POINTS 12,665 (17.8 ppg)
REBOUNDS 2,779 (3.9 rpg)
ASSISTS 2,101 (3.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
WILLIAM WALTON "BILL" SHARMAN (May 25, 1926 – October 25, 2013) was
an American professional basketball player and coach. He is mostly
known for his time with the
He was the first North American sports figure to win a championship
as a player, coach, and executive. He was a 10-time NBA champion
(having won four titles as a player with the Celtics, one as head
coach of the
Los Angeles Lakers
* 1 Early years * 2 Baseball career * 3 NBA playing career * 4 Professional coaching career * 5 Later years * 6 Head coaching record * 7 References * 8 External links
Sharman completed high school in the Central California city of
Porterville, California . He served during World War II from 1944 to
1946 in the US Navy , and was a graduate of the University of Southern
California . He played 1st base on the 1948 USC Trojans' College World
Series championship team. Following his senior year, Sharman was
selected as one of the 1950 NCAA Men\'s
From 1950 to 1955 Sharman played professional baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league system. He was called up to the Dodgers late in the 1951 season but did not appear in a game. He was part of a September 27 game in which the entire Brooklyn bench was cleared from the dugout for arguing with the home plate umpire over a ruling at the plate. This has led to the legend that Sharman holds the distinction of being the only player in baseball history to have ever been ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one. However, although Sharman was among the Dodger bench players that had to go to the clubhouse, none of them were actually barred from playing in the game. In fact, in the top of the ninth, one of the other dismissed players, Wayne Terwilliger , was used as a pinch-hitter in the game.
NBA PLAYING CAREER
Sharman was drafted by the
Washington Capitols in the 2nd round of
Sharman was one of the first NBA guards to shoot better than .400
from the field. He led the NBA in free throw percentage a record seven
times (including a record five consecutive seasons), and his mark of
93.2% in the 1958–59 season remained the NBA record until Ernie
DiGregorio topped it in 1976–77. Sharman still holds the record for
consecutive free throws in the playoffs with 56. Sharman was named to
All-NBA First Team
Sharman played in eight NBA All-Star games, scoring in double figures in seven of them. He was named the 1955 NBA All-Star Game MVP after scoring ten of his fifteen points in the fourth quarter. Sharman still holds the NBA All-Star Game record for field goals attempted in a quarter with 12.
Sharman ended his NBA playing career after 11 seasons in 1961 .
PROFESSIONAL COACHING CAREER
Sharman coached the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League to the league championship in 1962. He next went on to coach Los Angeles State (now California State, Los Angeles ) for two seasons.
In 1970–71 he coached the
The following season, he guided the
Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West
Los Angeles Lakers
Sharman invented the morning shootaround as a way to burn off nervous energy on game days. He took the shootaround with him to his first coaching jobs in the ABL, the ABA, and later, the NBA. After the Lakers won the championship in 1972, every other team in the league added the shootaround to its game-day regimen.
Sharman was enshrined in the
In 1971, Sharman was named to the NBA 25th Anniversary Team . On October 29, 1996, Sharman was named one of the NBA\'s 50 Greatest Players .
As Lakers General Manager, Sharman built the 1980 and 1982 NBA Championship teams, and as Lakers President he oversaw the 1985, 1987 and 1988 NBA Championship teams. Sharman retired from the Lakers front office in 1991 at age 65.