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  • RIP Wes Unseld

    One of the best athletes ever to come out of Louisville. 13th on the all-time NBA rebound list and 6th in rebounds per game. Selected as one of the NBA's 50 all-time greatest players in 1996. At Seneca HS, won the KY state discus title as a junior in 1963 (145-1/2) and third as a senior (151-9 1/2).

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...ld-dies-age-74

    https://www.courier-journal.com/stor...ba/3124468001/

  • #2
    Wow, what an athlete !

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    • #3
      He played a lot bigger than he was.
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pego View Post
        He played a lot bigger than he was.
        He played a lot taller than he was. Bigger? He seemed nearly as wide as he was tall.

        Fabulous player.....and from all reports....human being as well.

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        • #5
          what I remember most about him was his fabulout outlet-pass skills

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gh View Post
            what I remember most about him was his fabulous outlet-pass skills
            Yes! I always looked forward to seeing him play on the few occasions they showed basketball on TV back then.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NotDutra5
              He played a lot taller than he was. Bigger? He seemed nearly as wide as he was tall.
              "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
              by Thomas Henry Huxley

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DrJay View Post
                One of the best athletes ever to come out of Louisville. 13th on the all-time NBA rebound list and 6th in rebounds per game. Selected as one of the NBA's 50 all-time greatest players in 1996. At Seneca HS, won the KY state discus title as a junior in 1963 (145-1/2) and third as a senior (151-9 1/2).

                https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...ld-dies-age-74

                https://www.courier-journal.com/stor...ba/3124468001/
                He also through the disc for Louisville as well, holding the record for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at somewhere in the 170's.

                On a separate note, I had the good fortune to interviewing his niece for a position a few years back, as she was preparing to leave the military. She was a very likable candidate, but someone scooped her up before we could. When she found out I was a UK Alum, she joked that she was not getting the job. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

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                • #9
                  what distinction do Unseld and Chamberlain (and nobody else) share?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gh View Post
                    what distinction do Unseld and Chamberlain (and nobody else) share?
                    MVP and ROY same season.

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                    • #11
                      bingo.

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                      • #12
                        UL left the KIAC in 1948. Did they still have a KIAC meet in the 1960s, loosely involving active and/or former members?

                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_States_Conference

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DrJay View Post
                          UL left the KIAC in 1948. Did they still have a KIAC meet in the 1960s, loosely involving active and/or former members?

                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_States_Conference
                          Not sure, to be honest. I just recall seeing a list of the KIAC records displayed in Seabury Gym (at Berea College) in the spring of 1978. It may be that someone was a bit overzealous in order to bring the records up a bit.

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