infobox NBA Player
name = Luc Longley
position = Center
height_ft = 7 | height_in = 2
weight_lbs = 292
birth_date = birth date and age|1969|1|19
college = New Mexico
draft = 7th overall
draft_year = 1991
career_start = 1991
career_end = 2001
Perth Wildcats1986 Minnesota Timberwolves1991-94 Chicago Bulls1994-98 Phoenix Suns1998-2000 New York Knicks2000-01
Lucien James "Luc" Longley (born
January 19 1969in Melbourne, Victoria) is a retired Australian professional basketballplayer, who was the first Australian to play in the NBA. He attended college at the University of New Mexico. Known for his passing ability and free spirit, Longley drew comparisons to fellow redhead Bill Waltonupon his entry into the NBA.
Longley was drafted 7th overall by the
Minnesota Timberwolvesin 1991. After two plus mediocre seasons with the struggling franchise, the 7'2" (218 cm) center was traded to the Chicago Bullsfor Stacey Kinglate in the 1993-94 season. He won three straight championships with the Bulls from 1996 to 1998.
Following the break up of the championship Bulls in 1998, Chicago did a sign and trade with Longley, sending him to the
Phoenix Sunsfor Mark Bryant, Martin Muursepp, Bubba Wellsand a conditional first-round draft pick. Longley spent two lackluster seasons with Phoenix, where he gained less attention for his play than for being stung twice by a scorpion while sitting on the floor of his home sorting through his CD collection. [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_18_224/ai_62052400 1] (Longley also had difficulties with bodysurfing - he managed to separate his shoulder and miss 18 games in 1997. [http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1009654/index.htm] ) He was traded to the New York Knicksprior to the 2000-01 NBA seasonin what was only the second four-team trade in NBA history. The Suns acquired Chris Dudleyas part of the deal together with a first-round draft pick from New York and an undisclosed amount of cash, while New York received Longley, Glen Rice, Travis Knight, Vladimir Stepania, Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, two first-round draft picks (from the Los Angeles Lakersand the Seattle SuperSonics) and two second-round draft picks from Seattle. Seattle received Patrick Ewingand the Lakers received Horace Grant, Greg Foster, Chuck Personand Emanual Davis. Longley spent one year with New York before retiring. Longley averaged 7.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his 567 regular season game NBA career. Longley played more NBA games than any other Australian and is widely regarded as one of the best Australian basketballers ever.
Although Longley did not appear in many international matches with the Australian Boomers during his career, this could be due to various injuries that stemmed from an ankle injury that eventually ended his playing days.
Scotch College, Perthfor the majority of his high schooling, was part-owner of the Perth Wildcatsbasketball club in the Australian National Basketball League for several years (he played 2 games for the club in 1986), and is currently the #1 ticket holder of the Fremantle Football Clubin the Australian Football League.
On April 6, 2007, Longley's $2 million [http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21517891-2,00.html Explosion woke basketball player] , April 7, 2007] home in
Fremantle, Western Australia, was destroyed by fire. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2829470 Ex-Bulls center, family safe following Friday night's fire] , April 7, 2007] It is believed much of Longley's memorabilia from his basketball career was lost, although his three championship rings may have been spared.
* [http://www.nba.com/playerfile/luc_longley/ NBA.com player file]
David Zingler: [http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/10-13-2001-5335.asp Luc Longley: A footnote in NBA history]
* [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_18_224/ai_62052400 Stung by a scorpion reference]
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