- M. L. Carr
infobox NBA player
name = M. L. Carr
position = Guard/Forward
birth_date = birth date and age|1951|1|9
Wallace, North Carolina
height_ft = 6
height_in = 6
weight_lbs = 205
nationality = United States
highschool = Wallace Rose Hill in
Teachey, North Carolina
college = Guilford
draft = 7th, 5th round
draft_year = 1973
career_start = 1974
career_end = 1985
Israel Sabers( Israel) (1974–1975) Spirits of St. Louis(1975–1976) Detroit Pistons(1976–1979) Boston Celtics(1979–1985)
Michael Leon Carr (born
January 9 1951in Wallace, North Carolina) is an American former professional basketballplayer in the National Basketball Associationand American Basketball Association, and former head coach and General Managerof the Boston Celtics. He coached the Celtics for two seasons, posting a career record of 48 wins and 116 losses. He and his wife currently reside in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts. Carr is the Co-founder, President & CEO of WARM2Kids. WARM2Kids [http://www.warm2kids.com] is an information and role model resource for youth. The WARM2Kids Learning Center Program provides much-needed computer & technology centers to community youth centers nationwide.
After graduating from
Guilford College, Carr was selected by the Kentucky Colonelsof the American Basketball Associationwith the 7th pick of the 5th round of the 1973 NBA Draft. However, he was one of the final roster cuts the Colonels made in camp, and was subsequently released.cite web | title=Remember the ABA: Spirits of St. Louis|url=http://www.remembertheaba.com/Spirits-of-St-Louis.html| accessdate=2008-06-24] The following season, Carr played in Israelfor the Israel Sabers in the European Pro Basketball league. For leading his team to the championship, leading the league in scoring, and emerging second in rebounding, he was named Most Valuable Player.
1975-76 NBA season, Carr played for the Spirits of St. Louisin the ABA, averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, and was named to the ABA's All-Rookie Team. The Spirits of St. Louis were one of two ABA teams (the Colonels being the other) that did not join the NBA in the ABA-NBA merger, and as a result Carr joined the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistonsfrom 1976–79 and the Celtics from 1979–85. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during his NBA career, while being selected to the All-Defense second team during the 1979 season after leading the league in steals.
He was best known for the steal and dunk he made in Game 4 of the
1984 NBA Finals, which sealed the victory for Boston, and eventually won a title for them.
Carr later became the General Manager of the Celtics in 1994. He later took over as coach for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. In his last year as coach, the Celtics had the worst record in team history, winning just 15 games and losing 67, which some thought was an effort to get a stronger draft position and poise the team for a comeback under famed college coach, Rick Pitino. He was replaced at the end of season by
Rick Pitinowho was unable to restore the team to the glory of Carr's playing days. After the 1997 season, he became the Celtics' Director of Corporate Development.
Carr later became president of the WNBA's
Charlotte Stingas part of a failed attempt to become the owner of an expansion NBA team in Charlotte, along with Steve Belkinand former teammate Larry Bird. He is now an investor in the Charlotte Bobcats.
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