Rod Hundley
American basketball player
Rod Hundley
Rodney Clark "Rod" Hundley is a former professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley's life has revolved around the game of basketball. His love and talent for the game led him to achieve honors in high school and most notably during his college years. At West Virginia University, Hundley played to packed crowds at the Old Field House.
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Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley
NPR - almost 2 years
Hundley, who died last week at age 80, was one of the first former NBA players whom the Basketball Hall of Fame honored for calling games. » E-Mail This
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Rod Hundley, an Outsize Personality on and Off the Court, Dies at 80
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Hundley, known as Hot Rod, parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, including many years as a broadcaster for the N.B.A.’s Jazz.
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1960: selhalo letadlo s hvězdami Lakers, tragédii odvrátilo správné pole - iDNES.cz
Google News - over 5 years
Rod Hundley, jeden z tehdejších hráčů Lakers, popsal přistání "jako když pustíte basketbalový míč a necháte ho doskákat." Šťastné hráče pak odvezli do Minneapolis automobily. Pilot Vern Ullman s letadlem za pár dní z pole odletěl
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WVU Basketball Pictorial: Late 1950's to early 1960's - The Smoking Musket (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Last week, I brought you a picture of 'Hot Rod' Hundley pictured beside Wilt Chamberlain. Today, I have four other photos and the cover of a basketball program from 1962. First up is former Mountaineer basketball head coach, Gale Catlett
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Barrett was an Overlooked State Hoops Legend - West Virginia MetroNews
Google News - over 5 years
When you think of great basketball players in West Virginia from the mid-50's through the mid-60's, names such as Jerry West, Rod Hundley, Rod Thorn and Hal Greer come to mind. To be thorough, the name of Mike Barrett really should always be added to
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Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce, Larry Bird and the All-Time 12-Man Roster - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He would prove to be a steal though as none of the players ahead of him, Rod "Hot Rod" Hundley, Charlie Tyra, Jim Krebs, Win Wilfong, Brendan McCann, Lennie Rosenbluth and George Bon Salle, would combine to achieve virtually nothing in their NBA
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NBA Legends That Should Come Back to Play in an Old Timers Game - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Players such as Bill Russell, "Hot" Rod Hundley, Nate Thurmond, Oscar Robertson and "Pistol" Pete Maravich showcased the basketball skills they had left and turned the exhibition game into a fun night for all. With the NBA deep into a lockout and
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'True icon' Bolyard honored with plaque - Daily Mail - Charleston
Google News - over 5 years
I knew Jerry West and 'Hot Rod' Hundley, and neither of them could have beaten Bucky 1-on-1," former WVU basketball player (1963-'65) Buddy Quertinmont said of the late Marvin "Bucky" Bolyard. Bolyard was honored Saturday at the community building in
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Best Ever NBA First Picks - West Virginia MetroNews
Google News - over 5 years
In 1952, the Milwaukee Hawks selected former Charleston High and WVU star, Mark Workman with the first pick of the draft. In 1957, the Cincinnati Royals chose WVU's Hot Rod Hundley with the first pick and immediately traded him to the Minneapolis Lakers
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Record Breakers - SLAM Online
Google News - over 5 years
They would take the floor out after you played and then they had ice hockey,” says former Laker Rodney “Hot Rod” Hundley. “The balls weren't even completely round. It's hard to explain the old NBA ball. You couldn't shoot that ball that well
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'Eers heroes back for Huggins camp - American Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
"Hot" Rod Hundley and Mike Gansey return to the camp for a fourth year. Da'Sean Butler will also be in town, as will Pat Beilein, son of former WVU coach John Beilein. Pat scored 1001 points during his playing days at WVU. Tony Robertson, a teammate of
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Scott D. Pierce: Utah-BYU split hard for Nantz to fathom - Salt Lake Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Back when Nantz was at KSL, both the Utes and the Cougars were in the WAC. From 1982-85, he was the weekend sports anchor at Ch. 5; he did BYU football play-by-play alongside Steve Young; he did Jazz commentary alongside Hot Rod Hundley
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Shaquille "The Big AARP" O'Neal and the 50 Best Nicknames in NBA History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Hot Rod Hundley never put up great numbers in the NBA, but when your real first name is almost entirely replaced by "Hot Rod," that's pretty cool. Most people say it's "Big Shot Rob," but Bob is short for Robert as well, and my version just rolls off
