Nate Thurmond
American basketball player
Nate Thurmond
Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond is a retired American basketball player. Dominant at both center and power forward, he was a seven-time All-Star and the first player in NBA history to record an official quadruple-double. Thurmond remains one of the greatest rebounders and shot blockers ever, named both a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
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Nate Thurmond, Warriors Center and Defensive Wall, Dies at 74
NYTimes - 7 months
A seven-time All-Star and Hall of Fame player went toe-to-toe with the N.B.A.’s dominant big men.
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NBA great Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame center and former Bull, dies at 74
Chicago Times - 8 months
Former NBA great Nate Thurmond, a tenacious defensive center who played with Wilt Chamberlain and was an iconic sports figure in two cities, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74. The Golden State Warriors announced the death of one of the team's most iconic players less than...
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Barnett's tenure with Warriors worth celebrating
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Barnett's contract will expire in the spring, and as he met with team president Rick Welts and marketing executives to discuss the future, there was "mutual agreement," said Barnett, that he join Bob Fitzgerald on the Comcast telecasts for one more season and then move into an ambassador's role with the club, entailing speaking engagements, community functions "and whatever else they'd like me to do." [...] he'll turn 70 next July, forcing both parties to take a hard look down the road. Barnett's television work dates to the 1985-86 season, when he teamed with Greg Papa - "one of the best guys in the business, an absolute pro and a guy who taught me a lot." What makes him so great is that he had a long playing career, back in the '60s and '70s, so he's seen every player, every year, every style, and can bring that into context. Barnett's thirst for travel is a product of his upbringing in an Air Force family, living in South Carolina, California, China, Orlando and Georgia before m ...
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Lakers' record within reach of Heat
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Lakers' record within reach of Heat A three-game winning streak would sound just fine to the Warriors right now. The Knicks won two titles in the early 1970s ('70 and '73), and the Celtics won two ('74 and '76). The Warriors had an entertaining team featuring Cazzie Russell, Nate Thurmond, Jeff Mullins, Joe Ellis and a flashy, relentless guard named Jim Barnett. The Knicks faced the Lakers without an injured Earl Monroe, but staged a ball-movement clinic with Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley, Dick Barnett and Jerry Lucas. When it comes to star power and quality of the opposition, the Miami Heat can only fantasize about the obstacles faced by those long-ago Lakers. Minnesota's Ricky Rubio, still not 100 percent recovered from knee surgery but routinely laying waste to defensive schemes. [...] there's no humility involved. Speaking at a New York function promoting TV coverage of the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Charles Barkley said a 70-game season w ...
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Big Nate Thurmond a center of attention
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Big Nate Thurmond a center of attention Fifty years later, Nate Thurmond - an NBA Hall of Famer who has been voted one of the top 50 NBA players of all time - is still living in San Francisco and still working for the Warriors. Even after his team broadened its appellation to Golden State and decamped for the Oakland Coliseum Arena, he stayed put in the city, commuting alone over the bridge. At halftime, fans wearing these shirts bolt up the aisle, racing to beat the lines at the concessions. At row seven, though, they come to an abrupt stop because there, in an aisle seat, is the embodiment of the message on their shirts. At a game, though, he has a way of sinking into a seat to make him look like a regular fan, and people don't know what to say. [...] Thurmond starts the conversation for them, if just to keep the egress flowing. Between Slim's, the DNA and Paradise lounges, and the 20 Tank Brewery, 11th Street was the premier corridor for nightlife. Big N ...
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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on the road again
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on the road again When the Golden State Warriors dropped the bomb that they wanted to leave town, she was in Las Vegas at a shopping center trade show. The mayor was invited by the State Department to be a member of a U.S. delegation at the U.N. Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. "Mayor Quan did an incredible job showcasing Oakland," said Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown, who appeared on a panel with the mayor, and whose own tab was picked up by a local government association. The Oakland A's celebrity-studded, 13th annual Mug Root Beer Float Day was a big hit Wednesday, bringing to $353,000 the total take that the sugar-filled charity event has raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since 2003. Good intentions aside, we couldn't help but wonder how a group so devoted to stomping out juvenile diabetes justifies taking part in such a sweet event in an age when super-size sodas are being banned. Be that as ...
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Last hurrah for C’s Big 3
Nashua Telegraph - almost 5 years
It’s their building now. The Bruins might own it, but the only professional team that will play games at the TD Garden in May are your Boston Celtics. It might not have looked that way a couple of months ago. With the team floundering in February some Celtics fans were hoping for the worst. They wanted Danny Ainge to get whatever he could for the aging Big Three and swing a deal for that mercurial spoiled brat, Rajon Rondo, while you’re at it. Then they’d take their chances in the draft lottery and, who knows, maybe Austin Rivers would drop in their lap. Now national NBA analysts sit in studios with smiling faces and agree that Rondo just might be the best pure point guard on the planet; at least when Derrick Rose is sidelined, like he’s been for much of the season. Kevin Garnett has been reborn as a center, a position he’s done his best to avoid playing during a lengthy Hall of Fame career. The sweet science of the center position peaked in the 1960s, when men like Wilt Chamberlain, Bi ...
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Daily NBA fix: The night Nate Thurmond had 42 rebounds
USA Today- Sports - over 5 years
Your daily NBA fix: Missing the NBA? Here's a look back at the night <a class="fplink fp-618129" href="/nate+thurmond">Nate Thurmond</a> had 42 rebounds.
