Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
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1938 – Born on the 28th of May in Cheylan, west Virginia.
1959 – He was a standout in high school and at college, attending West Virginia University and leading it to the NCAA championship game (of which he was named Most Valuable Player) before embarking on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
1960 – He also played for, and co-captained with Oscar Robertson, the U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome.
1971 – 1972 – Played in nine NBA Finals, but finished his career with only one championship.
1976 – 1979 – Became a coach who carried the Lakers into the playoffs in his three seasons, after which he was hired as an executive for the club in various positions.
1980 – He was named to the NBA’s 35th Anniversary All-Time Team.
1982 – He was named general manager of the Lakers, and through shrewd trades and draft picks, maintained the Lakers’ status in the NBA elite for the rest of the decade.
1996 – He was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
2002 – He was hired as President of Basketball Operations by the Memphis Grizzlies.
2005 – His number 44 became the first basketball number to be retired by West Virginia University.
2007 – A bronze statue of him was honored outside of the WVU Coliseum.
– He sold his Memphis home to Michael Heisley’s Hoops LP company for $3.7 million dollars.