SCOTT DEAN WEDMAN (born July 29, 1952) is an American former
professional basketball player who played several seasons in the
* 1 Early life * 2 Kansas City Kings
* 3 Later career
* 4 Post playing career * 5 References * 6 External links
Wedman was born in
Harper, Kansas . He lived on a 100-acre farm. His
father, Tom, was a Boeing engineer. His family moved to Denver before
moving back to Kansas. His older brother, Mike, was a national class
pole vaulter and decathlete at the
University of Colorado
When he was twelve years old, Wedman's midget-league basketball team won the city championship. Wedman was not a varsity starter until his Senior year, when a growth spurt invigorated his game. He averaged 19 points a game and made All-State.
KANSAS CITY KINGS
Wedman was a proficient shooter. He represented the Kansas City Kings
twice in the
He hit a career summit in 1979–80 and 1980–81, with a scoring average of 19.0 points per game. On January 2, 1980, he scored 45 points in an overtime win at Utah for his career high. Wedman was a key to Kansas City's postseason success in 1981. Despite finishing the regular season with only a 40-42 record, the Kings caught fire in the playoffs, beating Portland and Phoenix before losing in the Western Conference finals to Houston in five games.
At the 1981
Wedman never found the same scoring groove after signing with Cleveland, where he averaged only 10.9 points per game in 1981–82.
In Boston, he was instrumental as a player off the bench in the
Celtics' NBA championships in 1984 and 1986 . Boston fans remember
Wedman's performance in the Memorial Day Massacre , an appellation for
Game 1 of the
1985 NBA Finals . Coming off the bench, Wedman hit all
11 of his shots, including four three-pointers, in Boston's 148-114
win over the Lakers. He often spelled
Wedman was also a strict vegetarian during his playing career, not for any moral reasons but for health purposes. For this, Wedman was teased mercilessly by both Bird and McHale in practices and at meals.
On October 16, 1987, he was traded by the Celtics with
Sam Vincent to
POST PLAYING CAREER
Wedman returned to Kansas City where he lives today and operates his real estate business.
In June 2007, Wedman was named head coach of the Great Falls Explorers of the CBA .
* ^ A B May, Peter. The Last Banner: The Story of the 1985–86
Celtics and the NBA's Greatest Team of All Time, Simon & Schuster,
* ^ 2015 Track and Field Media Guide,
University of Colorado