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Trail Blazers produce video to tout Bill Schonely's candidacy for Hall of ... - OregonLive.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
They include Chick Hearn (Lakers), Johnny Most (Celtics), Rod Hundley (Jazz), Bill Campbell (76ers), Al McCoy (Suns), Bob Wolff (Knicks) and Joe Tait (Cavaliers). Schonely was the Blazers' radio voice starting with the team's inaugural season, in 1970,
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Monson: Considerations for Utah's 'Walk of Fame' - Salt Lake Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
The criteria for qualification is vague, about as scientific as an old Rod Hundley description of a Stockton-to-Malone pick-and-roll. The following list, then, is a mish-mash combination of Utah sports characters from the professional level down to
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NBA Shoots for Social Justice - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Lakers had been scheduled to play an exhibition game in Charleston, which was the hometown of Lakers' Hot Rod Hundley. When the team arrived in the city and attempted to check into the team's hotel, they were informed that the black players could
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SoCon Hall of Fame inducts Driesell, five others - ESPN
Google News - almost 6 years
Driesell was 27 when he was hired to coach the Wildcats and remembered when West Virginia star "Hot" Rod Hundley -- part of last year's SoCon Hall of Fame class -- sat down next to him on the bench during a game and told the young coach,
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With Time Running Out, Swingman Plays for His Future
NYTimes - almost 7 years
The twin scars running parallel on Bill Walker's knees represent what could have been. More important, they stand for what is. ''My war wounds,'' Walker said, running his hand slowly along his right knee, then his left. They are not-too-subtle reminders of operations on his anterior cruciate ligaments, devastating injuries separated by a four-year
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rod Hundley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 75
    In January 2010 WVU retired his number 33, making Hundley and Jerry West the only players in school history to be awarded the honor.
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  • 2009
    Age 74
    He announced his retirement on April 24, 2009, effective at the end of the season.
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  • 2006
    Age 71
    Hundley appeared in the 2006 movie Church Ball starring Fred Willard and Clint Howard.
    More Details Hide Details He is also in talks for a movie that will showcase his early childhood and basketball career. During the off-season, Hundley conducts basketball clinics around the country and works with charities in the Salt Lake City area. Previously, he hosted the Hot Rod Hundley Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit the Salt Lake Shriner’s Hospital.
  • 2004
    Age 69
    In June 2004, he was voted into the Utah Broadcast Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details He co-authored the book "Hot Rod Hundley: You Gotta Love It Baby," in 1998 with Tom McEachin; Bill Libby also wrote a biographical book about Hundley, "Clown: No. 33 in Your Program, No. 1in Your Heart," in 1970. A newspaper once incorrectly reported Hundley wrote a book titled "The Man With a Lot to Smile About," and other sources have persisted in repeating the error.
  • 2003
    Age 68
    In 2003, Hundley received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - the only former professional player to achieve such an honor.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 59
    He received the NBA’s Distinguished Broadcaster award in 1994.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1982
    Age 47
    In 1982, he received the NCAA Silver Anniversary All-America Team for distinguished service for his life’s accomplishments, and in 1992, he was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.
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  • 1979
    Age 44
    He followed the team to Salt Lake City in 1979, where he became as celebrated as a broadcaster as he was as a player.
    More Details Hide Details He was known for his rapid-fire style and sayings such as "from the parking lot" for a long-distance shot. For many years, Hundley's broadcasts were simulcast on both television and radio, but the league forced the Jazz to end this practice starting with the 2005-2006 season, when Craig Bolerjack took over television duties. Hot Rod continued to provide the radio voice for the Jazz for four more seasons. As the decade wore on, nearly all NBA teams eventually moved radio broadcasters from courtside to perches high above the court, and the strain on Hundley's surgically replaced hips and knees became too much for him to bear.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 39
    In 1974, Hundley became the first radio and television voice of the expansion New Orleans Jazz.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 25
    The next season, 1960, Hundley was teamed up with Mountaineer legend Jerry West, as he was drafted from WVU in that year's draft.
