bearing his name.

Bio by: Evening Blues


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Evening Blues
  • Added: 25 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8128118
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Derek Ervin Smith (1 Nov 1961–9 Aug 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8128118, citing Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .