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Bob Boozer

Full name: Robert Lewis "Bob" Boozer
Nickname(s): Bullet Bob
Gender: Male
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
Weight: 218 lbs (99 kg)
Born: April 25, 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: May 19, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Affiliations: Kansas State Wildcats, Manhattan (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Bullet Bob Boozer was an All-American forward at Kansas State who graduated in 1959, the year he also won gold at the Pan American Games. At K State he averaged 21.9 points for his career, and 25.9 points in his senior season, a school record not broken until 2008. A sure bet to play pro basketball, he had a dream of playing in the Olympics. So although he was drafted by Cincinnati in 1959 as the #1 pick, he made them wait a year while he played AAU basketball with the Peoria Cats – and won a gold medal. Boozer was worth the wait. He only played four years with Cincinnati but had an 11-year NBA career, playing with the Cincinnati Royals, the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls, the Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks, during which he averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and played in one NBA All-Star Game – in 1968. During his last season, he helped the Milwaukee Bucks win the 1971 championship. Boozer returned to his hometown of Omaha after leaving pro basketball. He worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone as well as owning several radio stations in partnership with baseball great Bob Gibson. Boozer also did some sportscasting on local college basketball games. For Northwestern Bell, he spent 10 years as a federal lobbyist in Washington. In 1997, after retiring from Bell, he was appointed to the Nebraska State Board of Parole.

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 0
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Final Round Match #4 1 1960-09-10 USA 90, BRA 63 6
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #1 1 1960-09-01 USA 104, YUG 42 15
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #4 1 1960-09-02 USA 108, URU 50 9
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #6 1 1960-09-03 USA 81, URS 57 4
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #2 1 1960-08-26 USA 88, ITA 54 4
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #3 1 1960-08-27 USA 125, JPN 66 10
1960 Summer 23 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #5 1 1960-08-29 USA 107, HUN 63 8