Earl The Pearl Monroe
Dean Meminger
May 13, 1948 – August 23, 2013
Meminger was also the MVP of the 1970 National Invitation Tournament, in which Marquette beat Pete Maravich and LSU 101-79 in the semi-finals before defeating St. John’s 65-53 in the title game. Meminger was drafted in the first round (number 16 overall) of the 1971 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, with whom he played from 1971 to 1974 and 1976-1977.
Dean Meminger (RIP)
Dick Barnett doing his legendary 2 foot Kickback jumper!
"Barnett’s most recognizable playing feature was the way he kicked both legs back as he took his jump shot.”
New York Knicks12 Dick Barnett
A three-time All-America player at Tennessee A & I (now Tennessee State University), Barnett led his team to three consecutive NAIA national championships for Hall of Fame Coach John McLendon. Barnett was named championship MVP in 1958 and 1959.
The top draft choice of the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) of the NBA, Barnett played with the team until 1961, when he jumped ship from the NBA to play in the American Basketball League (ABL) with the Cleveland Pipers, who were owned by George Steinbrenner, the future owner of the New York Yankees. Barnett led them to an ABL Championship in the 1961-62 season. He then returned to the NBA to play with the Los Angeles Lakers for three seasons (legendary Laker announcer Chick Hearn nicknamed him “Fall Back Baby”) and played on two NBA championship teams with the New York Knicks in 1969-70 and 1972-73.
Tennessee State University retired Richard “Dick the Skull” Barnett’s Jersey in 2006.[citation needed]
Barnett’s most recognizable playing feature was the way he kicked both legs back as he took his jump shot.[1] In April 2007, both he and his college coach John McClendon were inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.[2] Barnett is also inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.[3]