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Alex Groza
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Basketball Player
    (October 7, 1926-January 21, 1995)
    Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio
    Attended the University of Kentucky
    Two-time NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1948-1949)
    Olympic Gold Medallist (1948)
    Drafted 2nd overall by the Indianapolis Olympians in the 1949 BAA Draft
    Center for the Indianapolis Olympians (1949-1951)
    Two-time NBA Field Goal Pct. Leader (1950-1951)
    One All-Star selection (1951)
    Head coach for the Kentucky Colonels (ABA) (1970-1971) and the San Diego Conquistadors (ABA) (1974-1975)
    Brother of Pro Football Hall of Fame placekicker Lou Groza
    He guided the Olympians to the NBA Western Division Finals and the team was eliminated by the Anderson Packers in 3 games during his first NBA season.
    He was sometimes nicknamed 'The Thumb' while his brother, Lou, was nicknamed 'The Toe.'
    He and Ralph Beard were banned from the NBA for life for point shaving in their time in college.
    His ABA coaching career was uneventful.
    He named one of his two sons after himself.
    He was used as the captain of the Kentucky Wildcats' 'Fabulous Five' that won two straight NCAA Championships (1948-1949).
    He earned All-American honors twice while attending the University of Kentucky.
    He was one of the very first players to compete in the NBA All-Star Game.
    He recorded an NBA career high with an average of 23.4 points a game in his first NBA season.
    He ended his NBA career with an average of 21.7 points a game.
    He won his first two games as an ABA head coach.
    Following his coaching career, he worked as a sales manager until he died.

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