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Last Updated 03-04-2019

Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines -- b.5/21/1923 N.S. d.4/18/2005 N.S. (81)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: retired as coach of Div. II Winston-Salem after 1992-93 season with 828-446 record in 47 years; ranks second on all-time NCAA list behind Adolph Rupp's 876; in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Morgan State University (player 1941-1945), Winston-Salem State University (coach 1946-1993)

Corey Gaines -- b.6/1/1965
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Lauren "Laddie" Gale -- b.4/22/1917 N.S. d.7/29/1996 N.S. (79)
NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Misc: A leading figure in the development of West Coast basketball, Laddie Gale revolutionized the game by using a one-handed shot.

Nikos Galis -- b.7/23/1957 N.S.
Basketball Player
Names/Places: aka Nikolaos Georgalis
Misc: an inaugural member of the FIBA Hall of Fame

Harry J. Gallatin -- b.4/26/1927 d.10/7/2015 N.S. (88)
NBA Coach, NBA Forward
Misc: 7x NBA All-Star; NBA Coach of the Year (1963)
Sports Teams: New York Knicks (player 1948-1957, coach 1965-1966), Detroit Pistons (player 1957-1958), St. Louis Hawks (coach 1962-1965)

Alessandro "Sandro" Gamba -- b.6/3/1932 N.S.
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Italian
Sports Teams: Olimpia Milano

Kevin Gamble -- b.11/13/1965
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Jack (Basketball) Gardner -- b.3/29/1910 N.S. d.4/9/2000 N.S. (90)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: USC (player 1928-1932), Kansas State University (coach 1939-1942, 1946-1953), University of Utah (coach 1953-1971)

Winston Garland -- b.12/19/1964
NBA Guard

Dick Garmaker -- b.10/29/1932
NBA Player

Chris Garner -- b.2/23/1975
NBA Player

Kevin Garnett -- b.5/19/1976
NBA Player

Darrell Garretson -- b.3/18/1932 N.S. d.4/21/2008 N.S. (76)
Basketball Referee
Misc: Officiated in the NBA for 27 years from 1967 to 1994, and later served as NBA Supervisor of Officials for 17 years from 1981 to 1998.

Dean Garrett -- b.11/27/1966
NBA Player

Tom Garrick -- b.7/7/1966
NBA Player

Kiwane Garris -- b.9/24/1974
NBA Player

Marc Gasol -- b.1/29/1985 N.S.
NBA Player, Spanish

Paul Gasol -- b.7/6/1980
NBA Player, Olympic Athlete, Jamaican, Spanish

William "Pop" Gates -- b.8/30/1917 N.S. d.12/1/1999 N.S. (82)
Basketball Player
Sports Teams: Harlem Renaissance, Harlem Globetrotters (player and coach)

Chris Gatling -- b.9/3/1967
NBA Forward

Kenny Gattison -- b.5/23/1964
NBA Coach, NBA Center, NBA Forward

Dave Gavitt -- b.10/26/1937 d.9/16/2011 (73)
NBA Executive, College Basketball Coach
Misc: Dartmouth and Providence coach who formed Big East Conference in 1979; U.S. Olympic coach in 1980; chairman of NCAA tournament committee (1981-84); as president of USA Basketball (1988-92), he was primary force behind sending Dream Team to '92 Olympics
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (executive, 1990-1994)

Rudy Gay -- b.8/17/1986 N.S.
NBA Player

Lindsay Gaze -- b.8/16/1936 N.S.
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete, South Australian
Misc: in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach and the FIBA Hall of Fame as a Player
Sports Teams: Melbourne Tigers (coach 1984-2005)

Reggie Geary -- b.8/31/1973
NBA Player

Johnny Gee -- b.12/7/1915 d.1/23/1988 (72)
MLB Player, NBA Player
Names/Places: NN:Whiz and Long John Gee

Matt Geiger -- b.9/10/1969
NBA Center

Paul George -- b.5/2/1990
NBA Player

Tate George -- b.5/29/1968
NBA Guard

George "The Iceman" Gervin -- b.4/27/1952 N.S.
NBA Player
Misc: leading NBA scorer 1978-80,82; 9x NBA All-Star (1977-1985); NBA All-Star Game MVP (1980); 5x All-NBA First Team (1978-1982); 2x All-NBA Second Team (1977, 1983); 3x ABA All-Star (1974-1976); 2x All-ABA Second Team (1975-1976); ABA All-Rookie Team (1973); ABA All-Time Team; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); in the College and Pro Basketball Halls of Fame; Spurs #44 retired
Sports Teams: Virginia Squires (ABA 1972-1974), San Antonio Spurs (ABA and NBA 1974-1985), Chicago Bulls (1985-1986), Banco Roma (Italy 1986-1987), Quad City Thunder (CBA 1989), TDK Manresa (Spain 1989-1990)

John Gianelli -- b.6/10/1950
NBA Player

Dick Gibbs -- b.12/20/1948
NBA Player

Daniel Gibson -- b.2/27/1986 N.S.
NBA Guard

Leroy "Spike" Gibson -- b.??/??/???? d.2/12/1994 (57)
Basketball Figure
Group Names: Harlem Globetrotters

