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Arvydas Sabonis -- b.12/19/1964
NBA Player, Lithuanian
Misc: 6x Euroscar Award (1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1997, 1999); 2x Mr. Europa (1985, 1997); EuroBasket 1985 MVP; 2x Liga ACB MVP (1994, 1995); 2x ACB Finals MVP (1993, 1994); Euroleague Final Four MVP (1995); NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996); Euroleague MVP (regular season and Top 16 phases, 2004); 3x Olympic Medalist (gold, USSR, 1988; bronze, Lithuania, 1992 and 1996); FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991; 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors (2008); FIBA Hall of Fame (2010)
Sports Teams: Portland Trail Blazers (1995-2001, 2002-2003)

Lenny Sachs -- b.8/7/1897 N.S. d.10/27/1942 N.S. (45)
NFL Coach, NFL Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Loyola University Chicago (basketball coach 1923-?), Louisville Colonels (football coach 1926, player 1926), Chicago Cardinals (1920-1922, 1925), Milwaukee Badgers (1923-1924), Hammond Pros (1924-1925)

Garry Saint Jean -- b.2/10/1950
NBA Executive, NBA Coach

Lynn Saint John -- b.11/18/1876 N.S. d.9/30/1950 N.S. (73)
College Baseball Coach, College Football Coach, College Basketball Coach
Names/Places: RN:Lynn Wilburn St. John; NN:The Saint
Sports Teams: Ohio State University (basketball coach 1911-1919, baseball coach 1913-1928), Wooster (football coach 1902-1905, basketball coach 1902-1909), Ohio Wesleyan (football coach 1909-1911, basketball coach 1910-1912, baseball coach 1910-1912)

John "Spider" Salley -- b.5/16/1964 N.S.
Actor, NBA Center, NBA Forward
Names/Places: MN:Thomas

Kevin Salvadori -- b.12/30/1970
NBA Player

Ralph Lee Sampson -- b.7/7/1960
NBA Center, Basketball Coach
Misc: 3x Naismith Award (Virginia, 1981, 1982, 1983); 2x Wooden Award (1982, 1983); 3x consensus first-team All-American (1981-1983); 3x NBA All-Star.
Sports Teams: University of Virginia, Houston Rockets (1983-1987), Golden State Warriors (1987-1989), Sacramento Kings (1989-1990), Washington Bullets (1991), Unicaja Ronda (Spain 1992), Rockford Lightning (CBA 1994-1995), Richmond Rhythm (IBL coach 1999-2000)

Jeff Sanders -- b.1/14/1966
NBA Forward

Mike Sanders -- b.5/7/1960
NBA Coach, NBA Forward

Thomas Ernest "Satch" Sanders -- b.11/8/1938 N.S.
NBA Coach, NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (1960-1973), Harvard (coach, 1973-1977), Boston Celtics (coach, 1978)

Wimp Sanderson -- b.8/8/1937
College Basketball Coach
Names/Places: RFN: Winfrey
Sports Teams: Alabama, UA-Little Rock Head BB Coach

Abraham M. "Abe" Saperstein -- b.7/4/1902 N.S. d.3/15/1966 N.S. (63)
NBA Owner, NBA Coach, English
Misc: ABL; the earliest coach of the Harlem Globetrotters
Sports Teams: Savoy Big Five (which later became the Harlem Globetrotters in which he helped formed as owner and coach), Chicago Majors (owner)

Philip Daniel "Flip" Saunders -- b.2/23/1955 N.S. d.10/25/2015 N.S. (60)
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: coaching career 1977-2015
Sports Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves (1995-2005, 2014-2015), Detroit Pistons (2005-2008), Washington Wizards (2009-2012)

Brian Scalabrine -- b.3/18/1978 N.S.
NBA Forward

DeWayne Jay Scales -- b.12/28/1958
NBA Player

Arthur Schabinger -- b.8/6/1889 N.S. d.10/13/1972 N.S. (83)
College Football Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: Schabinger is credited (although disputed) with throwing the first forward pass in college football history.
Sports Teams: Ottawa (football coach 1915-1919, basketball coach 1916-1920), Emporia State (basketball coach 1920-1922), Creighton (basketball coach 1922-1935)

