22 Facts About Billy Cunningham


William John Cunningham was born on June 3,1943 and is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid for his leaping and record-setting rebounding abilities.


Billy Cunningham spent a total of 17 seasons with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, and two seasons as a player with the Carolina Cougars of the ABA.


One of basketball's all-time greats, Billy Cunningham was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and honored by selection to both the NBA's 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams as one of its legendary players, as well as to the ABA All-Time Team.


Billy Cunningham was All-ACC, the ACC Player of the Year, and an All-American in college, later named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the fifty best players in Atlantic Coast Conference history.


Billy Cunningham was an NBA champion both as a player and as a coach.


Billy Cunningham was born in the Parkville section of Brooklyn, New York.


Billy Cunningham's fame began while he was playing at St Rose of Lima and later Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, where he was the MVP in the Brooklyn League in 1961.


Billy Cunningham then went to the University of North Carolina, where he excelled.


Billy Cunningham once grabbed a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson on February 16,1963.


Billy Cunningham set a single-game North Carolina record with 48 points against Tulane on December 10,1964.


In 1965, Billy Cunningham joined the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association.


Billy Cunningham played 80 games, primarily as a sixth man, while averaging 14.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.


Billy Cunningham was a member of the powerful 1967 Sixers championship team, which featured Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Chet Walker, and Luke Jackson.


Billy Cunningham announced on June 15,1972, that he was going to play with the Cougars beginning with the upcoming season at press conferences in Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina which occurred almost simultaneous to the Sixers' introduction of Roy Rubin as its new head coach.


Billy Cunningham led the Cougars to the best record in the league and was selected to the All-ABA First Team and was named the ABA MVP.


Billy Cunningham recorded 14 triple doubles in the NBA and 5 in the ABA, good for 43rd all-time in the NBA and 5th in the ABA.


In 1996, Billy Cunningham was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History as part of the NBA's 50th Anniversary.


Billy Cunningham reached both the 300 and 400-win milestones faster than any coach in NBA history.


Billy Cunningham is still the winningest coach in Sixers history.


In 1987, Billy Cunningham replaced Tom Heinsohn as the lead color commentator for CBS' NBA telecasts.


Billy Cunningham left CBS Sports the following season to join the Miami Heat expansion franchise as a minority owner; he ultimately sold his interest of the Heat on August 12,1994.


Billy Cunningham was replaced on CBS by Hubie Brown, but would return to CBS to help fill in during the 1990 NBA Playoffs, partnered with Verne Lundquist.