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“The impact that Wayne Embry has made in his lifetime goes so far beyond Miami University and the game of basketball at all levels. It is impossible to put into words the true scope of his influence and the ground he paved for so many,” said Miami University Director of Athletics David Sayler. “To be able to honor him with a statue that will be a permanent tribute means so much to our basketball program, athletic department and university. I want to sincerely thank Randy Ayers and Jayne Whitehead for spearheading the efforts with the donors to make this project a reality.”
Not only will Embry have a statue at the school, but a scholarship in his name will created to aid varsity men’s basketball student-athletes. Embry’s accolades upon his retirement include an NBA championship, five-time All-Star and two-time Executive of the Year. “The experience was profound, providing inspiration and confidence for me throughout my collegiate career and a moment I also reflected back upon when I first became general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Embry of his honor.

That’s how the groundwork was laid for one of the most consequential trades in league history. To this day, its impact cannot be overstated. The Bucks have yet to reach an NBA Finals in the four-plus decades since. The Lakers, who would ultimately land Abdul-Jabbar, used the 1980s to cement themselves as one of the league’s marquee teams — and as a destination for stars with a case of wanderlust.