Adolph "Dolph" Schayes -- b.5/19/1928 N.S. d.12/10/2015 N.S. (87)
NBA Coach, NBA Forward
Misc: 1950's NBA star for the Syracuse Nationals, led them to 1955 NBA title. 19,249 career points
Sports Teams: Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (player 1948-1964), Philadelphia 76ers (coach 1963-1966), Buffalo Braves (coach 1970-1972)

Danny Schayes -- b.5/10/1959
NBA Center

Ossie Schectman -- b.5/30/1919 d.7/30/2013 (94)
NBA Player
Misc: The NBA's first scorer in the league's history.

Steve Scheffler -- b.9/3/1967
NBA Center, NBA Forward

Dwayne Schintzius -- b.10/14/1968 d.4/15/2012 N.S. (43)
NBA Player

Ernest J. Schmidt -- b.2/12/1911 N.S. d.9/6/1986 N.S. (75)
College Basketball Player
Names/Places: NN: One Grand (scored exactly 1,000 points during his college career)
Sports Teams: Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg

Oscar Schmidt -- b.2/16/1958
Basketball Forward, Brazilian
Misc: All-time top scorer in FIBA basketball history; All-time top scorer in the Olympic Games basketball tournaments; 3x Olympic Games top scorer (1988, 1992, 1996); 1x FIBA World Cup top scorer; 16x top scorer in FIBA national leagues (8 in Brazil, 7 in Italy, 1 in Spain); 1 Gold Medal at the Pan American Games (1987); Longest professional career for a basketball player (29 years); FIBA's 50 Greatest Players; FIBA Hall of Fame.
Sports Teams: Palmeiras (Brazil) (1974-1978), Sirio (Brazil) (1978-1982), Caserta (Italy) (1982-1990), Pavia (Italy) (1990-1993), Valladolid (Spain) (1993-1995), Corinthians (Brazil) (1995-1997), Bandeirantes (Brazil) (1997-1998), Barueri (Brazil) (1998-1999), Flamengo (Brazil) (1999-2003)

Detlef Schrempf -- b.1/21/1963
NBA Forward, American, West German

Dennis Schröder -- b.9/15/1993 N.S.
NBA Guard, German

Mike Schuller -- b.9/22/1940
NBA Coach

Dick Schultz -- b.9/5/1929
Executive, College Baseball Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: reform-minded executive director of NCAA from 1988-93; announced resignation on May, 11, 1993, in wake of special investigator's report citing Univ. of Virginia with improper student-athlete loan program during Schultz's tenure as athletic director (1981-87).

Howard Schultz -- b.7/19/1953 N.S.
Entrepreneur, NBA Owner
Misc: Starbucks founder, chairman and CEO
Sports Teams: Seattle SuperSonics (owned 2002-2006)

Byron Anton Scott -- b.3/28/1961
NBA Coach, NBA Guard

Charlie Scott -- b.12/15/1948 N.S.
NBA Player, ABA Figure
Sports Teams: Virginia Squires, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets

Dennis Scott -- b.9/5/1968
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Shea Seals -- b.8/26/1975
NBA Player

Malik Sealy -- b.2/1/1970 d.5/20/2000 (30)
NBA Forward

Barney Sedran -- b.1/28/1891 d.1/14/1964 (72)
NBA Player
Names/Places: NN:Mighty Mike
Misc: Shortest player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame; 1 Hudson Valley League championship (Newburgh, 1912); Pennsylvania League championship and 35 straight wins with Carbondale (1917); 1 New York State League championship (Albany, 1921); played for too many teams to list

Rony F. Seikaly -- b.5/10/1965
Golfer, NBA Center, Lebanese

Brad Sellers -- b.12/17/1962
NBA Forward

Uljana Semjonova -- b.3/9/1952
Baseball Figure, Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete, Soviet
Misc: Center; Unbeaten in international team competition in her 18-year career; two Olympic gold medals (1976, 1980); three World Championship gold medals (1971, 1975, 1983); 11 European Women's Championships; 16 European women's club championships; 15 Soviet club championships; member of the inaugural class of inductees to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999; inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Charles Shackleford -- b.4/22/1966 d.1/27/2017 N.S. (50)
NBA Center, NBA Forward

