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Former Olympian, NBA star Bob Boozer dies at age 75

May 21, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

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Bob Boozer, a member of the United States 1960 Olympic gold medal team and former NBA All-Star has died due to a brain aneurysm at the age of 75.

Boozer was an 11-year NBA player after being the No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Royals after his two All-American years at Kansas State. Over the course of his career he averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds rebounds per game. When you look at the similarity scores at Basketball-Reference.com — finding guys who impacted the game in about the same level — the recent name that pops up is Richard Jefferson.

Boozer was an All-Star in 1968 and was part of the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks championship team led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He played for six teams during his 11 years in the association.

He may be best remembered as part of the 1960 Olympic team that won a gold medal behind Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. That team was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

  1. Kansachusetts - May 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Thanks for posting this. I remember him playing at Kansas State when I was a kid. Always wondered what happened to him.

  2. dadawg77 - May 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    The news cause some confusion in Chicago as he was an original Bull.

    • philtration - May 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Only NBA team to make the playoffs in their first season.
      Boozer was a good guy.

  3. boilerup1869 - May 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Only talented Boozer to ever play for the Bulls.

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