21 Facts About Bill Sharman

1. Bill Sharman retired as a coach in 1976 and became general manager of the Lakers, a position he held until 1982.

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2. Bill Sharman was named to the NBA All-Star first team in three successive seasons and to the second team in 1953, 1955, and 1960.

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3. Bill Sharman was born on May 25, 1926, in Abilene, Texas.

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4. Bill Sharman was inducted in to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976 as a player and 2004 as a coach.

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5. Bill Sharman died at his home in Redondo Beach, California on October 25, 2013 at the age of 87, after having had a stroke the week prior.

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6. In 2013, Bill Sharman decided to sell his 2010 NBA Championship ring that he received from the Lakers to benefit charity.

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7. Bill Sharman retired from the Lakers front office in 1991 at age 65.

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8. Bill Sharman was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976 as a player and again in 2004 as a coach.

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9. Bill Sharman is one of two men to win NBA and ABA championships as a coach; coincidentally, the other, Alex Hannum, coached a Chamberlain-led team to an NBA championship.

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10. Bill Sharman coached the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League to the league championship in 1962.

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11. Bill Sharman ended his NBA playing career after 11 seasons in 1961.

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12. Bill Sharman played in eight NBA All-Star games, scoring in double figures in seven of them.

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13. Bill Sharman still holds the record for consecutive free throws in the playoffs with 56.

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14. Bill Sharman was one of the first NBA guards to shoot better than.

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15. Bill Sharman was drafted by the Washington Capitols in the 2nd round of the 1950 NBA draft.

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16. Bill Sharman was called up to the Dodgers late in the 1951 season but did not appear in a game.

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17. Bill Sharman served during World War II from 1944 to 1946 in the US Navy, and was a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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18. Bill Sharman completed high school in the Central California city of Porterville, California.

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19. Bill Sharman is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, having been being inducted in 1976 as a player, and in 2004 as a coach.

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20. Bill Sharman was the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach, and executive.

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21. Bill Sharman is mostly known for his time with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s, partnering with Bob Cousy in what some consider the greatest backcourt duo of all time.

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