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Basketball Player
    (September 21, 1949- )
    Born in Chipley, Florida
    Nickname is The A-Train
    Played center for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA (1971-76)
    In the NBA played for the Chicago Bulls (1976-82, 1987), San Antonio Spurs (1982-87) and Boston Celtics (1988)
    Named the ABA's Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Playoffs MVP (1972)
    5-time All-Star with the ABA (1972-76) and 6-time All-Star with the NBA (1978-79, 1981-83, 1986)
    Combined stats: 24,941 points (18.8 points per game), 16,330 rebounds (12.3 rebounds per game) and 3,178 blocks (2.4 blocks per game)
    Inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame (August 12, 2011)
    Though he achieved many awards at his Jacksonville U. alma mater, as well as becoming the top player in rebounds per game in the history of NCAA Division I basketball, his team lost the 1970 title game to UCLA.
    A legit superstar in the ABA, his 1976 arrival in the NBA was overshadowed by Dr. J.
    He was able to play some of his final games as a teammate of Michael Jordan (1987) and Larry Bird (1988), but his skills had eroded and he was shipped off to Italy for his final year before retirement.
    It took 17 years from the time he was eligible (and 23 years since his last NBA game) for his entrance into the Hall of Fame.
    His wife's name is Enola Gay, the same name as the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WWII.
    During is ABA playing days he established records for career field goal percentage (.557), career blocked shots (750), blocked shots in a season (287 in 1973-74), and rebounds in a game (40).
    When the ABA folded in 1976, he was chosen #1 overall by the Chicago Bulls in a special dispersal draft.
    During the 1980-81 season he made an astounding 67% of the shots he attempted, 3rd highest ever in the NBA.
    In his career he had a 670 consecutive games played streak.
    He remains active in the Jacksonville community, and his Hall of Fame entrance was attended by both the president of JU and the mayor of Jacksonville.
    Stealing the spotlight (momentarily) from fellow 2011 Hall of Fame classmate Dennis Rodman, he humbly stated that no other inductee 'will appreciate it more than I do.'
    At the time of his induction (with a minimum of 2,000 shots made), he remains the NBA career leader in field goal percentage at 59.9%.

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