    More Details Hide Details Hundley finished his six-year professional career at age 28 (in 1963) due to his bad knees. His career totals were 3,625 points, 1,420 rebounds and 1,455 assists in his six seasons. After his retirement, Hundley moved to the broadcast booth, working four seasons for the Phoenix Suns and four seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers. In the early 1970s, he also teamed with Dick Enberg to call syndicated college basketball for TVS. Hundley was an NBA announcer for five years for CBS, where he called four All-Star Games and worked two All-Star Games on ABC Radio.
  • 1959
    Age 24
    His best season came in the 1959-1960 season, when he averaged 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.
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  • 1957
    Age 22
    Hundley played for the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles from 1957 until 1963, averaging 8.4 points per game and recording over 1,400 assists.
    More Details Hide Details He also played in two All Star games.
    In 1957, the Cincinnati Royals made Hundley the first pick of the NBA Draft and immediately traded his rights to the Minneapolis Lakers.
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    In his final collegiate season, in 1957, Hundley averaged 23.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
    More Details Hide Details He began his senior season with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the first game, 25 points and 13 rebounds in the second game, and 28 points and 12 rebounds in the third game of the season. In the next contest against Penn State, Hundley scored 17 points and totaled 16 rebounds. He then had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the 83-82 upset over the Duke Blue Devils. He then had consecutive games of 24 points, the first with 9 rebounds and the second with 12. In the January 5 game against Furman, Hundley scored a career-high 54 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory, a school record for points in a game. He followed the game up with a game of 32 points and then the following game with 34 points and 15 rebounds against Villanova. He then had three games of 21 points, 19 points and then 18 points. He then had a game of 30 points with 13 points against St. John's followed by a game of 34 points and 10 rebounds against VMI. He then had a five-game stretch of 32 points, 28 points, 23 points, 39 points, and 27 points and 19 rebounds.
  • 1956
    Age 21
    As a junior in 1956, Hundley set a career-high with 26.6 points per game and 13.1 rebounds per game.
    More Details Hide Details Hundley's first six games of the season had scores of 34 points, 20 points, 27 points, 40 points, 20 points, and 21 points. He then had two games of 23 points and 29 points against Columbia and Washington & Lee, respectively. He followed up with 17 points ad 9 rebounds against Villanova, 25 points and 10 rebounds against La Salle, then a career-game of 24 points, 26 rebounds, and 9 assists against VMI. He then had 28 points against Carnegie Tech and 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists against Penn State. He followed it up with 29 points against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl, 35 points and 6 rebounds against Furman, 28 points against VMI, and then 25 points and 24 rebounds against Richmond. He followed up with 25 points against Penn State and 28 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists against Virginia Tech. He continued with 38 points against William & Mary, 40 points and 13 rebounds against St. John's, 31 points and 13 rebounds against William & Mary again, and then 40 points and 7 rebounds against Pitt. He then had a season-high 42 points and 9 rebounds against Furman, then 26 points against Richmond.
  • 1955
    Age 20
    As a sophomore in 1955, Hundley averaged 23.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds in 30 games, 27 of which he started.
    More Details Hide Details Hundley scored 24 points against Wake Forest, then followed up with 30 against Alabama. He then scored another 47 points against Wake Forest two games later. He then followed up with 24 points against Cornell then 38 points against New York University. Two games later, he scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Carnegie Tech. He then followed up three games later with 30 points against Virginia Military Institute. He then had 17 points against Virginia Tech and 25 points with 11 rebounds against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. He then had 35 points in a loss to Duke. He then had 21 against Penn State, 28 against Washington & Lee, 23 against William & Mary, and 35 points with 13 rebounds against Pitt. He followed the five-game stretch with 39 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington University, then 25 points and 7 rebounds against Rutgers. He then had 27 points and 9 rebounds against VMI, 27 points and 12 rebounds against Washington & Lee, and then 30 points and 12 rebounds against George Washington.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1954
    Age 19
    Hundley played for WVU from 1954 to 1957.
    More Details Hide Details The Mountaineers made their first NCAA appearance and three total appearances between 1955 and 1957. During his junior year, Hundley averaged 26.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He scored more than 40 points per game six times, which led to the Mountaineers scoring over 100 points in nine games. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 20 in the nation in 1955 and No. 4 in 1956. Hundley holds a varsity school record with 54 points in a single game against Furman and holds a freshmen team record of 62 points against Ohio University.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on October 26, 1934.
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