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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Artis Gilmore Article Published in Dec. 9 Issue of Sports Collectors Digest

Artis Gilmore ranks first in NBA/ABA history in career regular season field goal percentage, third in blocked shots (this statistic was not recorded during the careers of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell), fifth in rebounds and 18th in points. He was the 1975 ABA Playoff MVP, leading the Kentucky Colonels to the championship. Prior to that he enjoyed a distinguished collegiate career at Jacksonville, becoming one of only five Division I players to average 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds for a career. It is inexplicable and inexcusable that he has not been inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The December 9 issue of Sports Collectors Digest contains my lengthy profile of Gilmore's career, including the A-Train's recollections of playing against UCLA in the 1970 NCAA Championship, facing off against Wilt Chamberlain in the 1972 NBA-ABA All-Star Game and competing against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1983 Western Conference Finals.

posted by David Friedman @ 11:50 PM


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At Tuesday, April 04, 2006 12:10:00 PM, Blogger Artis Advocate said...

David, thanks for pointing out the injustice of Artis not being in the Hall. We linked to your story on this at our new "Artis for the Hall" blog. Stop by anytime and feel free to send us any posts/material on the subject.


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