Basketball

LaRue Martin

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LaRue Martin

BIOGRAPHY LaRue Martin (born March 30, 1950) is a retired American professional basketball player. Martin was taken first overall by the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Portland Trail Blazers in 1972, drafted ahead of future Hall of Famers Bob McAdoo and Julius Erving.A 6-foot-11 center out of Loyola University Chicago, LaRue Martin entered the NBA with much fanfare in 1972. Martin set the basketball world abuzz when he outplayed Bill Walton in a game between Loyola and UCLA, in the midst of their storied title runs, in 1971–72. The Portland Trail Blazers were so impressed with Martin that they made him...

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Gus Gerard

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Gus Gerard

BIOGRAPHY Gus Gerard (born July 27, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player who played for the Carolina Cougars and Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association and the Denver Nuggets, Buffalo Braves, Detroit Pistons, Kansas City Kings and San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.Gerard played college basketball at the University of Virginia. He was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 3rd round (14th pick, 50th overall) of the 1975 NBA draft.Gerard was on the 1974–75 ABA All-Rookie First Team and made the 1976 ABA All Star Team. He played in all 84...

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Tracy Murray

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Tracy Murray

Tracy Lamont Murray (born July 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player who currently works as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He used to be an analyst with the UCLA Sports Network for all of the games during the UCLA Bruins' basketball season. High School and College Career Murray played competitively at Glendora High School[2] in California. As a senior, he led the nation with his 44.3 scoring average. Murray scored 3,053 points in high school, the highest total ever in the state at that time in 3 years....

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Otis Birdsong

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Otis Birdsong

Otis Lee Birdsong (born December 9, 1955) is an American former professional basketball player. He spent twelve seasons (1977–1989) in the NBA and appeared in four NBA All-Star Games.A 6'3" guard who attended Winter Haven High School and the University of Houston, Birdsong was selected by the Kansas City Kings with the second pick of the 1977 NBA draft. He would spend four seasons with the Kings, averaging a career high 24.6 points per game during the 1980–81 NBA season. He also played seven seasons with the New Jersey Nets and one with the Boston Celtics, and he ended his...

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Darwin Cook

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Darwin Cook

Darwin Louis Cook (born August 6, 1958) is a former American professional basketball player in the NBA.Cook, a 6'3"/1.91 m point guard from Los Angeles, played for four seasons (1976–77 to 1979–80) at the University of Portland, and was subsequently selected by the Detroit Pistons with 70th overall pick (1st in 4th round) in the 1980 NBA draft.His NBA career lasted from 1980 to 1989, playing with the New Jersey Nets, Washington Bullets, Denver Nuggets, and San Antonio Spurs. In 1987 he signed a one-year contract with Scavolini Pesaro of the Italian basketball league before returning to the NBA for...

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