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Dino Rađa -- b.4/24/1967
NBA Player, Croatian
Names/Places: aka Dino Radja

Bill Raftery -- b.4/19/1943 N.S.
Sports Analyst, Basketball Announcer, College Basketball Coach

Kurt Rambis -- b.2/25/1958
NBA Forward
Misc: Clark Kent look-a-like
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets

Dr. John Travilla "Jack" Ramsay -- b.2/21/1925 N.S. d.4/28/2014 N.S. (89)
NBA Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: career 864 wins; coach who won 239 college games with St. Joseph's-PA in 11 seasons and 906 NBA games (including playoffs) with 4 teams over 21 years; placed 3rd in 1961 Final Four; led Portland to NBA title in 1977.
Sports Teams: Saint Joseph's Hawks (coach 1955-1966), Philadelphia 76ers (coach 1968-1972), Buffalo Braves (coach 1972-1976), Portland Trail Blazers (coach 1976-1986), Indiana Pacers (coach 1986-1988)

Frank Ramsey Jr. -- b.7/13/1931 N.S. d.7/8/2018 N.S. (86)
NBA Coach, NBA Guard
Names/Places: NN:The Kentucky Colonel; MN:Vernon
Misc: played in 7 NBA championships; star forward at Kentucky then for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 1960's.The first of Red Auerbach's "Sixth Man" stars; Celtics #23 retired
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (player 1954-1964), Kentucky Colonels (coach 1970-1971)

Mark Randall -- b.9/30/1967
NBA Forward

Blair Rasmussen -- b.11/13/1962
NBA Center, Friend

William Edward "Easy Ed" Ratleff -- b.3/29/1950 N.S.
NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Misc: Long Beach State #42 retired, in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Long Beach State (1970-1973), Houston Rockets (1973-1978)

Theo Ratliff -- b.4/17/1973
NBA Player

George Raveling -- b.6/27/1937 N.S.
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Washington State (1972-1983), Iowa (1983-1986), USC (1986-1994)

Eldridge Recasner -- b.12/14/1967
NBA Player

Michael Redd -- b.8/24/1979
NBA Player, Olympic Athlete

William Redford -- b.12/3/1963
NBA Center

J. J. Redick -- b.6/24/1984
NBA Player, College Basketball Player

Willis Reed -- b.6/25/1942
NBA General Manager, NBA Coach, NBA Center, College Basketball Player
Misc: led the N.Y. Knicks to NBA titles in 1970 and '73, playoff MVP both years; regular season MVP 1970; star big man who starred at Grambling, then for the New York Knickerbockers; 7x NBA All-Star; Knicks #19 retired
Sports Teams: New York Knicks (player 1964-1974, coach 1977-1978), Creighton (coach 1981-1985), New Jersey Nets (coach 1987-1989)

Bryant Reeves -- b.6/8/1973
NBA Player
Names/Places: NN:Big Country (not of the 1980s rock group)

Khalid Reeves -- b.7/15/1972
NBA Player, American

Don Reid -- b.12/30/1973
NBA Player

"J. R." Reid -- b.3/31/1968
NBA Player
Names/Places: RFN:Herman Reid Jr.

Robert Reid -- b.9/30/1955
NBA Player
Misc: NOT the Brady Bunch dad; see Robert REED

William A. Reid -- b.9/26/1893 N.S. d.10/10/1955 N.S. (62)
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Colgate University (coach 1919-1928)

Jerry Reinsdorf -- b.2/25/1936 N.S.
MLB Owner, NBA Owner
Sports Teams: Chicago Bulls (owner), Chicago White Sox (owner)

Terrence Rencher -- b.2/19/1973
NBA Player, College Basketball Coach

Shawn Respert -- b.2/6/1972
NBA Player

Kevin Restani -- b.12/23/1951 d.4/24/2010 (58)
NBA Player

Jerry Reynolds -- b.12/23/1962
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Jerry Reynolds -- b.1/29/1944
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Rodrick Rhodes -- b.9/24/1973
NBA Player