William W. "Bill" Sharman -- b.5/25/1926 N.S. d.10/25/2013 N.S. (87)
NBA Executive, NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: Lakers executive and General Manager star 6' 2 shooter and scorer; played in California pro leagues, then for Boston Celtics in the 1950s. Later a successful coach, led Cleveland Pipers, and 1972 Los Angeles Lakers to pro championships; USC #11 retired
Sports Teams: USC (1946-1950), Washington Capitols (1950-1951), Boston Celtics (1951-1961), Cleveland Pipers (ABL 1961-1962), San Francisco Warriors (coach 1966-1968), Los Angeles/Utah Stars (coach 1968-1971), Los Angeles Lakers (coach 1971-1976)

John Shasky -- b.7/31/1964
NBA Player

Brian Shaw -- b.3/22/1966
NBA Coach, NBA Guard
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (player), Denver Nuggets (head coach)

Everett Shelton -- b.5/12/1898 N.S. d.4/16/1974 N.S. (75)
College Football Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Philips University (football player), University of Wyoming (basketball coach 1939-1959), Sacramento State (basketball coach 1959-1968)

Lonnie Shelton -- b.10/19/1955
NBA Forward
Sports Teams: New York Knicks, Seattle Supersonics

Dallas Shirley -- b.6/7/1913 N.S. d.3/1/1994 N.S. (80)
Basketball Referee
Misc: officiated over 2,000 basketball games from 1933-1966

Gene Shue -- b.12/18/1931
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: 784 wins

Iman Shumpert -- b.6/26/1990 N.S.
NBA Guard

Jerry Sichting -- b.11/29/1956
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Victor A. "Vic" Siegel -- b.8/24/1920 N.S. d.7/7/2017 N.S. (96)
Basketball Player

Larry Siegfried -- b.5/22/1939 d.10/5/2010 (71)
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics

Jack Sikma -- b.11/14/1955
NBA Center
Sports Teams: Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

Paul Silas -- b.7/12/1943
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: career 1,254 games
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics

Ben Simmons -- b.7/20/1996 N.S.
NBA Player, Australian

Lionel Simmons -- b.11/14/1968
NBA Forward

Dickey Simpkins -- b.4/6/1972
NBA Player

Ralph Simpson -- b.8/10/1949
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Denver Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets

Peyton Siva -- b.10/24/1990 N.S.
NBA Player

Scott Skiles -- b.3/5/1964
NBA Guard

Reggie Slater -- b.8/27/1970
NBA Player

Jerry Sloan -- b.3/28/1942
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Names/Places: RN: Gerald Eugene Sloan
Sports Teams: Baltimore Bullets (player 1965-1966), Chicago Bulls (player 1966-1976, coach 1978-1982), Utah Jazz (coach 1985-2011)

Marcus Smart -- b.3/6/1994 N.S.
NBA Guard

Adrian "Odie" Smith -- b.10/5/1936 N.S.
NBA Player

Bobby "Bingo" Smith -- b.2/26/1946
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Bryant Smith -- b.12/10/1970
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Charles Daniel Smith -- b.7/16/1965
NBA Center, NBA Forward

Chris (Basketball) Smith -- b.5/17/1970
NBA Guard

Dean Smith -- b.2/28/1931 d.2/7/2015 (83)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach, Olympic Athlete
Misc: has coached North Carolina to 24 NCAA tournaments in 33 years, reaching Final Four 9 times and winning championship twice (1982,93); has also led Tar Heels to 13 ACC tourney titles; coached U.S. Olympic team to gold medal in 1976; entered 1994-95 season ranked 2nd on all-time Div. I victory list with 802; in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Kansas (player 1949-1953, coach 1953-1955), Air Force (coach 1955-1958), North Carolina (coach 1958-1997), US Men's National Team (1976)