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1969-70 Topps Basketball Cards - The Cardboard Connection
Google News - over 5 years
Other big-name rookies include Bill Bradley, Dave Bing, John Havlicek, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Don Nelson, Wes Unseld, Nate Thurmond and Walt Frazier. Another first-time Hall of Famer would be Dave DeBusschere, if not for some baseball cards during
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Shaquille O'Neal vs. Hakeem Olajuwon: Which Legendary NBA Center Was Greater? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He is only one of four players to achieve a quadruple-double on a list that includes only David Robinson, Alvin Robertson and Nate Thurmond. He is eighth all-time in career steals on a list otherwise extinct of centers and dominated by guards
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13 picked for BG 'Cast of Honor' - Toledo Blade
Google News - over 5 years
The five athletes who previously have had their jerseys retired are men&#39;s basketball player Nate Thurmond (No. 42), football player Paul Miles (No. 29), and hockey players George McPhee (No. 9), Nelson Emerson (No. 19), and Brian Holzinger (No. 19)
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BGSU Athletics To Recognize 13 Members Of Cast Of Honor - Boxscore News
Google News - over 5 years
These 13 student-athletes will join with five who have already had their jerseys honored throughout the history of Bowling Green Athletics – #42 Nate Thurmond (men&#39;s basketball), #29 Paul Miles (football), #9 George McPhee (hockey), #19 Nelson Emerson
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NBA players born in Akron, Ohio - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Nate Thurmond was born on July 25, 1941 in Akron, Ohio. He attended Central High School in Akron, and was teammates with Gus Johnson. After averaging 17.8 points and 17.0 rebounds per game at Bowling Green University from 1961 to 1963, Thurmond was
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10 Ex-Golden State Warriors the Organization Should Bring Back - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Of all the great pivot men to play for the Warriors, Nate Thurmond may be remembered as the best of all of them on the defensive side of the court. As a player Thurmond had incredible strength and long arms, which served him well when it came to shot
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Cavs to retire Ilgauskas' No. 11, the same number Kyrie wanted - SportingNews.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ilgauskas will become the seventh Cavs player to have his number retired, according to the report, joining Bingo Smith, Larry Nance, Mark Price, Austin Carr, Nate Thurmond and Brad Daugherty. The Lithuanian center, who played for Cleveland from
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Top Five Power Forwards in Golden State Warriors History - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Lee shared a frontcourt with Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond to give the Warriors&#39; one of the best rebounding duos to ever play. Lee averaged 8.5 points and 11.0 rebounds overall including three double-double seasons and three years of more than 13 boards
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nate Thurmond
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Thurmond died at the age of 74 on July 16, 2016 after a short battle with leukemia.
    More Details Hide Details First player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double in a game: Chicago Bulls (120) vs. Atlanta Hawks (115), (OT) One of five players in NBA history to average at least 15 rebounds per game for his career: 15. (14,464/964) One of five players in NBA history to average at least 20 rebounds per game during a season: 21.3, 22. One of four players in NBA history to record 40 or more rebounds in a game: 42, vs. Detroit Pistons, NBA record for rebounds in a quarter: 18, at Baltimore Bullets,
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    In Cleveland, the now 35-year-old Thurmond came off the bench for the injured Jim Chones to lead Cleveland's "Miracle at Richfield" team to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals before the Cavaliers lost to the star-studded Boston Celtics in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details After retirement, Thurmond returned to San Francisco and opened a restaurant, Big Nate's BBQ. He sold the restaurant after 20 years, while living in San Francisco with his wife, Marci. He was given the title "Warriors Legend & Ambassador" by the Warriors organization.
  • 1974
    On October 18, 1974 against the Atlanta Hawks, in his debut as a Bull, he recorded 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots, becoming the first player in NBA history to officially record a quadruple-double (blocked shots were not counted before).
    More Details Hide Details Thirteen games into the 1975–76 season, Thurmond was traded along with Rowland Garrett to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Steve Patterson and Eric Fernsten on November 27, 1975. Thurmond's mobility on the court failed to mesh with an offense built for a more stationary center, resulting in diminished playing time on a team enduring a nine-game losing streak at the time of the deal.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    They reached the 1967 NBA Finals, but lost to Chamberlain's 76ers.
    More Details Hide Details Thurmond was acquired by the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Clifford Ray and $100,000 prior to the 1974–75 season on September 3, 1974. The Bulls had felt a need for one starting center rather than continue with a three-man rotation of Ray, Tom Boerwinkle and Dennis Awtrey. The Warriors added more fiscal stability when completing the deal.
  • 1966
    Among his many accomplishments, Thurmond set a regular season record for rebounds in a quarter with 18, and averaged 21.3 and 22. rebounds per game in the 1966–67 and 1967–68 seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Thurmond placed second to Chamberlain in the MVP balloting in the 1966–67 season, averaged over 20 points per game each season from 1967–68 through 1971–72, and played in seven NBA All-Star Games as a member of the Warriors. However, even with the contributions of star teammates like Rick Barry, the Warriors were unable to win a championship with Thurmond at center.
  • 1964
    Thurmond averaged 7 points and 10.4 rebounds in his first NBA season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details After Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers during the next season, Thurmond blossomed into a highly productive starting center for the Warriors.
  • 1963
    Thurmond was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors (now known as the Golden State Warriors) in the 1963 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details As a rookie, he mainly played a supporting role alongside Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain.
    Thurmond led the Mid-American Conference in rebounds during all three of his varsity seasons (with a college career average of 17. rebounds per game), and was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details In Thurmond's last two years with Bowling Green, he helped lead the team into the NCAA Tournament and he set a school record with 31 rebounds in his final college game.
  • 1941
    Born on July 25, 1941.
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