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Sam Lacey -- b.3/28/1948 d.3/15/2014 (65)
NBA Player

Venus Lacey -- b.2/9/1967
Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Women's Dream Team

Wendell Ladner -- b.10/6/1947 d.6/24/1975 (27)
NBA Player

Christian Laettner -- b.8/17/1969
NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Misc: of The Dream Team in the 1992 Summer Olympics
Sports Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves (1992-1996), Atlanta Hawks (1996-1999), Detroit Pistons (1999-2000), Dallas Mavericks (2000-2001), Washington Wizards (2001-2004), Miami Heat (2004-2005), Jacksonville Giants (ABA) (2011-2012), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (assistant coach, D-League, 2012)

Bill Laimbeer Jr. -- b.5/19/1957
Golfer, NBA Coach, NBA Center
Sports Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

Ward Louis "Piggy" Lambert -- b.5/28/1888 N.S. d.1/20/1958 N.S. (69)
Sports Executive, College Baseball Player, College Baseball Coach, College Football Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: NBL commissioner 1946-1949; in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Wabash College (football player 1900, basketball player 1909-1922, baseball player c. 1910), Lebanon HS (basketball coach 1912-1916), Purdue University (basketball coach 1916-1917, 1918-1946, baseball coach 1917, 1919-1935, 1945-1946)

Frank C. Lane -- b.2/1/1896 d.3/19/1981 (85)
MLB General Manager, NBA General Manager

Jerome Lane -- b.12/4/1966
NBA Player

Andrew Lang -- b.6/28/1966
NBA Center

Antonio Lang -- b.5/15/1972
NBA Player

Robert "Bob" Lanier -- b.9/10/1948 N.S.
NBA Coach, NBA Center
Names/Places: b. in Buffalo
Misc: Pistons #16 retired, Bucks #16 retired
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (1970-1980), Milwaukee Bucks (1980-1984), Golden State Warriors (coach 1995)

Stu Lantz -- b.7/13/1946
Sportscaster, NBA Player

Joseph "Joe" Lapchick -- b.4/12/1900 N.S. d.8/10/1970 N.S. (70)
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: Interstate League championship (Holyoke Reds, 1922); ABL championships (Original Celtics, 1927-28); American Basketball League titles (Cleveland Rosenblums, 1929-30); NIT championships as coach (St. John's, 1943-44, 1959, 1965)
Sports Teams: Original Celtics, St. John's University (head coach, 1937-1947), New York Knicks (coach, 1947-1957)

Rusty LaRue -- b.12/10/1973
NBA Player

Zack LaVine -- b.3/10/1995 N.S.
NBA Guard

Janice Lawrence -- b.6/7/1962
Basketball Figure
Misc: (Olympic-gold-1984)

Jason Lawson -- b.9/2/1974
NBA Player

Ty Lawson -- b.11/3/1987 N.S.
NBA Player

Frank Layden -- b.1/5/1932
NBA General Manager, NBA Coach
Sports Teams: Utah Jazz (coach and General Manager)

Allen Leavell -- b.5/27/1957
NBA Player

Eric Leckner -- b.5/27/1966
NBA Player

Clyde Lee -- b.3/14/1944
NBA Player

David Lee -- b.4/29/1983 N.S.
NBA Player

Doug Lee -- b.10/24/1964
NBA Guard

Keith Lee -- b.12/28/1962
NBA Player

Russell Lee -- b.1/27/1950
NBA Player

Tim Legler -- b.12/26/1966
NBA Player

Lloyd R. Leith -- b.12/7/1902 N.S. d.9/30/1979 N.S. (76)
Basketball Referee
Misc: High School coach; officiated 16 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships between 1939 and 1955.

Meadowlark Lemon -- b.4/25/1932 d.12/27/2015 N.S. (83)
Actor, Basketball Player
Names/Places: b. in Lexington, SC
Misc: some say b. 1934
Sports Teams: The Harlem Globetrotters (a 24-year clown prince center trick-shooter)
TV Shows: Hello Larry (as himself)

Voshon Lenard -- b.5/14/1973
NBA Player

Bob Leonard -- b.7/17/1932
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Sports Teams: Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (player 1956-1961), Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (players 1961-1963), Chicago Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets (coach 1962-1964), Indiana Pacers (coach 1968-1980)

Kawhi Leonard -- b.6/29/1991 N.S.
NBA Forward

Meyers Leonard -- b.2/27/1992 N.S.
NBA Center

Jim Les -- b.8/18/1963
NBA Guard, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach

Lisa Leslie -- b.7/7/1972
Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Women's Dream Team

Lafayette "Fat" Lever -- b.8/18/1960 N.S.
NBA Guard

Cliff Levingston -- b.1/4/1961
NBA Player
Names/Places: RN:Clifford Eugene Levingston
Sports Teams: Wichita State, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks

Cedric Lewis -- b.9/24/1969
NBA Player

Charlotte Lewis -- b.9/10/1955
Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-silver-1976

Guy Vernon Lewis -- b.3/19/1922 d.11/26/2015 N.S. (93)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: led the University of Houston Cougars program for 30 years from 1956-1986
Sports Teams: University of Houston (player 1945-1947, coach 1956-1986)

Martin Lewis -- b.4/28/1975
NBA Player

Reggie Lewis -- b.11/21/1965 d.7/27/1993 (27)
NBA Forward, NBA Guard
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics

Marcus Liberty -- b.10/27/1968
NBA Forward

Todd Lichti -- b.1/8/1967
NBA Guard

Nancy Lieberman -- b.7/1/1958
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player
Names/Places: NN: Lady Magic; LN:-Klein
Misc: promoter of women's basketball; 3-time All-America and 2-time Player of Year (1979-80); led Old Dominion to consecutive AIAW titles in 1979 and '80; played in defunct WPBL and WABA and became first woman to play in men's pro league (USBL) in 1986.

