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Former three-time NBA All-Star Bill Bridges died of cancer Sept. 25, per Gary Bedore of KUSports.com
Bridges graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961, where he earned all-conference honors for three years and an All-American nod in his senior season.
“Bill was a great person, an incredible person, one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet,” said Ted Owens, who coached the Jayhawks from 1964 to 1983, per Bedore. “He was a wonderful man with a great, sweet Wholesale Atlanta Hawks Jerseys spirit about him.”
Following his graduation, Bridges went on to a 13-year career in the NBA, spending nearly 10 of those years with the St. Louis Hawks, who then became the Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 11.9 points and 11.9 rebounds in his 926 games in the league. In 1974-75—his last year in the NBA—he won an NBA title with the Golden State Warriors.
Bridges earned trips to the All-Star Game in 1967, 1968 and 1970 and Cheap Bill Bridges Jersey was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team in 1968-69 and 1969-70.
Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star argued Bridges had one of the five best NBA careers ever for a former Jayhawks star, which is high praise given the talent to come out of Lawrence, Kansas, over the years.