Glen Rice -- b.5/28/1967
NBA Forward

Jason Richardson -- b.1/20/1981 N.S.
NBA Guard

Jerome "Pooh" Richardson Jr. -- b.5/14/1966 N.S.
NBA Guard

Michael Richardson -- b.4/11/1955
NBA Player, Basketball Coach

Nolan Richardson -- b.12/27/1941
College Basketball Coach
Misc: coached Arkansas to 1994 NCAA title, beating Duke, 76-72, in final; entered 1994-95 season with career record of 339-112 in 14 years; also won 1981 NIT at Tulsa.
Sports Teams: Western Texas College (1978-1981), University of Tulsa (1981-1985), University of Arkansas (1985-2002), Tulsa Shock (2009-2011), Panama (2005-2007), Mexico (2007)

"Mitch" Richmond -- b.6/30/1965
NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: RFN:Mitchell James
Misc: 1996 Dream Team
Sports Teams: Golden State Warriors (1988-1991), Sacramento Kings (1991-1998), Washington Wizards (1998-2001), Los Angeles Lakers (2001-2002)

Isaiah Rider -- b.3/12/1971
NBA Player

Tom Riker -- b.2/28/1950
NBA Player

Eric Riley -- b.6/2/1970
NBA Player

Pat Riley -- b.3/20/1945
College Football Player, NBA Coach, NBA Player
Names/Places: b. in Rome, NY; NN: Mr. Greasehair
Misc: over 600 wins; besides coaching the Los Angeles Lakers to four of their five NBA championships in the 1980s (1982, 85, 87-88), Riley also coined (and patented) the phrase "Three-peat" to describe winning a world championship three years in a row; he quit after 1989-90 season, then returned to coach NY Knicks in 1991; 2-time Coach of the Year (1990,93); reached 8th NBA Finals with Knicks in 1994, but lost to Houston in 7 games; entered 1994-95 season as all-time leader in playoff wins (131).
Sports Teams: University of Kentucky (player 1964-1967), San Diego Rockets (player 1967-1970), Los Angeles Lakers (player 1970-1975), Phoenix Suns (player 1975-1976), Los Angeles Lakers (assistant coach 1979-1981), Los Angeles Lakers (coach 1981-1990), New York Knicks (coach 1991-1995), Miami Heat (coach 1995-2003, 2005-2008)

Elmer Ripley -- b.7/21/1891 d.4/29/1982 (90)
NBA Coach, NBA Player, Olympic Athlete
Sports Teams: Wagner (1922-1925), Georgetown (1927-1929), Yale (1929-1935), Georgetown (1938-1943), Columbia (1943-1945), Notre Dame (1945-1946), Georgetown (1946-1949), John Carroll (1949-1951), Army (1951-1953)

Arnold D. "Arnie" Risen -- b.10/9/1924 N.S. d.8/4/2012 N.S. (87)
NBA Player
Misc: 2x NBA Champion (1951, 1957); 4x NBA All-Star (1952-55); 9x All-BAA Second Team (1949)
Sports Teams: Ohio State University Buckeyes, Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL, 1945-1948), Rochester Royals (1948-1955), Boston Celtics (1955-1958)

Austin Rivers -- b.8/1/1992 N.S.
NBA Guard

David Rivers -- b.1/20/1965
NBA Player, College Basketball Coach

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers -- b.10/13/1961 N.S.
NBA Coach, NBA Guard
Sports Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics (coach), Los Angeles Clippers (coach)

Red "Austin" Robbins -- b.9/30/1944 d.11/18/2009 (65)
NBA Player

Brett Roberts -- b.3/24/1970
NBA Forward

Fred Roberts -- b.8/14/1960
NBA Forward

Stanley Roberts -- b.2/7/1970
NBA Center

Alvin Cyrrale Robertson -- b.7/22/1962
NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Sports Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Oscar "The Big O" Robertson -- b.11/24/1938
NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 3-time college Player of Year (1958-60) at Cincinnati; led 1960 U.S. Olympic team to gold medal; NBA champion in 1971 with Milwaukee Bucks; 9,887 career assists; avg career 25.7 points/game; '84 MVP; 26,710 career points. NBA Champion (1971), NBA Most Valuable Player (1964) with the Cincinatti Royals, 12x NBA All-Star (1961-1972), 9x All-NBA First Team (1961-1969), 2x All-NBA Second Team (1970-1971), NBA Rookie of the Year (1961), NBA 35th Anniversary Team (1980), 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996), FIBA Hall of Fame (2009); Kings #14 retired, Bucks #1 retired
Sports Teams: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Royals (1960-1970), Milwaukee Bucks (1970-1974)