Damian Lillard -- b.7/15/1990 N.S.
NBA Player

Jeremy Lin -- b.8/23/1988
NBA Player

Alton Lister -- b.10/1/1958
NBA Center

Emil Liston -- b.8/21/1890 d.10/26/1949 (59)
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Wesleyan University, Baker University

Harry Litwack -- b.9/20/1907 d.8/7/1999 (91)
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Temple University (player 1927-1930, coach 1952-1973)

Shaun Livingston -- b.9/11/1985 N.S.
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors

Earl Lloyd -- b.4/3/1928 N.S. d.2/26/2015 N.S. (86)
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Washington Capitols (1950-1951), Syracuse Nationals (1952-1958), Detroit Pistons (1958-1960, and as coach, 1971-1972)

Rebecca Lobo -- b.10/6/1973
Sports Analyst, Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Women's Dream Team

Ken Loeffler -- b.4/14/1902 d.1/1/1975 (72)
NBA Coach, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Penn State (player 1920-1924), Geneva College (1928-1934), Yale University (1935-1942), University of Denver (1945-1946), St. Louis Bombers (1946-1948), Providence Steamrollers (1948-1949), La Salle (1949-1955), Texas A&M (1955-1957)

John Logan -- b.1/1/1921 d.9/16/1977 (56)
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Brad Lohaus -- b.9/29/1963
NBA Player

Arthur C. "Dutch" Lonborg -- b.3/16/1898 N.S. d.1/31/1985 N.S. (86)
College Baseball Player, College Baseball Coach, College Football Coach, College Football Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: University of Kansas (football player 1917-1920, basketball player 1917-1920, baseball player 1918-1920), McPherson (football coach 1921-1922, basketball coach 1921-1923), Washburn (football coach 1923, basketball coach 1924-1927), Northwestern University (basketball coach 1927-1950), University of Kansas (administration 1950-1963)

Grant Long -- b.3/12/1966
NBA Forward

John Long -- b.8/28/1956
NBA Player

Lee Long -- b.8/28/1956
NBA Player

Luc Longley -- b.1/19/1969
NBA Center, Australian

Brook Lopez -- b.4/1/1988 N.S.
NBA Center

Felipe (Basketball) López -- b.12/19/1974 N.S.
NBA Player, Dominican Republican

Robin Lopez -- b.4/1/1988 N.S.
NBA Player

Ryan Lorthridge -- b.7/27/1972
NBA Player

Kevin Loughery -- b.3/28/1940
NBA Coach, ABA Figure, Basketball Coach

Kevin Love -- b.9/7/1988 N.S.
NBA Player, Olympic Athlete
Sports Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers

Clyde Edward Lovellette -- b.9/7/1929 d.3/9/2016 N.S. (86)
NBA Center, College Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: career points 11,947, rebounds 6,663, and assists 1,165; star big man of the 1950s, for Kansas as collegian, Phillips 66ers in the NIBL, then for four NBA teams.
Sports Teams: Phillips 66ers (NIBL, 1952-1953), Minneapolis Lakers (1953-1957), Cincinnatti Royals (1957-1958), St. Louis Hawks (1958-1962), Boston Celtics (1962-1964)

Kyle Lowry -- b.3/25/1986 N.S.
NBA Guard

Jerry R. Lucas -- b.3/30/1940
Magician/Illusionist, NBA Center, NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Memory expert; 14,053 points with the L.A. Lakers; high school Ohio phenom, then led Ohio State to three NCAA Finals, star of 1960's USA Olympic team, all-pro big man for the Cincinnati Royals.
Sports Teams: Cincinnatti Royals (1963-1969), San Francisco Warriors (1969-1971), New York Knicks (1971-1974)

John Lucas -- b.10/31/1953
NBA Coach, NBA Guard
Misc: 6454 assists
Sports Teams: Washington Bullets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

Hank Luisetti -- b.6/16/1916 d.12/17/2002 (86)
College Basketball Player
Names/Places: RN:Angelo-Giuseppi Luisetti
Misc: revolutionized the game with the first use of a one-handed shot. 3 Pacific Coast Conference championships (Stanford, 1936-38); National championship (Stanford, 1937); Helm's Foundation Player of the Year (1937-38); 2-time All-America (1937-38)
Sports Teams: Stanford University (1935-1938)

Jim Lynam -- b.9/15/1941
NBA Coach, NBA Player, College Basketball Coach

George (Basketball) Lynch -- b.9/3/1970
NBA Player

Kevin Lynch -- b.12/24/1968
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

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