Derek (NBA Player) Smith -- b.11/1/1961 N.S. d.8/9/1996 N.S. (34)
NBA Player

Don Smith -- b.10/10/1951
NBA Player

Doug Smith -- b.9/17/1969
NBA Forward

Greg Smith -- b.1/28/1947
NBA Player

J. R. Smith -- b.9/9/1985 N.S.
NBA Guard
Sports Teams: New York Knicks

Joe Smith -- b.7/26/1975
NBA Player

Josh (Basketball) Smith -- b.12/5/1985 N.S.
NBA Player

Katie Smith -- b.6/4/1974 N.S.
WNBA Figure, Basketball Player

Kenny Smith -- b.3/8/1965
Sports Analyst, NBA Guard
Names/Places: NN: The Jet
TV Shows: Inside the NBA (TNT)

LaBradford Smith -- b.4/3/1969
NBA Guard

Larry Smith -- b.1/18/1958
NBA Center, NBA Forward

Michael Smith -- b.3/28/1972
NBA Player
Names/Places: NN: The Animal

Michael Smith -- b.5/19/1965
NBA Player

Otis Smith -- b.1/30/1964
NBA Player

Randy Smith -- b.12/12/1948 d.6/4/2009 (60)
NBA Player
Misc: most consecutive games (906 from 1972-83)

Reggie Smith -- b.8/21/1970
NBA Center

Steve (Basketball) Smith -- b.3/31/1969
Sports Analyst, NBA Guard
Misc: of The Dream Team II in the 1994 World Basketball Championships.

Tony Smith -- b.6/14/1968
NBA Guard

Rik Smits -- b.8/23/1966
NBA Center, Dutch (Netherlands)
Sports Teams: Indiana Pacers

Mike Smrek -- b.8/31/1962
NBA Player, Canadian

Tony Snell -- b.11/11/1991 N.S.
NBA Player

Eric Snow -- b.4/24/1973
NBA Player, College Basketball Coach

Dick Snyder -- b.2/1/1944
NBA Player

Mike Sojourner -- b.10/16/1953
NBA Player

Willie Sojourner -- b.9/10/1948 d.10/20/2005 N.S. (57)
NBA Player

Rory Sparrow -- b.6/12/1958
NBA Guard

Elmore Spencer -- b.12/6/1969
NBA Center

Felton Spencer -- b.1/15/1968
NBA Center

Erik Spoelstra -- b.11/1/1970 N.S.
NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Sports Teams: Miami Heat

Latrell Sprewell -- b.9/8/1970
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Jerry Stackhouse -- b.11/5/1974
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Amos Alonzo Stagg -- b.8/16/1862 d.3/17/1965 (102)
College Baseball Coach, College Football Coach, NBA Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: Grand Old Man of Football; 57-yr coach; coached Univ. of Chicago ftbl team 41 yrs incl 5 undefeated seasons; introduced the huddle, tackling dummy, man-in-motion, and end-around play; in the College Football and Basketball Halls of Fame.
Sports Teams: Yale (1885-1889), University of Chicago (as player, 1892, as football coach, 1892-1932), Pacific (football coach, CA, 1933-1946), Susquehanna (associate football HC, 1947-1952), Chicago (basketball coach, 1920-1921, Chicago (baseball coach, 1893-1905, 1907-1913)

Dawn Staley -- b.5/4/1970
Basketball Figure, Basketball Coach
Misc: 2x Naismith Award (Virginia, 1991, 1992); 6x WNBA All-Star; 3x Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, 2000, 2004).
Sports Teams: Richmond/Philadelphia Rage (1996-1998), Charlotte Sting (1999-2005), Houston Comets (2005-2006), Temple (coach 2000-2008), South Carolina (coach 2008-present as of 2015)

Bud Stallworth -- b.1/18/1950
NBA Player
Names/Places: RFN:Isaac

Borislav "Bora" Stankovič -- b.7/9/1925 N.S.
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Serbian
Misc: in the Basketball and FIBA Halls of Fame

John Starks -- b.8/10/1965
NBA Guard
Sports Teams: Golden State Warriors, Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets, Memphis Rockers, New York Knichs, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz

Katy Steding -- b.12/11/1967
College Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Women's Dream Team