Amory Tingle "Slats" Gill -- b.5/1/1901 N.S. d.4/5/1966 N.S. (64)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Oregon State University (player 1921-1924, coach 1928-1964)

Kendall Gill -- b.5/25/1968
Sports Analyst, NBA Guard

Armon Louis Gilliam -- b.5/28/1964 d.7/5/2011 (47)
NBA Forward

Jennifer Gillom -- b.6/13/1964
Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: (Olympic-gold-1988)

Artis Gilmore -- b.9/21/1949
NBA Center
Misc: top scorer & rebounder; ABA All-Time Team (1997); ABA MVP (1972); ABA Rookie of the Year (1972); 5x ABA All-Star (1972-76); 5x All-ABA First Team (1972-76); 5x ABA All-Defensive First Team (1972-76); ABA All-Star Game MVP (1974); ABA Playoff MVP (1975); 6x NBA All-Star (1978, 1979, 1981-83, 1986); NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1978); NBA career leader in field goal percentage
Sports Teams: Kentucky Colonels (ABA, 1971-1976), Chicago Bulls (1976-1982), San Antonio Spurs (1982-1987), Chicago Bulls (1987), Boston Celtics (1988), Arimo Bologna (Italy, 1988-1989)

Manu Ginobili -- b.7/28/1977 N.S.
NBA Guard, Argentine

Gerald Glass -- b.11/12/1968
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Marty Glickman -- b.8/14/1917 d.1/3/2001 (83)
Football Announcer, Basketball Announcer, Track and Field
Sports Teams: New York Knicks (announcer), New York Giants (announcer), New York Jets (announcer)

Mike Gminski -- b.8/3/1959
NBA Center, College Basketball Player
Misc: in the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame

Rudy Gobert -- b.6/26/1992 N.S.
NBA Center, French

Thomas J. "Tom" Gola -- b.1/13/1933 d.1/26/2014 N.S. (81)
Politician, NBA Forward, College Basketball Player
Misc: 4-time All-America and 1955 Player of Year at La Salle; MVP in 1952 NIT and '54 NCAA tournaments, leading Pioneers to both titles; won NBA title as rookie with Philadelphia Warriors in 1956; 4-time NBA All-Star.
Sports Teams: Philadelphia/Golden State Warriors (1955-1962), New York Knicks (1962-1966)

Anthony Goldwire -- b.9/6/1971
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Alexander Gomelsky -- b.1/18/1928 N.S. d.8/16/2005 N.S. (77)
Basketball Coach, Russian

Drew Gooden -- b.9/24/1981 N.S.
Sportscaster, NBA Forward

Gail Goodrich -- b.4/23/1943
NBA Player
Misc: NBA Champion (1972), 5x NBA All-Star (1969, 1972-1975); UCLA #25 retired, Lakers #25 retired
Sports Teams: UCLA (1962-1965), Los Angeles Lakers (1965-1968, 1970-1976), Phoenix Suns (1968-1970), New Orleans Jazz (1976-1979)

Aaron Gordon -- b.9/16/1995 N.S.
NBA Forward

Eric Gordon -- b.12/25/1988 N.S.
NBA Guard

Edward "Eddie" Gottlieb -- b.9/15/1898 N.S. d.12/7/1979 N.S. (81)
NBA Owner, NBA Manager, NBA Coach
Names/Places: NN:Mr. Basketball and The Mogul
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Warriors (first coach and manager and former owner 1951-1962)

Curt Gowdy -- b.7/31/1919 d.2/20/2006 (86)
Author, TV Host, Sportscaster, Baseball Announcer, Football Announcer, Basketball Announcer
Misc: Ford C. Frick Award winner in 1984; Basketball Hall of Fame prez, former radio voice of NY Yankees and then Boston Red Sox from 1949-66; TV play-by-play man for AFL, NFL and major league baseball; has broadcast World Series, All-Star Games, Rose Bowls, Super Bowls, Olympics and NCAA Final Fours for all 3 networks; in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: New York Giants (baseball, broadcaster), Boston Red Sox (baseball, broadcaster)
Book Titles: Cowboy at the Mike, Seasons to Remember: The Way It Was in American Sports 1945-1960, The Golden Boy (foreword for author Dr. George I. Martin)
TV Shows: The American Sportsman, Saturday Night Basketball, Monday Night Baseball, ABC Sports, NBC Sports