Chris Robinson -- b.2/17/1973
NBA Player

Cliff Robinson -- b.3/13/1960
NBA Center, NBA Forward

Clifton Ralph "Clifford" Robinson -- b.12/16/1966
NBA Player

David Maurice Robinson -- b.8/6/1965 N.S.
NBA Center, Olympic Athlete
Misc: college Player of Year at Navy in 1987; overall first pick by San Antonio in 1987 NBA Draft; served in military from 1987-89; led NBA in scoring in 1994; played on bronze medal-winning Olympic team in 1988 and Dream Team gold medal winner in '92; 1996 Dream Team; 2x NBA Champion (1999, 2003); 1x NBA MVP (1995); 10x NBA All-Star (1990-96, 1998, 2000-01); 4x All-NBA First Team Selection (1991-92, 1995-96); 2x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1994, 1998); 4x All-NBA Third Team Selection (1990, 1993, 2000-01); 1x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992); 4x NBA All-Defensive First Team Selection (1991-92, 1995-96); 4x NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection (1990, 1993-94, 1998); NBA Rookie of the Year (1990); NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990); FIBA World Championship gold medalist (1986); 2x Olympic Gold Medalist (1992, 1996); USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1986); Member of the "Dream Team" inducted as a unit in 2010; 1x World Champion (1986); 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Spurs #50 retired
Sports Teams: Navy (1983-1987), San Antonio Spurs (1989-2003)

Floyd (Basketball) Robinson -- b.4/28/1941 d.5/23/2013 (72)
NBA Player

Glenn Robinson -- b.1/10/1973
NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Dream Team
Sports Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

James Robinson -- b.8/31/1970
NBA Player

Len Robinson -- b.10/4/1951
NBA Player

Nate Robinson -- b.5/31/1984 N.S.
NBA Guard

Rumeal Robinson -- b.11/13/1966
NBA Guard

Thomas Robinson -- b.3/17/1991 N.S.
NBA Forward

John Roche -- b.9/26/1949
NBA Player, College Basketball Player, ABA Figure
Misc: University of South Carolina #11 retired
Sports Teams: University of South Carolina, New York Nets (ABA 1971-1974), Kentucky Colonels (ABA 1974-1975), Utah Stars (ABA, 1975), Los Angeles Lakers (1976), Sinudyne Bologna (Italy, 1977-1978), Denver Nuggets (1979-1981)

Guy Rodgers -- b.9/1/1935 d.2/19/2001 (65)
NBA Player
Misc: 6917 assists
Sports Teams: Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1958-1966), Chicago Bulls (1966-1967), Cincinnatti Royals (1967-1968), Milwaukee Bucks (1968-1970)

Jimmy Rodgers -- b.3/12/1943
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Dennis Keith Rodman -- b.5/13/1961 N.S.
NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN: The Worm
Misc: 5x NBA Champion (1989-1990, 1996-1998); 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990-1991); 2x NBA All-Star (1990, 1992); 2x All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995); 7x NBA All-Defensive First Team (1989-1993, 1995-1996); 1x NBA All-Defensive Second Team(1994); 7x NBA Rebounding Champion (1991-98); Pistons #10 retired
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (1986-1993), San Antonio Spurs (1993-1995), Chicago Bulls (1995-1998), Los Angeles Lakers (1999), Dallas Mavericks (2000)

Lou Roe -- b.7/14/1972
NBA Player

Carlos Rogers -- b.2/6/1971
NBA Player

Rodney Rogers -- b.6/20/1971
NBA Player

Roy Rogers -- b.8/19/1973
NBA Player

Steve Rogers -- b.7/30/1968
NBA Guard

Kenny Rollins -- b.9/14/1923 d.10/9/2012 (89)
NBA Player

Wayne "Tree" Rollins -- b.6/16/1955 N.S.
NBA Center
Misc: played 1,156 games

Rajon Rondo -- b.2/22/1986 N.S.
NBA Player

Sean Rooks -- b.9/9/1969 d.6/7/2016 N.S. (46)
NBA Coach, NBA Player

John S. Roosma -- b.9/3/1900 d.11/13/1983 (83)
Basketball Figure
Misc: 3-time All-American selection at Army; 3-time All-Eastern selection at Army; led the Cadets to a 73-13 record and 33 consecutive wins; led Passaic High School to New Jersey State championships (1919-21).

