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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

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]

References[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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Kilkenny People

Kilkenny People
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:15:00 -0800

Both Huw Lawlor and his opposite number Jim Pollard were setting the tone for the day, but not until Robbie Murphy put the 'Boro ahead with a wonderful solo effort. The corner-forward picked up possession 30 metres from goal and used his pace to great ...

Sioux Falls Argus Leader

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:10:50 -0700

Jim Pollard, the Laker coach riding in the cockpit with the crew, sided with Gifford. Ullman died of a brain tumor in 1965, and Gifford suspects he was beginning to feel the effects of it in 1960. Gifford says he and Holznagel basically landed the ...
 
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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:31:07 -0800

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Tottenham & Wood Green Journal

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:01:40 -0800

Jim Pollard, who manages Man MOT, said: “Man MOT does what men in Haringey told us they want - it's a free, confidential online health advice service. We hope that once men in other areas see what's available in Haringey they will want Man MOT too but ...
 
14 News WFIE Evansville
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 07:44:43 -0800

Harrison County Emergency Operations spokesman Jim Pollard says, it's too early to say, but it's possible the number of deaths could climb. Pollard said about 30 are dead in Biloxi. Many of the victims were found in an apartment complex near the beach.
 
Haringey Independent
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 03:37:30 -0800

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Basketnet.it

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0800

... programma la partita inaugurarle della stagione: su questo campo era quasi impossibile vincere, dato che i gialloviola, guidati da George Mikan (considerato il giocatore più forte dei primi 50 anni del '900), Vern Mikkelsen e Jim Pollard, avevano ...
 
Faribault County Register
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:43:33 -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 ...
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