Greg Graham -- b.11/26/1970
NBA Player

Paul Graham -- b.11/28/1967
NBA Guard

Ronnie Grandison -- b.7/6/1964
NBA Player
Names/Places: RN: Ron Calvin Grandison

Danny Granger -- b.4/20/1983 N.S.
NBA Forward

Brian Grant -- b.3/5/1972
NBA Player

Gary Grant -- b.4/21/1965
NBA Guard

Greg Grant -- b.8/29/1966
NBA Guard

Harold "Bud" Grant -- b.5/20/1927 N.S.
NFL Coach, NFL Wide Receiver, CFL Figure, NBA Coach
Misc: only coach to win 100 games in both CFL and NFL and only member of both CFL and U.S. Pro Football Halls of Fame; led Winnipeg to 4 Grey Cup titles (1958-59,61-62) in 6 appearances, but his Minnesota Vikings lost all 4 Super Bowl attempts in 1970s; all-time rank of third in CFL wins (122) and eighth in NFL wins (168); also All-Big 10 at Minnesota in both football and basketball in late 1940s; a 3-time CFL All-Star offensive end; also member of 1950 NBA champion Minneapolis Lakers.
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Eagles (player 1951-1952), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (player 1953-1956, coach 1957-1966), Minnesota Vikings (coach 1967-1983, 1985)

Harvey Grant -- b.7/4/1965
NBA Forward
Names/Places: Horace's twin

Horace Junior Grant -- b.7/4/1965
NBA Forward
Names/Places: Harvey's twin

Paul Grant -- b.1/6/1974
NBA Player

Charles Grantham -- b.9/3/1943
NBA Player
Misc: succeeded Larry Fleischer as executive director of NBA Players Assn. in 1988.

Ed Gray -- b.9/27/1975
NBA Player

Leonard Gray -- b.12/19/1951 d.6/13/2006 N.S. (54)
NBA Player

Stuart Gray -- b.5/27/1963
NBA Player, Panamaian

Sylvester Gray -- b.7/8/1967
NBA Player

Jeff Grayer -- b.12/17/1965
NBA Forward, NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-bronze-1988

A. C. Green -- b.10/4/1963
NBA Forward
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Danny Green -- b.6/22/1987 N.S.
NBA Player

Draymond Green -- b.3/4/1990 N.S.
NBA Forward

Gerald Green -- b.1/26/1986 N.S.
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Jeff Green -- b.8/28/1986 N.S.
NBA Forward

John (Basketball) Green -- b.12/8/1933
NBA Player

Lamar Green -- b.3/22/1947
NBA Player

Litterial Green -- b.3/7/1970
NBA Guard

Rickey Green -- b.8/18/1954
NBA Player

Sean Green -- b.2/2/1970
NBA Forward

Sidney Green -- b.1/4/1961
NBA Forward, College Basketball Coach

David Greenwood -- b.5/27/1957
NBA Player

Harold E. "Hal" Greer -- b.6/26/1936 N.S. d.4/14/2018 N.S. (81)
NBA Guard
Misc: consistent star scorer, 10x All-Star, 76ers all-time leading scorer with career 21,586 points, also has 5,665 rebounds and 4,540 assists; 76ers #15 retired
Sports Teams: Marshall University (1955-1958), Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (1958-1973)

Blake Griffin -- b.3/16/1989 N.S.
NBA Forward

Taylor Griffin -- b.4/18/1986 N.S.
NBA Player
Names/Places: Blake's brother

Darrell Griffith -- b.6/16/1958
NBA Player
Names/Places: NN: Dr. Dunkenstein
Misc: Jazz #35 retired; in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Louisvlle, Utah Jazz (1980-1991)

Rashard Griffith -- b.10/8/1974
NBA Player

Brittney Griner -- b.10/18/1990 N.S.
College Basketball Player
Misc: WNBA Player

Alex Groza -- b.10/7/1926 d.1/21/1995 (68)
College Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete

Robert F. "Ace" Gruenig -- b.3/12/1913 d.8/11/1958 (45)
Basketball Player
Misc: AAU All-America First-Team (1937-40, 1942-46, 1948); AAU championship (Denver Safeway, 1937; Denver Nuggets, 1939; Denver American Legion, 1942)

Richie Guerin -- b.5/29/1932
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: 6x NBA All-Star
Sports Teams: New York Knicks (1956-1963), St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (player 1963-1967, coach 1964-1972)

Tom Gugliotta -- b.12/19/1969
NBA Forward

Andrés Guibert -- b.10/28/1968
NBA Player, Cuban

Luther Halsey Gulick Jr. -- b.12/4/1865 d.8/13/1918 (52)
Educator, Basketball Figure
Misc: founded Camp Fire Girls of America; he is in the Basketball Hall of Fame because he persuaded James Naismith, an instructor, to create an indoor game that could be played during the offseason of baseball called basketball.

Sue Gunter -- b.5/22/1939 N.S. d.8/4/2005 N.S. (66)
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Middle Tennessee State University (1962-1964), Stephen F. Austin State University (1964-1980), Louisiana State University (1982-2004)

Matt Guokas -- b.2/25/1944
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Bill Guthridge -- b.7/27/1937 d.5/12/2015 (77)
College Basketball Coach
Names/Places: born in Parsons, Kansas
Misc: served 30 years as assistant to Dean Smith until promotion to head coach on Oct. 9, 1997. Became winningest rookie head coach in NCAA history (34-4 record).
Sports Teams: North Carolina University

Althea Gwyn -- b.5/19/1956
Basketball Figure
Misc: WBL center
Sports Teams: New York Stars

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