Arnelle graduated from Penn State in 1955 following historic career with the Nittany Lions’ football and basketball programs. He helped lead Penn State to the 1954 NCAA Final Four and, at the time, became Penn State’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 2,138 points and 1,238 rebounds. Later, both NFL and NBA teams drafted Arnelle. He chose to join the latter and played with the NBA’s then-Fort Wayne Pistons for 31 games.
John Karalis: Sad to learn about the passing of former Celtic Bob Bigelow. I met Bob many years ago working basketball camps with my former high school coach in Rhode Island. He was so great with the kids. Thoughts go out to his family. lanefuneral.com/book-of-memori…
Baby names are always a mirror of the times. Changes in the 2020 list reflect a year of loss and political divisiveness. Kobe shot up 175% after Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, lost his life in a tragic helicopter accident alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (up 216%). On the social and political fronts, Kamala (up 104%) and Liberty (up 12%) rose in popularity, while Karen and Chad declined by 13% and 12% respectively.
Hartman was the de facto general manager of the Lakers. The concession to journalism was that he did not often write about the Lakers in his newspaper column. In 1947, Hartman took a $15,000 check from Morris Chalfen to Detroit. He met Morris Winston, the owner of the Detroit Gems, at the airport, gave him the check, and the National Basketball League franchise relocated to Minneapolis as the Lakers. Chalfen’s partner was Ben Berger. Hartman, then 28, was offered the job as general manager, with the stipulation that he quit his newspaper job. He wouldn’t do that, so Max Winter — a former boxing promoter — became the official GM, with Hartman involved in personnel decisions. “Involved”’ was not a word Sid would use, by the way. He insisted that he made all of the personnel decisions that turned the Lakers into a dynasty in the early years of pro basketball.
Bismack Biyombo: Rest easy my brother, I’ve been going to the BWB and I haven’t seen anyone so joyous as you and your wife! You gave us your time and your energy to develop kids in Africa! Thank you so very much my brother, may God open the door for you and welcome you in a better place ove you