Artis Gilmore Rumors
Gilmore, Louie Dampier, Dan Issel and more than two dozen of the Colonels’ former players and staff have agreed to sign autographs at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade preview party Tuesday night at the Kentucky Exposition Center, to ride in Thursday’s parade as honorary grand marshals and, at least subliminally, to help rekindle the community’s interest in bringing pro basketball back to town. “Louisville has just really developed in many, many ways,” said Gilmore, the Hall of Fame center. “It’s not a small city anymore. They are prepared to handle an NBA franchise, and they can meet that challenge.”
According to Basketball Reference, only 10 different players in NBA history have ever recorded a 30-30 game. For comparison’s sake, Major League Baseball has seen 23 individuals throw a perfect game and there’s only been 12 people to ever walk on the surface of the moon. It’s not this particular game that was so incredible, but really, Howard’s body of work this season as a whole. He’s on pace to be the first player age 32 or older since Artis Gilmore in 1983 to average at least 16.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for an entire NBA campaign. Elvin Hayes is the only other player to ever accomplish this feat, doing so twice from 1977-79.
The colorful legacy of the American Basketball Association will be celebrated at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 7, 2018, when the ABA’s 50th reunion is held. All proceeds will go to the Dropping Dimes Foundation, an Indianapolis-based charity that assists former ABA players, coaches, and team employees in need of financial or health care assistance. The event will bring a retro ABA All-Star weekend feel to downtown Indianapolis. Many of the league’s greatest players and coaches are scheduled to attend, including former Pacers legend George McGinnis and legendary Pacers coach Slick Leonard, Julius Erving, Spencer Haywood, Dan Issel, George Gervin, and Artis Gilmore. NBC announcer Bob Costas will serve as master of ceremonies. During the program, the list of the ABA’s all-time 50 greatest players will be announced, as voted on by a media panel.
Rick Barry’s golf team, which helped raise money for four charities, also included Naples residents Garrett Richter, Bud Hornbeck, Brian Psota and Patrick Trittler. They combined for a low score of 55 in a field that included Basketball Hall of Famers Ralph Sampson, Artis Gilmore, Bernard King and Alex English among others. Recently retired players Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton also played. “These were really good players,” Barry said of his teammates. “They had two or three handicaps. I don’t play a lot anymore because I like to fish so much. Fly fishing. I’ll go down to Mexico or I’ll go up to Alaska. “I go to Mexico where you can actually catch some really good marlin there.”
Artis Gilmore and Stan Albeck, key figures on the early 1980s Spurs teams that could never quite get past the hated Los Angeles Lakers, will headline the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. Also slated for induction are the late Joe Straus, Sr., a former Spurs investor and standout athlete, and the 2009 McAllister Park team that reached the Little League World Series. The induction ceremony will be held Feb. 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.