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Walt Bellamy

Full name: Walter Jones "Walt" Bellamy, Jr.
Nickname(s): Bells
Gender: Male
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Born: July 24, 1937 in New Bern, North Carolina, United States
Died: November 2, 2013
Affiliations: Indiana Hoosiers, Bloomington (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Walt Bellamy was the starting center on the 1960 Olympic gold medal team. He played for Indiana University and made most of the All-America teams in 1960 and 1961 before being drafted in 1961 by the Chicago Packers, a short-lived NBA expansion team. Bellamy starred in the NBA from the start – he was Rookie of the Year in 1962, leading the league in field-goal percentage (with what was then a record .519) and averaging 31.6 points and 19 rebounds a game. During a 14-year career which saw him play for five teams - the Packers, who became the Baltimore Bullets, the New York Knicks, the Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks, and the New Orleans Jazz. Bellamy was one of the top centers in the league and ended up with career averages of over 20 points and 13.5 rebounds. From 1964-66 he was the NBA career leader in field goal percentage, but was later surpassed by Wilt Chamberlain.

Bellamy’s 14th year was a short one as he played just one game with the Jazz but this made him the last of the 1960 Olympians to be playing pro basketball. Bellamy had an active business career while he played pro basketball. Investing wisely in real estate and office buildings his career since leaving basketball was spent managing his investments and doing public relations for several Southern firms.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Final Round Match #2 1 1960-09-08 USA 112, ITA 81 8
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Final Round Match #4 1 1960-09-10 USA 90, BRA 63 0
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #1 1 1960-09-01 USA 104, YUG 42 8
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #4 1 1960-09-02 USA 108, URU 50 13
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #6 1 1960-09-03 USA 81, URS 57 7
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #2 1 1960-08-26 USA 88, ITA 54 10
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #3 1 1960-08-27 USA 125, JPN 66 9
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #5 1 1960-08-29 USA 107, HUN 63 10