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Jim Pollard
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Personal information
Born (1922-07-09)July 9, 1922
Oakland, California
Died January 22, 1993(1993-01-22) (aged 70)
Stockton, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Oakland Tech (Oakland, California)
College Stanford (1941–1942)
NBA draft 1947 / Round: – / Pick: –
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Pro career 1947–1955
Position Forward / Center
Number 17
Career history
1947–1955 Minneapolis Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA and NBA statistics
Points 5,762 (13.2 ppg)
Rebounds 2,487 (7.8 rpg)
Assists 1,417 (3.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

James Clifford "Jim" Pollard (July 9, 1922 – January 22, 1993) was an American basketball player and coach.

In college, Pollard played for Stanford and was a key member of Stanford's 1942 national championship team (though due to illness, he did not play in the final game). During World War II, he starred in Coast Guard teams from Alameda to Honolulu. Following World War II, Pollard played for the San Diego Dons and the Oakland Bittners, making four trips to Denver for AAU playoffs. In the NBA, Pollard was considered one of the best forwards in the 1940s and 1950s, and was known for his leaping ability[1] (Pollard would occasionally dunk from the free throw line during warmups[2]) earning him the nickname "The Kangaroo Kid".

In 1952, players who had performed in the NBA since its inception (after the merging of the NBL and the BAA) selected Pollard as the best player of the period.[3] Pollard teamed with George Mikan and Vern Mikkelsen for the Minneapolis Lakers, forming one of the best front courts in basketball history. The Lakers won six professional basketball titles: 1948 (NBL), 1949 (BAA), 1950 (NBA), 1952 (NBA), 1953 (NBA), 1954 (NBA).[4]

Pollard ended his career after eight seasons, beginning in the NBL in 1947 and ending in the NBA in 1955. He went on to coach La Salle University men's basketball for three seasons from 1955–1958, compiling a record of 48-28.

Pollard coached the Minneapolis Lakers in 1960, the Chicago Packers in 1961-62, Minnesota Muskies of the American Basketball Association in 1967 and 1968. He then coached The Floridians of the same league in 1968 and 1969 followed by two seasons at Florida Atlantic University in Ft. Lauderdale.

Pollard was considered an exceptional all-around athlete. During his NBA career, Pollard also played amateur baseball for Jordan, Minnesota's Town Team baseball club. He was reputed to be "a good pitcher and a powerful hitter." It was there that Pollard famously "hit a ball that didn't stop until it got to Chicago," because it landed in a gondola car in a freight train passing by the ballpark.[5]

Pollard was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. He has also been inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame, Stanford Hall of Fame, and Pac-12 Hall of Honor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jackie, Krentzman (February 12, 1996). "Jam boree - basketball's dunk shot; includes related articles". The Sporting News. 
  2. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 49. ISBN 0-679-43293-0. 
  3. ^ "James C. "Jim" Pollard". Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  4. ^ Thornley, Stew (1989). Basketball's Original Dynasty: The History of the Lakers. Minneapolis: Nodin Press. 
  5. ^ Town Ball, the Glory Days of Minnesota Amateur Baseball, Armand Peterson and Tom Tomashek, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, page x (introduction), ISBN 0-8166-4675-9

External links[edit]

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252 news items

Casper Star-Tribune Online

Casper Star-Tribune Online
Sun, 11 Oct 2015 07:26:15 -0700

If you survive combat, you can survive anything — you can make it no matter what,” Jim Pollard said. Survive he has. From a major firefight that nearly wiped out his entire platoon to dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and surviving a ...

Hardwood Paroxysm

Hardwood Paroxysm
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:07:30 -0800

Mikan, Jim Pollard and the Lakers were just too much for the Capitols—who despite winning Games 4 and 5—stood almost no chance. When it was all said and done Minneapolis locked up the first of their two consecutive champions (1 BAA, 1 NBA) 77-56.
San Jose Mercury News
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:18:45 -0700

Jim Pollard of Classic Communities, which is finishing up an 18-unit housing project in downtown, also argued against the fee. Building more homes, he said, was the best way to lower prices. "We recognize the need for more affordable housing," he said.

NbaReligion (Comunicati Stampa) (Blog)

NbaReligion (Comunicati Stampa) (Blog)
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 07:56:15 -0800

A parte una stagione, la 1959-60, che vide alternarsi sulla panchina John Castellani e la vecchia gloria Jim Pollard, nel periodo sotto la nostra lente d'ingrandimento gli allenatori dei Lakers furono 4. Il primo fu il leggendario John Kundla, il coach ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:10:30 -0700

2. Maui, Hawaii. Share on Pinterest. Credit: Sara Byrne of Dylan and Sara Photography. 3. Wanaka, New Zealand. Share on Pinterest. Credit: Jim Pollard of Jim Pollard Goes Click. 4. Paris, France. Share on Pinterest. Credit: Ivo Popov Ivo Popov Photography.
Faribault County Register
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:48:45 -0800

Ross Pollard had been living in Wisconsin, taking care of his grandmother, Jim Pollard's mother, who had Lou Gehrig's disease and was dying. He had a studio in her home for his work. After her death, he wanted to move to Blue Earth. But, he needed some ...

New York Daily News

New York Daily News
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:56:15 -0700

At least 50 people were confirmed dead in Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., which were ravaged by the storm. The bulk of the deaths occurred at an apartment complex in Biloxi, said Jim Pollard, spokesman for the Harrison County's emergency operations center.
aParently Speaking
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:03:28 -0700

Kenny Lawler Sr., father of Cal's prolific junior wideout, is proud of his son but says opponents are going about defending him all wrong. Kenny Sr., who played cornerback at Oregon 35 years ago, is now defensive coordinator at San Bernardino Valley JC.

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