- Bill Sharman
William Walton "Bill" Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in
Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketballplayer and coach. Sharman was raised in the rural city of Porterville, Californiaand is mostly known for his time with the Boston Celticsin the 1950s, partnering with Bob Cousyin what some consider the greatest backcourt duo of all time. While Cousy was primarily the playmaker, Sharman was the shooter.
From 1950 to 1955 Sharman played
professional baseballin the Brooklyn Dodgers minor leaguesystem. He was called up to the Dodgers late in the 1951 season but did not appear in a game; as a result of a September 27 game in which the entire Brooklyn bench was ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire, Sharman holds the distinction of being the only player to have ever been ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one.
Sharman was one of the first guards to shoot better than .400 from the field. He led the NBA in free throw percentage seven times, and his mark of 93.2% in the 1958-59 season remained the NBA record until
Ernie DiGregoriotopped it in 1976-77. Sharman still holds the record for consecutive free throws in the playoffs with 56. Sharman was named to the All-NBA First Team from 1956 through 1959, and was an All-NBA Second Team member in 1953, 1955, and 1960. Sharman played in eight NBA All-Star games, and was named the 1955 NBA All-Star GameMVP. Sharman ended his career after 11 seasons in 1961.
In 1970-71 he coached the
Utah Starsto an ABA title and was a co-recipient of the ABA Coach of the Year honors. The following season he guided the Wilt Chamberlainand Jerry West-led Los Angeles Lakersto an NBA record 33 game win streak, a then-record 69-13 win-loss mark, the first Lakers championship in more than a decade, and was named NBA Coach of the Year. He is one of two men to win NBA and ABA championships as a coach; coincidentally, the other, Alex Hannum, also coached a Chamberlain-led team (the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers) to an NBA championship.
Sharman was enshrined in the
Basketball Hall of Famein 1976 as a player and in 2004, he was also enshrined as a coach. He is one of only three people to be enshrined in both categories, after John Woodenand Lenny Wilkens. On October 29, 1996, Sharman was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.
He is a graduate of the
University of Southern Californiaand served during World War IIfrom 1944 to 1946 in the US Navy.
The gymnasium at
PortervilleHigh School is named after him.
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/sharmbi01.html Profile as a player]
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/sharmbi01c.html Profile as a coach]
* [http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/Sharman.htm Basketball Hall of Fame profile]
* [http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php/Bill_Sharman Hoopedia bio]
NAME = Sharman, Bill
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Sharman, William Walton (full name)
SHORT DESCRIPTION = American basketball player and coach
DATE OF BIRTH = May 25, 1926
PLACE OF BIRTH = Abilene,
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =
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