Matt Steigenga -- b.3/27/1970
NBA Forward

Christian "Chris" Steinmetz -- b.6/28/1882 N.S. d.6/11/1963 N.S. (80)
College Basketball Player
Misc: Led Wisconsin National Championship Game (1905); Western championship (1905); charter member of Helms Foundation Hall of Fame; enshrined in Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

Edward S. "Ed" Steitz -- b.11/7/1920 N.S. d.5/21/1990 N.S. (69)
College Basketball Coach
Misc: Basketball Official who was considered the leading worldwide authority on amateur basketball rules

Everette Stephens -- b.10/21/1966
NBA Guard

Joe Stephens -- b.1/28/1973
NBA Player

Lance Stephenson -- b.9/5/1990 N.S.
NBA Guard
Sports Teams: Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers

Donald Tokowitz Sterling -- b.4/26/1934
Attorney, NBA Owner
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (former owner who said a racist slur in 2014)

David J. Stern -- b.9/22/1942
NBA Executive
Misc: Marketing expert and former NBA commissioner; took office the year Michael Jordan turned pro; has presided over stunning artistic and financial success of NBA both nationally and internationally, best demonstrated by reception of the Dream Team at 1992 Olympics; league has grown from 23 teams to 27 during his watch and will expand to 29 in 1995 with arrival of Toronto and Vancouver; received unprecedented 5-year, $27.5 million contract extension in 1990.

Cederic Stevenson -- b.8/2/1969
NBA Player

Kebu Stewart -- b.12/19/1973
NBA Player

Larry Stewart -- b.8/21/1968
NBA Forward

Norm Stewart -- b.1/20/1935
College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
TV Shows: University of Missouri (player 1953-1956, coach 1967-1999), State College of Iowa (1961-1966)

Steve Stipanovich -- b.11/17/1960
NBA Player

John Houston Stockton -- b.3/26/1962 N.S.
NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 10x NBA All-Star (1989-1997, 2000); 2x All-NBA First Team Selection; 6x All-NBA Second Team Selection; 3x All-NBA Third Team Selection; 5x NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection; 2x Olympic Gold Medalist (1992, 1996); Member of the "Dream Team" inducted as a unit in 2010; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History; All-time leader in assists; All-time leader in steals; Jazz #10 retired; in the College and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Utah Jazz (1984-2003)

Maurice Stokes -- b.6/17/1933 d.4/6/1970 (36)
NBA Player
Misc: 3x NBA All-Star(1956-58); 3x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1956-58); NBA Rookie of the Year (1956); Sacramento Kings #12 retired; in the College Basketball and Pro Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Rochester/Cincinnatti Royals (1955-1958)

Damon Stoudamire -- b.9/3/1973
NBA Coach, NBA Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach

Amare Stoudemire -- b.11/16/1982
NBA Player

Chris Street -- b.2/2/1972 d.1/19/1993 (20)
NBA Player

Erick Strickland -- b.11/25/1973
NBA Player

Mark Strickland -- b.7/14/1970
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Rod Strickland -- b.7/11/1966
NBA Guard

C. Vivian Stringer -- b.3/16/1948 N.S.
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Cheyney State (1972-1983), University of Iowa (1983-1995), Rutgers University (1995-present as of 2016)

Earl "Yogi" Strom -- b.12/15/1927 N.S. d.7/10/1994 N.S. (66)
Basketball Referee
Names/Places: NN:The Pied Piper
Misc: worked 29 years in the NBA (1957-1969, 1973-1990) and three in the ABA (1969-1972)

Derek Strong -- b.2/9/1968
NBA Forward

Lamont Strothers -- b.5/10/1968
NBA Guard

Pat Summitt -- b.6/14/1952 d.6/28/2016 N.S. (64)
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: University of Tennessee (coach 1974-2012)

Jon Sundvold -- b.7/2/1961
NBA Guard

Bob Sura -- b.3/25/1973
NBA Player

Eddie Sutton -- b.3/12/1936
College Basketball Coach
Misc: has over 800 wins as coach

Greg Sutton -- b.12/3/1967
NBA Guard

Sheryl Swoopes -- b.3/25/1971
Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Women's Dream Team, 6x WNBA All-Star, 4x WNBA chanp
Sports Teams: Houston Comets, Seattle Storm, Tulsa Shock

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