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Former Olympian, NBA star Bob Boozer dies at age 75


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.

Quote of the day, Larry Bird gets the laugh at the 1960 US Olympic Team's expense

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“I don’t know who had the best team, but I know the team in 1960 was a hell of a lot tougher than we were. I couldn’t imagine the ’92 team getting in a covered wagon for eight days, going across the country, jumping in the Atlantic Ocean, swimming for six days, then walking 3,000 miles to the Coliseum in Rome for a dollar a day.”

— Larry Bird, at the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, on comparing the 1960 United States Olympic Team and the 1992 Dream Team. The two legendary basketball squads — both welcomed into the hall last Friday — had spent the week taking jabs at each other over who really was the best team.