Derrick Rose -- b.10/4/1988
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Chicago Bulls

Jalen Rose -- b.1/30/1973
Basketball Announcer, NBA Guard
Misc: played 1994-2007
Sports Teams: University of Michigan
TV Shows: ESPN NBA analyst

Malik Rose -- b.11/23/1974
NBA Player

Terrence Ross -- b.2/5/1991 N.S.
NBA Player

Ron Rothstein -- b.12/27/1942
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Dan Roundfield -- b.5/26/1953 d.8/6/2012 (59)
NBA Player

Chris Rowe -- b.7/2/1940
NBA Player

Brian Rowsom -- b.10/23/1965
NBA Player

Brandon Roy -- b.7/23/1984
NBA Player

Donald Royal -- b.5/22/1966
NBA Player

Clifford Rozier -- b.10/31/1972 N.S. d.7/6/2018 N.S. (45)
NBA Player

Cesare Rubini -- b.11/2/1923 N.S. d.2/8/2011 N.S. (87)
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Swimmer, Water Polo Player, Italian
Misc: in the International Swimming, Italian Basketball and the Basketball Halls of Fame

Ricky Rubio -- b.10/21/1990 N.S.
NBA Player, Spanish

Mendy Rudolph -- b.3/8/1926 d.7/4/1979 (53)
Basketball Referee
Misc: worked for the NBA for 22 years from 1953-1975; regarded as one of the greatest officials in NBA history; officiated 2,112 NBA games.

Trevor Ruffin -- b.9/26/1970
NBA Guard, ABA Figure

Jeff Ruland -- b.12/16/1958
NBA Center

Adolph Rupp -- b.9/2/1901 d.12/10/1977 (76)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: coached the University of Kentucky basketball with 875 wins; in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Kansas (player 1920-1923), Freeport HS (coach 1926-1930), University of Kentucky (coach 1930-1972)

Cathy Rush -- b.4/7/1947 N.S.
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Immaculata University (1972-1977)

Bryon Russell -- b.12/31/1970
NBA Player

Campy Russell -- b.1/12/1952
NBA Player

Cazzie Russell -- b.6/7/1944
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Sports Teams: New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls

D'Angelo Russell -- b.2/23/1996 N.S.
NBA Guard

John D. Russell -- b.5/31/1902 d.11/15/1973 (71)
NBA Coach, Basketball Player
Misc: ABL championship as a player-coach (Cleveland Rosenblums, 1926); Eastern League championship (Trenton Moose, 1933); ABL championship (New York Jewels, 1939); played in the Interstate, New York State, Pennsylvania State, Metropolitan, and American Basketball Leagues.
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (first coach 1946-1948), Seton Hall University (coach)

William F. "Bill" Russell -- b.2/12/1934
NBA Coach, NBA Center
Names/Places: b. in West Monroe, Louisiana
Misc: won titles in college, Olympics (1956), and pros; Russell was the greatest college player of his time; He played with the Boston Celtics from 1956-69 leading them to winning 11 NBA titles; he had the most NBA rebounds (4,104); also became first big league black head coach in 1966; In 1980 he was voted greatest player in NBA history. 11x NBA Champion (1957, 1959-1966, 1968, 1969), 12x NBA All-Star (1958-1969), 5x NBA MVP (1958, '61, '62, '63, '65), 3x All-NBA First Team Selection (1959, 1963, 1965), 8x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1958, 1960-1962, 1964, 1966-1968), 1x NBA All-Defensive First Team Selection (1969), 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996), NBA 35th Anniversary Team (1980), NBA 25th Anniversary Team (1971), FIBA Hall of Fame (2007); Celtics #6 retired
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (player 1956-1969, coach 1966-1969), Seattle SuperSonics (1973-1977), Sacramento Kings (1987-1988)

Bo Ryan -- b.12/20/1947 N.S.
College Football Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: University of Wisconsin-Madison

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